Nestle partners with The Forest Trust

by Jeff Gelski
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VEVEY, SWITZERLAND — A partnership with The Forest Trust, a global non-profit organization, will help Nestle S.A. to build responsible supply chains by identifying and addressing embedded social and environmental issues, Nestle said May 17. The partnership will start with palm oil sourcing. Nestle also is studying supply chains to determine targets for the pulp and paper it uses.

Nestle and The Forest Trust have defined responsible sourcing guidelines, a set of requirements to guide the Nestle procurement process and to ensure compliance with a Nestle supplier code. Nestle will seek to identify and exclude companies owning or managing high-risk plantations or farms linked to deforestation.

Nestle’s goal is to use only palm oil from sustainable sources by 2015. In 2010, 18% of the company’s palm oil purchases were from sustainable sources. The percentage is expected to reach 50% by the end of 2011.
Nestle and The Forest Trust have developed the following palm oil requirements:

●be derived from plantations and farmers operating in compliance with local laws and regulations;
●protect high conservation value forest areas;
●support the free prior and informed consent of indigenous and local communities to activities on their customary lands where plantations are developed;
●protect peatlands; and
●protect forest areas of ‘high carbon’ value.

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