Supermax says it has taken concrete steps to protect workers’ rights

by RAHIMI YUNUS / pic by BERNAMA

GLOVEMAKER Supermax Corp Bhd said it has taken concrete steps and is resolute in ensuring the rights of its workers are respected and protected.

The group said the group upholds both local and international labour standards and is fully compliant with environmental, social and governance practices.

“The group is committed to combating forced labour and adheres to labour law regulations pertaining to migrant workers. Our efforts are guided by international policies such as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the International Labour Organisation’s 11 Indicators of Forced Labour,” Supermax said in an exchange filing today.

On Saturday, it was reported that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was investigating Malaysian glove makers Hartalega Holdings Bhd and a Supermax’s unit.

The CBP, however, reportedly said it does not comment on whether specific entities are under investigation.

Supermax said it abides by labour laws and regulations on the recruitment of migrant workers.

The group added that existing policies and procedures, guided by local and international policies, are constantly being reviewed for gaps, if any, for further improvements.

Malaysian glove manufacturers, collectively the world’s largest rubber glove producer, command 67% of the global supply, or 280 billion pieces out of 420 billion in demand, according to the Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association.

Local glove makers face increased scrutiny on foreign workers’ rights and labour practices, with millions of gloves seized by foreign authorities previously as a result.