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Palm oil is the most cost-competitive, versatile and widely produced vegetable oil. When produced responsibly, it can support millions of livelihoods and reduce pressure on forests and sensitive ecosystems. Unfortunately, palm oil remains linked to risks of adverse social and environmental impacts, including deforestation, in areas where it is produced.

In 2010, Nestlé made a deforestation-free commitment for its supply chains, stating that all its products, globally, will not be associated with deforestation by 2020.

Over the past decade, Nestlé has been using a combination of tools to identify the origin of its raw materials, engage their suppliers and develop and implement strategies to reach the requirements of the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing standard. As a result, 85% of the key agricultural commodities Nestlé buys were verified deforestation-free as of March 2020. That figure will surpass 90% by the end of 2020 and Nestlé will continue to work with smallholder farmers and large suppliers alike to be close to 100% deforestation-free by 2022.

To accelerate this commitment in palm oil, Nestlé is using Starling, a satellite-based service, to monitor 100% of its global palm oil supply chains for deforestation risks. Starling data helps better understand the complex deforestation patterns in palm oil producing areas, where deforestation occurs, what are its key drivers and who is involved. In collaboration with Earthworm Foundation, Nestlé then uses this information to verify compliance, challenge its suppliers and prioritize transformative actions on the ground.

This webinar by Nestlé and Earthworm Foundation explores the role of satellite monitoring in a company’s due diligence process, helping to identify areas at risk of deforestation, supporting on-the-ground investigations and supplier engagement, as well as communicating progress against no deforestation commitments.

Learn more about Nestlé's no deforestation commitment update (April  2020):


11:00-11:05 Opening

Bart Vandewaetere, VP Corporate Communications & Government Relations Nestlé EMENA

11.05-11:25 Responsible sourcing of palm oil: Nestlé’s commitment, challenges and progress

Benjamin Ware, Global Head of Responsible Sourcing, Nestlé (TBC) and Renzo Verne, Senior
Manager, Earthworm Foundation

11:25-11.45 No-deforestation verification: speeding up efforts using a toolbox approach and the Starling satellite monitoring system

Emily Kunen, Global Responsible Sourcing Leader, Nestlé (TBC) and Rob McWilliam, Director,
Technical Services, Earthworm Foundation

11.45-11:55 Enhancing collaboration to promote systemic change

Barbara Wettstein, Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé

11:55-12:15 Moderated Q&A & concluding remarks

Moderator: Bart Vandewaetere

12:15 END

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