Our commitment: Preserve natural capital, including forests
By 2016 – The U.S. raw material volume for the 12 priority categories is aligned to support the global goal of 40% to be assessed against the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing Guideline.
We source a large range of raw materials from farms and forests, and we recognize our long-term success depends on the products and services provided by natural capital. That is why, in our Nestlé Commitment on Natural Capital, we state our intention to manage our operations in a way that protects forests, biodiversity and ecosystem services; act as a responsible steward of natural capital; report on risks and responses; support consumers to make better-informed choices; and work with stakeholders.
As part of our commitment to protecting biodiversity and ecosystems, we have continued our efforts in tackling deforestation, particularly in the production of palm oil. Globally, we bought around 420,000 tons of palm oil in 2015 — about 1% of global production — from a number of processing companies that source oil from Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries. Of that 420,000 tons, 42,000 tons were sourced for products made in the United States. By the end of 2015, 98% of our palm oil was traceable to the mill and 20% was traceable to the plantation for the U.S. supply. We continue to work with our suppliers and partner, The Forest Trust and Conservation International, to source credible data and carry out field assessments to increase the traceability in our palm oil supply chain.