What is Nestlé doing to ensure zero deforestation?

Magdi Batato, Chief Operating Officer

Nestlé is strongly opposed to deforestation. We expect 90% of our key agricultural commodities to be verified deforestation-free by the end of 2020. We remain committed to reaching 100% in line with our 2010 commitment. We will continue to work with smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free by 2022.

In March 2020, we reported that 85% of the top five key commodities (pdf, 200 Kb) we buy linked to deforestation (palm oil, pulp and paper, soya, meat and sugar), had been verified as deforestation free. That figure will surpass 90% by the end of 2020.

Through Nestlé’s efforts to decrease deforestation and our no-deforestation commitment, we are using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, satellite monitoring and on-site verification.

We remain committed to ensuring that none of our products is associated with deforestation, and continue to work with our suppliers to help them transform practices. We need to engage with smallholder farmers to ensure we strike the right balance between their livelihoods and forest protection.

Achieving real transformation will require increased transparency across the industry, moving beyond no deforestation towards forest conservation and achieving greater collective action on the ground.

Supply chain transparency is key to hold everyone accountable and demonstrate progress. This is why we have made public the list of our suppliers for the 15 priority commodities in our Responsible Context Sourcing program, and report progress against our no-deforestation commitment. We encourage others to do the same.

We are also scaling up initiatives in agriculture to absorb more carbon. This includes strengthening our programs with farmers to restore land and limit greenhouse gas emissions, including through the replanting of trees and enhancing biodiversity. These actions will contribute to our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

Finally, effective collective action and collaboration on the ground as well as engagement with governments at national and regional levels are also key. This is why we have increased our involvement in a number of collaborative initiatives and will continue to play a leading role to help drive positive change across the industry.

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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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