Meet the families working in Indonesia’s palm oil industry

What has been the effect of this agribusiness company’s dual-income policy on the households of its Indonesian workers?

Security manager Syamsul Bahri has worked at palm oil company PT Hindoli in South Sumatra for 26 years. Four years ago, his daughter Riri Damayanti became his colleague.

PT Hindoli, a subsidiary of agribusiness giant Cargill Tropical Palm, operates plantations and mills that process fresh fruit bunches into crude palm oil and palm kernel.

As a senior project clerk, Riri supervises projects, makes cost projections and produces field reports for her administrative colleagues. Every morning, father and daughter set off for work together.

“While other companies do not always allow family members to work at the same company, Cargill encourages it through its employment policies,” said Syamsul, whose family has lived in South Sumatra for four generations.

Thousands of the company’s 19,000 employees in Indonesia have a family member also working there, under Cargill’s dual-income policy.

Watch how cultivating sustainable palm oil helps families like Syamsul and Riri’s thrive for generations. 

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