Nestlé has recently announced that 77% of its agricultural commodities are verified as deforestation-free.
This is a key milestone in the company’s efforts to achieve its zero-deforestation commitment, the nutrition, health and wellness company said in a statement.
The group said that over the years, Nestlé has worked with partners like Airbus and Earthworm Foundation, and its suppliers to identify areas at risk of deforestation.
The company which owns brand such as Nescafé, Kit Kat and Cheerios outlined that it is using a combination of tools, including certification, supply chain mapping, on-the-ground verification and satellite imagery from the Starling system to achieve this goal.
Grazia Vittadini, chief technology officer, Airbus explained that essentially Starling turns terabytes of satellite images into actionable insight, enabling customers to understand where and why deforestation happens and make the best possible decisions.
“Innovation and technology like Starling is accelerating our journey towards zero deforestation," added Magdi Batato, executive vice president, head of operations, Nestlé SA.
Nestlé is now using the system to monitor its entire palm oil supply chain.
"This is transforming the way we manage deforestation risks in our palm oil supply chain – we are using this tool to hold our suppliers and ourselves accountable," said Batato
In 2010, Nestlé made a no deforestation commitment to ensure that none of its products globally would be associated with deforestation by 2020.
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