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What is Nestlé doing to ensure zero deforestation?

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 determined not only to protect standing forests but also to restore degraded ones.

In 2010, we made a commitment to end deforestation in our supply chains by 2020. For the last ten years, we have been using a combination of tools, including supply chain mapping, certification, satellite monitoring and on-the-ground assessments, to ensure that the key forest-risk commodities we buy – meat, palm oil, pulp & paper, soy, and sugar – are not linked to deforestation. As of December 2020, 90% of those were assessed as deforestation-free (pdf, 200 Kb). We continue to work with smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to reach 100% deforestation-free by the end of 2022. We've also committed to ensure that the cocoa and coffee that we buy is deforestation-free by the end of 2025.

Building on our work over the past decade, we are evolving from managing deforestation risks in our supply chains to actively conserving and restoring the world's forests and natural ecosystems, while promoting sustainable livelihoods and respecting human right. As part of this, we have committed to planting 200 million trees by 2030.

We also continue to help address the root causes of deforestation through collective action and engagement with all relevant stakeholders, including farmers, suppliers, peer companies, governments, multilateral and non-governmental organizations, and certification bodies. In addition, we take an active role in supporting regulations, policies, and the development of programs and incentives that are needed to protect forests and communities who depend on them.

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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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