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Sep 17, 2018

Satellites to take Nestlé one step closer to zero deforestation commitment


Today Nestlé became the first global food company to implement Starling: A satellite-based service that enables Nestlé to monitor 100% of its global palm oil supply chains. Developed by Airbus and The Forest Trust (TFT), Starling is a global verification system demonstrating that no deforestation is taking place throughout the supply chain.

Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations, Nestlé S.A. said, "Nestlé has always been committed to sourcing the raw materials we need to make our products in a responsible manner. In 2010 we made a No Deforestation commitment, stating that all our products globally will not be associated with deforestation by 2020"

63% of Nestlé’s global supply chain was deforestation-free by 2017, and now Nestlé’s 2020 No Deforestation commitment is another step closer to being achieved with this new ground-breaking technology.

Magdi Batato continues, “Starling satellite monitoring is a game changer to achieve transparency in our supply chain. We are pleased to extend this collaboration to cover 100% of Nestlé’s global palm oil supply chains by the end of the year.”

Starling will allow for near-real time forest cover change information and uses the best-in-class machine learning and cloud technologies to do this. It should also allow Nestlé to allow earlier identification of potential deforestation events, as well as allowing Nestlé to monitor its palm oil supply chain 24/7.

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