The Future for Indonesia's Palm Oil Industry: An International and Domestic Legal Perspectives on Business and Human Rights

Welcome to our lunch seminar with presentation by Dinie Suryadini Mukti Arief, University of Oslo.

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Indonesia's legal regulatory framework currently falls short to specifically extend human rights obligations to corporations. Because of this, corporations are left to implement the principles embedded in the UNGPs based on their moral and voluntary commitments. This has resulted in the loose and fragmented implementation of human rights norms and contributed to human rights issues that arise constantly. 

The main objective of this project is to examine the effectiveness of current domestic legal regulatory frameworks and commitment of corporations in implementing the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council's Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework on Business and Human Rights and the UNGPs in Indonesia's palm oil industry. The project attempts to provide a legal analytical approach to explore solutions to the social and human rights issues affecting communities, workers, and specific groups (women and children) in the industry.

The project seeks to offer a critical legal analysis of current regulatory frameworks relating to business and human rights, complemented with socio-empirical analysis of actors, communities and specific vulnerable groups in the palm oil industry. The project hopes to offer a systemic and evidence-based research of human rights issues by exploring the State and corporations’ perspective on business and human rights as well as the availability of effective access to remedy for victims of human rights violations caused by corporate conduct. The project will discuss possible solutions to address identified gaps to better ensure State’s obligation as the main duty bearer for ensuring corporate accountability in respecting human rights in their corporate conduct for the future of Indonesia’s palm oil industry. 

The project hypothesizes that first, the limited initiatives by corporations in carrying our voluntary commitments as outlined in the UNGPs have ramifications to the continuing social and human rights issues caused by business activities. Second, with the absence of an international treaty on business and human rights, the State needs to enact hard laws to extend obligations for UNGP implementation to corporations to mitigate human rights issues caused by their business activities. Third, the intricacy of human rights issues in the palm oil industry calls for a specialized law tailored explicitly to the palm oil industry. 


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Published Oct. 21, 2021 11:38 AM - Last modified Oct. 21, 2021 11:41 AM