What is Nestlé doing about deforestation?

employees planting a tree
PROTECTING ECOSYSTEMS: Nestlé employees and seedling planters working on a reforestation project in Malaysia.

In 2010, we made a commitment on no-deforestation (pdf, 28Kb), which states that our products will not be associated with deforestation. This commitment covers all the raw materials we use to make our products and packaging.

We have developed accompanying category-specific requirements set out in the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline (pdf, 2Mb). We are mapping our supply chain of key raw materials back to their origin and we assess and develop our suppliers against these guidelines.

We have an ongoing partnership with global non-profit organisation The Forest Trust to ensure the responsible sourcing of palm oil and pulp and paper.

As a member of the Consumer Goods Forum, we also support its commitment to help achieve zero-net deforestation by 2020.

In 2013, in partnership with the non-governmental organisation Conservation International, we developed guides to track and illustrate areas at greatest risk of deforestation.

In 2014, we joined a number of companies to support Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online transparent mapping application providing data about what is happening in forests worldwide. GFW is intended for use by stakeholders who seek to better manage the world’s forests and improve local livelihoods.

In February 2018, we published an update on our progress towards eliminating deforestation (pdf, 90 Kb) in 5 of our key commodity supply chains. This update is based on risk mapping combined with 3rd party verification on the ground, and/or from the sky, using our traceability data back to farms as a foundation [November 2017]. As our supply chain evolves on a daily basis, we will continue to closely monitor this performance and issue regular updates on our progress.

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