Workers Welfare – East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Kumacaya Monitoring Project in Palm Oil Supply Chain on Worker Welfare, Indonesia


Kumacaya is an innovation to help bridge the trust gap that exists between industry and civil society, which has been caused by company practices that have sometimes had negative impacts on people and the environment. At Kumacaya, we believe that civil society is best placed to provide independent monitoring and verification on the delivery of company NDPE[1] commitments, because civil society exists in all the places overlapped by company supply chains. There is a huge need to promote constructive dialogues between companies and civil society that result in changes to supply chains that protect and enhance peoples’ lives, and their environment.

Kumacaya aims to enable companies and civil society to work together to improve insight about how company supply chains impact people and the environment in the field, in order to promote increased dialogue, remedy and change, resulting in greater trust.

The aim of Kumacaya is to support local people who live and often work where the supply chains begin to collect data on what is actually happening on the ground, and then share that information with the companies who are linked to those same supply chains.

Location: East Kalimantan

This Kumacaya monitoring project will take place in Indonesia, East Kalimantan. It is anticipated that in order to ensure adequate coverage, Kumacaya will contract several Civil Society Experts and Organisation to conduct different portions of the monitoring work.

Topic: Workers welfare

Kumacaya has been in discussion with a range of companies who have raised the need for improve information and monitoring on ‘worker welfare’ in South East Asia. These companies’ requests are partly related to recent reports (see footnote) that document problems on labour rights in the palm oil sector. Many companies, especially brands, feel increasingly vulnerable to potential criticisms about labour problems in their supply chains, and they want greater insight on the scale of the problem, as well as the identification of possible solutions they can implement in their operations to resolve these.

The major problem faced with this issue is the lack of current, independent and credible information about the impacts on the ground with regard to worker welfare.


This Kumacaya monitoring project aims to help fill this gap by providing funding to local organisation in Indonesia to collect information on worker welfare details below. CSO’s are free to propose the methodologies they are comfortable with. The selection will be made by independent third party panellist. However, Kumacaya suggest that at minimum all assessments include an independent data collection approach, a methodology for triangulation. Se, secondary information sources will be accepted as long as the information can be triangulated, anecdotal evidence can be included but can’t be the primary source of information.

The objective of this Kumacaya monitoring project on worker welfare that will be carried out by independent civil society is to identify quality of welfare workers within that area (mill and plantation).

  • What is the predominant workers status? Do workers have rights and benefits correlated to the status?
  • Studying the wage gap between men and women in plantations
  • Health impacts on workers working (exposure to chemicals & associated illnesses, serious work related accidents & injuries, rates of infant mortality & disability…)
  • Impacts of palm oil plantations on high school drop outs rates? Or presence of young workers in plantations (15 – 18years old)


Applicants are encouraged to use their own methodology and propose their way of conducting the work. The Monitoring Projects Terms of Reference are published on the Kumacaya website ( regularly where potential applicants will be able to communicate their interest and obtain information on the application process. Priority will be given to applications from local organisation with appropriate knowledge, expertise language and logistical capacity to conduct this work. Funding guidelines are available on our website for Civil Society, we recommend to read and follow them in order to be eligible for the funds.

Application will be reviewed by selection panel group composed of several experts into the area of concern of the topic and in the palm oil industry and Kumacaya team. Applications will be reviewed, then contract is issued and signed. The process will take maximum 4 weeks. Once the process is done, CSO’s will go and monitor for the period of time they proposed.


Application to send to:

[1] No Deforestation, No Peat, & No Exploitation

Workers welfare E. Kalimantan Indonesia