Food and drink giant Nestlé buys palm oil from companies linked to the destruction of Paradise Rainforests in Indonesia.
The new Greenpeace report, “Caught Red-Handed: How Nestlé Use of Palm Oil is Destroying Rainforests and the Climate” exposes how Nestlé is sourcing palm oil from suppliers, which continue to expand into virgin rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands, including habitat critical for endangered orangutans.
The company’s suppliers include Sinar Mas, a company which is destroying Indonesia’s rainforest — critical habitat for an unbelievable assortment of wildlife, including orangutans — to make way for palm oil plantations.
Take action now and tell Nestlé to stop buying palm oil from suppliers that destroy rainforests and peatlands.
In the last three years, its annual use has almost doubled, with 320,000 tons of palm oil going into a range of products, including some of its most popular brands.
“Every time you take a bite out of a PowerBar, you may be taking a bite out of Indonesia’s rainforests, which are critical for the orangutan’s survival. Nestlé needs to stop using palm oil from suppliers that are destroying rainforests and polluting the climate,” said Rolf Skar, Greenpeace senior campaigner.
Other leading companies have stopped buying from Sinar Mas as a result of its shocking environmental and social practices. Food and cosmetics giant Unilever canceled a $30 million dollar contract in 2009, while Kraft canceled its contract with Sinar Mas in February of 2010.
- Dear Brad Alford, Chairman & CEO, Nestlé USA
The expansion of palm oil plantations is one of the leading drivers of rainforest destruction in Indonesia, threatening wildlife like the critically endangered orangutan. The burning of forests and draining of peatlands has made Indonesia one of the largest climate polluters in the world.
As the largest food and drink company in the world, Nestlé uses more than 350,000 tons of palm oil in products around the world such as Nestlé Crunch, Power Bar, and Coffee Mate. In the last three years, Nestlé's use of palm oil has almost doubled.
Greenpeace has documented that Nestlé buys palm oil from companies linked to rainforest destruction such as the Sinar Mas group. Sinar Mas destroys rainforests for palm plantations, despite the impact on the local communities, wildlife and the climate. In addition to being the largest palm oil company in Indonesia, Sinar Mas also owns paper giant Asia Pulp & Paper another company linked to deforestation.
Nestlé should use its market leadership to clean up its supply chain and make a real difference for the rainforests of Indonesia. Other companies are taking steps to cancel contracts with Sinar Mas and support solutions to protect forests and peatlands.
It's time for Nestlé to:
- Stop direct trading with companies within the Sinar Mas group.
- Stop buying Sinar Mas palm oil and paper products from third-party suppliers.
- Engage the Indonesian Government and industry to deliver a moratorium on forest and peatland destruction.
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