Nestle suspended from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil; co says it is pursuing a responsible sourcing strategy

Author: James Murrey, BusinessGreen, Published on: 12 July 2018

"'Fundamental differences': Nestle suspended from Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil", 28 June 2018

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) [...] announced [...] that Nestle had been suspended from the group with immediate effect after missing deadlines to file progress reports and pay its membership fees.

However, in a statement Nestle suggested that [...] the suspension was in part the result of a "fundamental differences in the theory of change that Nestlé and RSPO are employing to realise the ambition of a wholly sustainable palm oil industry"...

In a detailed statement responding to the decision, Nestle's global head of responsible sourcing Benjamin Ware said the company would continue to work with RSPO... [b]ut he also stressed that the company regarded RSPO certification as just "one tool" for achieving its ambition to deliver 100 per cent 'responsibly sourced' palm oil by 2020...

"We believe in achieving traceability to plantations and transforming supply chain practices through interventionist activities instead of solely relying on audits or certificates," he explained. "We also believe that in order to achieve genuine industry change, we need to embed the true cost of sustainable production into supply chain procurement practices..."

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