Musim Mas Recognized as a Leader in Global Child Forum’s Benchmark
The Group Achieved a score of 8.7 in The State of Children’s Rights and Business 2023 Global Benchmark
Singapore, 1 November 2023- The Musim Mas Group scored 8.7 out of 10 in Global Child Forum’s Benchmark, the State of Children’s Rights and Business 2023, placing the group as a leader in the forum’s ranking. With this score, the group ranks No. 2 in the list for the Food, Beverage and Personal Care sector, Agricultural Products industry. Musim Mas’ score exceeds the average score of 4.9.
Since 2013, in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, Global Child Forum has assessed over 3,000 companies globally regarding the company’s policies, monitoring, governance, and reporting on children’s rights based on public information.
Scores are computed in four sub-categories covering Governance and Collaboration and efforts at the Workplace, Marketplace, and Community and Environment. Musim Mas obtained a perfect score of 10 out of 10 for the Workplace sub-category, which assesses policies that create a family-friendly workplace, including for caregivers, having supplier audits, and efforts to prevent or remedy child labour, among others.
Protection of children’s rights has been embedded into the Group’s business strategies and decisions. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the foundation for child protection and children’s rights within the policy. These commitments are exemplified in the Group’s Sustainability Policy and active participation in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Beyond policies and commitments, the group has procedures in place. This includes procedures to prevent child labour through age checks and access to remedy.
“Musim Mas believes protecting children’s rights to healthcare and education is key to keeping the parents who are our employees happy and reducing turnover in our workforce. We have over 10,300 children of school-going age who live at our group’s plantations and are enrolled in our schools. We are encouraged by our score at the Global Child Forum benchmark and being recognized as a leader. We strive to do even more,” said Olivier Tichit, Director of Sustainability at Musim Mas.
Since the founding of its plantation business, the Group has dedicated infrastructure for the families who live in and around our plantations. Musim Mas has built 48 childcare centers, 10 kindergartens, and 13 schools around its facilities in Indonesia, with scholarships for higher education provided to students who excel in their academic and extracurricular activities. 54 scholarships were disbursed in 2022. Musim Mas’ schools are free for its employees, with free transportation provided. Children from surrounding communities are welcome to attend, too. The Group also provides healthcare and education for new and expecting mothers among its plantation employees, parental leave, and pre and post-natal healthcare services.
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