Response from Nestlé regarding sourcing from palm oil companies allegedly involved with human rights abuses
Human rights abuses, including violations of Indigenous Peoples' rights, are unacceptable and have no place in our operations and supply chains... We recognize the important role that human rights defenders, play in the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. We do not tolerate threats, intimidation or physical attacks against human rights defenders in relation to our operations. We expect our suppliers to follow the same approach.
... In Peru, we’ve been engaging our palm oil suppliers for a number of years on forest protection, human rights and on company-community relations with the support of our partner, Earthworm Foundation... We source directly from Alpamayo, a refinery that buys 100 percent of its volumes from the Olpesa mill. We are aware of the allegations that Olpesa sources from the plantation Ocho Sur, which has been accused of human rights violations.
... As part of our Responsible Sourcing program, we aim to achieve full traceability to plantation for all the palm oil that we source to ensure that it is produced responsibly. This work is based on a traceability self-declaration exercise carried out by all our direct suppliers on annual basis. According to this, Olpesa and Alpamayo do not source from Ocho Sur. However, we take the claims against Ocho Sur very seriously and, in 2019, we engaged our partner, Earthworm Foundation, to carry out an investigation on the ground to verify these claims... The results were inconclusive as Earthworm Foundation was not able to find evidence linking Ocho Sur to Alpamayo and Olpesa. We have therefore commissioned a robust, independent audit of Alpamaya’s and Olpesa’s traceability systems. This audit was planned for the second quarter of this year. This had to be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 mobility restrictions and will take place as soon as the situation permits it... If any shortcomings in the traceability systems are found, a corrective action plan will be implemented together with Aplamyao and Olpesa.