London, UK – In response to the announcement that Nestlé will start monitoring its palm oil supply chain for deforestation, Richard George, forest campaigner, Greenpeace UK said:

“Big brands like Nestlé have been promising to stop deforestation for palm oil for almost a decade. For Nestlé to announce only now that it will start trying to monitor where its palm oil comes from is simply embarrassing.

“Nestlé knows it has been buying palm oil from 23 of the dirtiest producers in Indonesia, much of it via Wilmar International. This is something it can change immediately.

“If Nestlé is serious about fixing its palm oil problem, it needs to drop the dirty trader Wilmar and instruct the companies that produce its palm oil to publish concession maps that prove they aren’t destroying forests.”

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Contacts:

Sol Gosetti, International Communications Coordinator, Greenpeace Southeast Asia:  sol.gosetti@greenpeace.org , +44 (0) 7380845754

Greenpeace International Press Desk: pressdesk.int@greenpeace.org, +31 (0) 20 718 2470 (available 24 hours)