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Nestlé has been recognized as a front runner since 2010 when it released a responsible palm oil commitment that required its suppliers to comply with a higher standard than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) by ending the destruction of rainforests, peatlands and abuse of human and labor rights.

In order to drive real change, Nestlé should require compliance across suppliers’ entire operations, strengthen its requirements on upholding human and labor rights and publish a time-bound plan with an assertive deadline to cut Conflict Palm Oil.

Current Palm Oil Commitment (May 2010 and August 2013):

Requires suppliers to go beyond the inadequate standards of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and end the destruction of rainforests, peatlands, and abuse of human and labor rights

Applies to all branded products in all countries where products are made and sold

Aims “to continuously increase the amount of palm oil that [the company] can trace back to plantations”

Commits to achieving 95% traceability to the mill and 75% responsibly sourced palm oil by the end of 2015.

Has commissioned a second-party to verify traceability to known plantations in its supply chain and conduct supplier assessments

Accepts RSPO certification “as verification of compliance with the Nestlé RSGs, with the exception of the requirements on peatland and high carbon forest which must be independently verified”

Has a commitment to transparent reporting on progress annually towards full implementation of commitment

Advocates for palm oil sector reforms with peers and other decision makers

Phasing out reliance on discredited RSPO GreenPalm Certificates

Weaknesses in Palm Oil Commitment:

No assertive deadline for cutting Conflict Palm Oil from global operations 

No requirement for compliance across suppliers’ entire operations

No requirement for an immediate moratorium on the destruction of rainforests and peatlands across grower entire operations

No requirement for independent, third-party verification of supplier compliance with social safeguards beyond inadequate RSPO auditing

No published commitment or procedures to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil suppliers

No public time-bound implementation plan, with clear performance based milestones for achieving traceable, transparent and independently verified supply chains

No requirement for public transparency from palm oil growers, refiners, and traders

Current status:

Ongoing sourcing from unknown plantations and high risk regions

Company products at high risk of contamination with Conflict Palm Oil

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