“Our ‘eyes in the sky’ will monitor our palm oil supply chain 24/7, regardless of their certification status. This will enable us to further disclose publicly what we find, where we choose to suspend non-compliant suppliers, and where we choose to engage and improve the situation.”
Benjamin Ware, Global Head of Responsible Sourcing, Nestlé S.A. disclosed this in a statement, weekend in Switzerland, said the reason is to enable the company to meet its
“2020 No Deforestation commitment.”
He said that with this development, Nestle has become the first global food company to implement Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100% of its global palm oil supply chains.
“Starling was developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust (TFT) as a global verification system evidencing that no deforestation is taking place throughout the supply chain.
“Deforestation is a serious and complex issue and addressing it requires the entire industry working together towards greater transparency, inclusiveness, direct supply chain engagement and capacity building throughout the supply chain.
“Nestlé has always been committed to source the raw materials we need to make our products in a responsible manner,” he said.
Records 63% deforestations- free supply
Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, and Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A., added: “In 2010, we made a No Deforestation commitment stating that all our products globally will not be associated with deforestation by 2020. By 2017, 63% of Nestlé global supply chain was deforestation-free.
“In order to accelerate this journey, we have worked with Airbus and TFT since mid-2016 to embark on a pilot project over the Perak landscape in Malaysia. Starling satellite monitoring is a game changer to achieve transparency in our supply chain and we are pleased to extend this collaboration to cover 100% of Nestlé’s global palm oil supply chains by the end of the year. We will also extend this program to cover our pulp and paper supply chains next year as well as soya at a later stage,” he added.
Bastien Sachet, CEO, TFT said, “We welcome Nestlé’s commitment to using Starling to monitor 100% of its palm oil supply chain. When we started our No Deforestation journey with Nestlé in 2010, no tools existed for them to effectively monitor their suppliers in this way and a solution had to be created. Now, we are pleased to say, there is a ready and able tool to help companies rid deforestation from their supply chains. We see this milestone as the next step in our journey with Nestlé.”