In addition to preventing deforestation and restoring forests within our supply chains, we need to support the transformation of the wider landscapes our raw materials come from.
The farms in our supply chains are not isolated – they are part of broader local economies with multiple industries and land uses. This is why we need to take action and apply integrated strategies that help address the many deforestation drivers in the key regions we source our raw materials from.
By joining together with the private sector, governments, smallholder farmers and Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities, we can help achieve the vision of a regenerative and equitable agricultural system.
Working at landscape level
Reaching beyond our supply chains
Working at a landscape level is complex – but we believe it is necessary to have a significant impact. This is where the potential benefits for biodiversity, water stewardship, human rights, climate change and sustainable livelihoods become important.
This means we need to work very closely with other stakeholders to achieve our goals. Here are some of the actions we will take:
- Support landscape initiatives in our strategic procurement origins
- Focus sourcing on landscapes demonstrating Forest Positive practices
- Support active conservation and restoration initiatives in priority landscapes
- Support smallholder livelihood initiatives in priority landscapes
- Participate in the development of sustainable finance mechanisms
Helping to conserve and restore the Cavally Forest
In 2020 we partnered with the Ministry of Water and Forests of Côte d’Ivoire and the Earthworm Foundation to conserve and restore the Cavally Forest Reserve. Nestlé’s CHF 2.5 million investment aims to end deforestation and restore degraded forests, as well as providing transition pathways for farmers currently producing in the reserve. We are also promoting regenerative agriculture practices in areas surrounding the reserve.
This holistic approach aims to go beyond ensuring no deforestation in our cocoa supply chain to encompass the rights and well-being of all people living and working around the reserve, as well as the sustainability of the broader forest landscape and environment.
Conserving 500 000 hectares of tropical forest with green finance
The Rimba Collective is the largest private-sector forest conservation initiative, led by Lestari Capital. Through it, Nestlé is supporting the conservation and restoration of over half a million hectares of tropical forest landscapes in Southeast Asia.
Initially focusing on Indonesia, the initiative aims to deliver USD 1 billion in forest conservation and restoration in the region over the next 25 years.
Partnerships for bigger impact
We can’t do this alone. Nestlé partners throughout our supply chain and with industry-wide coalitions such as the Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition and One Planet Business for Biodiversity to help conserve high-value ecosystems. Together, we are investing in landscape initiatives to help end deforestation and promote regenerative agriculture systems in high-risk origins.
As part of our involvement in the CGF Forest Positive Coalition, we are involved in several palm oil, pulp and paper and soya landscape initiatives. At COP26, the Coalition launched its Landscape Engagement Ambition to transform production landscape areas the size equivalent of the Coalition’s combined production-base footprint to forest positive by 2030.