It was criticised for failing to submit a report stating how it would ensure the use of certified sustainable palm oil.
The membership of Nestlé with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has been suspended, effective from the date of this announcement, in accordance to Clause 5.5 of the RSPO Code of Conduct for Members 2017, and as approved by the RSPO Board of Governors at its meeting on 27 June 2018.
The reason for this suspension is due to breaches of the RSPO Statutes and Code of Conduct for Members 2017, outlined as follows: Nestlé has not submitted the ACOP report for 2016, and for 2017 submitted the ACOP report without a time-bound plan. It is compulsory for members to communicate their commitment by submitting the ACOP reports annually as required under the Code of Conduct for Members 2017 as follows:
As several of Nestlé facilities are RSPO Supply Chain certified, membership suspension will result in suspension of certification. This certification suspension extends to all its subsidiaries and covers all facilities as per RSPO records as follows:
- Nestlé Australia (up for renewal in November 2018)
- CPUK Bromborough (up for renewal in September 2019)
We will grant Nestlé a period of 30 days (from the date of this letter) to communicate its suspension to its customers, thus allowing them to seek alternatives. After this 30 day period, Nestlé certificates will automatically cease to be valid and trading of CSPO will no longer be available via PalmTrace.