Nestle announces NGO partnership to verify palm oil
Date: 18 May 2010
Nestle has said that it will work with the Forest Trust to review its palm oil supply chain to ensure it is not associated with illegal rainforest and peatland clearance. The move follows a vigorous campaign against the company by NGO Greenpeace.
Suppliers that fail to meet the criteria set by the two organisations will be required to fall into line or face being delisted. It represents a significant attempt to make progress in the face of a current status quo where palm oil is routinely mixed together making accurate traceability impossible.
The Forest Trust has formerly been known for its focus on timber procurement, working with UK companies such as Kingfisher (owner of the B&Q retail chain) and Marks & Spencer.
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