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What is Nestlé doing to ensure deforestation-free supply chains?

Magdi Batato, Chief Operating Officer


Forests are key to preserving biodiversity, fighting climate change, and achieving our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. They also provide livelihoods to millions of people around the world. We are working towards deforestation-free supply chains by the end of 2022 for palm oil, pulp & paper, meat, soy and sugar and by 2025 for cocoa and coffee.

Over the last decade, we have been using a combination of tools, such as supply chain mapping, certification, and satellite monitoring, to assess and address deforestation risks in our supply chains. As of December 2022, 99.1% of the forest-risk commodities that we buy (meat, palm oil, pulp & paper, soy and sugar) were assessed as deforestation-free. We continue to work with smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike in connection with our deforestation-free commitment.

Building on our work, we are evolving towards a Forest Positive strategy, which aims to move beyond managing deforestation risks in our supply chain to targeting a positive impact on our broader sourcing landscapes. This includes growing 200 million trees by 2030.

Nestlé's progress in tackling deforestation and safeguarding human rights was recognized by the 2023 Forest500 ranking. This placed the company near the very top of the list of private sector performers.

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Engaging our suppliers

We use the data provided by Starling to engage our suppliers on deforestation risks. This graphic illustrates our engagement process.

Our palm oil supplier engagement process

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