SAN FRANCISCO –– This week, Nestlé –– the world’s largest food and beverage company –– publicly disclosed the forest footprint of its palm oil supply chain in the Indonesian province of Aceh. Responding to mounting public pressure, Nestlé is the first company to publish its forest footprint of an area –– an accounting of the total area of forests, peatlands and the rights of Indigenous and local communities that have been, or could be, impacted by the brand’s consumption of forest-risk commodities such as palm oil and paper.
Gemma Tillack, forest policy director at Rainforest Action Network, issued the following statement: “Nestlé’s publication of its forest footprint in Aceh sets an important precedent. It’s never been more urgent to keep forests standing –– we have less than a decade to stop the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Nestlé’s action must be followed by its peers."
Tillack added, “Nestlé has taken the first step to understand its impact in one of the most important forest regions on Earth –– the Leuser ecosystem."