Islamabad—Philip Morris International (PMI) has taken some remarkable initiatives to improve the existing conditions involving agricultural labour in Pakistan, reveals PMI’s Progress Report on Agricultural Labour Practices (ALP) programme 2014-15. The report brings to light the existing scenario concerning agricultural labour practices and steps were taken by PMI for improvements in different regions across the globe including Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Including Pakistan, PMI and its suppliers are working in six countries to establish six pilot projects to tackle the problems faced by the farmers and resolution of disputes. The other five countries are Malawi, Indonesia, India, Thailand, and Ecuador. This process is helping PMI’s affiliates and suppliers to design and implement pilots that are fully tailored to the local reality and challenges there, the report says.
PMI has introduced the concept of farmer and worker support services based on a combination of two components: 1. Solving conflicts and problems: enabling workers to raise questions and issues about labour practices to a trusted and neutral third-party that can advise and follow-up when appropriate. 2. Providing additional services: providing assistance to workers and farmers to build trust, capacity, and improve labour.