Nestlé membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is renewed
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) association, has reinstated Nestlé’s membership after renewing its action plan on using 100% certified sustainable palm oil by 2023.
As the company explained, its shares a joint vision with the RSPO of transforming the palm oil industry, which has a strong connection with the confectionery market. There have been considerable concerns in recent years regarding overall industry progress on monitoring and ensuring environmentally sensitive usage of palm oil, with a number of companies operating in the sector pledging to improve their supply chain operations.
According to Nestlé, the company said that it if its sustainability goals were to be achieved, the entire industry would be required to work towards greater transparency, inclusiveness, direct supply chain engagement and capacity building throughout the supply chain.
Presently, a number of Nestlé products within confectionery use palm oil, though the company has previously stated that it is working towards using as much palm-oil free ingredients as possible. It sources its oil from a number of global sources including Malaysia, Indonesia, Latin America and West Africa.
Benjamin Ware, Nestlé’s global head of responsible sourcing, welcomed the latest news on retaining its membership of the RSPO.
He said: “Transparency in our supply chain has always been a priority. Nestlé has always been committed to implementing responsible sourcing and has made significant progress towards our commitment to using fully responsibly sourced palm oil.
“Nestlé supports RSPO’s role in driving industry wide change and appreciates its decision following the submission of our action plan, which focuses on increasing traceability primarily through segregated RSPO palm oil. This builds on Nestlé’s ongoing activities to achieve a traceable and responsibly sourced palm oil supply chain.”