77 percent of Nestlé’s agricultural commodities are deforestation-free

Nestlé announced that 77 percent of its agricultural commodities are verified as deforestation-free. This is a key milestone in the company’s efforts to achieve its zero-deforestation commitment.

77 percent of Nestlé’s agricultural commodities are deforestation-free

77 percent of Nestlé’s agricultural commodities are deforestation-free

In 2010, Nestlé made a no deforestation commitment to ensure that none of its products globally would be associated with deforestation by 2020. Over the years, the company has worked with partners like Airbus and Earthworm Foundation, and its suppliers to identify areas at risk of deforestation.

Starling is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Airbus, Earthworm Foundation and Nestlé. Nestlé is now using the system to monitor its entire palm oil supply chain. Starling’s cutting-edge technology helps Nestlé understand better where deforestation occurs, what drives it and who is involved.

Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A., said, “Innovation and technology like Starling is accelerating our journey towards zero deforestation. This is transforming the way we manage deforestation risks in our palm oil supply chain – we are using this tool to hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable. We are satisfied with our progress, but there is much more to do. The last miles to go are always the hardest.”

“Starling turns terabytes of satellite images into actionable insight, enabling customers to understand where and why deforestation happens and make the best possible decisions,” said Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, Airbus.

Transparency is essential in ensuring sustainable supply chains. Today Nestlé also published a Transparency Dashboard that uses Starling data to provide information on deforestation trends observed near the mills it sources from.

“Nestlé is the first company to use satellite monitoring across all its palm oil supply chain, accelerating its no deforestation commitment and providing such level of transparency to the public. … Eventually, publically available information about deforestation and supply chains will allow consumers and investors to really see which companies are truly walking the talk,” said Bastien Sachet, CEO of Earthworm Foundation.

Nestlé will continue to engage with all its suppliers to fulfil its no deforestation commitment more quickly. In particular, the company also recognizes the need for a collaborative approach to improve smallholder’s capacity in eliminating deforestation.

Combating deforestation requires true transformation of all global commodity-based supply chains – and this is a shared responsibility.

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