Nestlé wants to monitor its palm oil suppliers via satellite to ensure sustainable production of the important additive for many foods. The world’s largest food manufacturer relies on a technology that was developed by Airbus and the non-profit organization The Forest Trust, as the Swiss group announced on Friday. With its satellite images and radar images, Nestlé wants to ensure that no rainforest is cut down for the production of palm oil by the suppliers.
A few years ago, Nestlé set a goal that by 2020 none of its products would be associated with deforestation. By the end of 2017, the rate was 63 percent.
Palm oil is an important component in many foods and ensures that chocolate melts on the tongue or margarine is spreadable. It is also used in shampoos, detergents and soap. However, the cultivation has come under increasing criticism in recent years, for example because of the necessary deforestation of the rainforest and its consequences for humans and animals. Palm oil is mainly produced in Malaysia and Indonesia.
At a later date, Nestlé plans to extend its monitoring service to include suppliers of paper and soy, among other things.