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Nestle spokesperson said. "Our approaches to this do differ, and we respect
the R.S.P.O. board's decision regarding
Nestle's membership. We will continue
our dialogue with R.S.P.O. and hope to
re-qualify in the near future."
The R.S.P.O. has requested that
Nestle fully comply and commit to the
R.S.P.O. statutes and code of conduct for
members by July 20. The R.S.P.O. will lift
the suspension and reinstate certification once it is satisfied the conditions
have been met.
In response, Nestle said it has timebound plans in place for its "responsibly
sourced" palm and annually reports on
its progress. Notification of the plans and
relevant online links were submitted to
the R.S.P.O. as part of the A.C.O.P. report.
"However, as Nestle's goal is not
to achieve 100% R.S.P.O. certification
of palm oil, we were asked by R.S.P.O.
to remove our response and re-submit
that we have 'no action plan,'" Nestle
said. "Whilst we respect the decision of
R.S.P.O. to consider only action plans
focused on moving toward 100% certification, we believe that this approach is
not conducive to achieving the levels of
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oil by 2020. The company currently is at
58%. Nestle has traced 50% of the palm
oil it buys back to the plantations and
92% back to the mills.
"We have always viewed the R.S.P.O.
certification as one tool in achieving
'We will continue to provide full
transparency to our clients and
consumers with progress against our
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that ambition, but it is not the only tool,"
Nestle said. "We respect the R.S.P.O.
board decision and recognize that there
are fundamental differences in the
theory of change that Nestle and R.S.P.O.
are employing to realize the ambition of
a wholly sustainable palm oil industry.
We believe in achieving traceability to
plantations and transforming supply
chain practices through interventionist
activities instead of solely relying on
audits or certificates. We also believe
that in order to achieve genuine industry
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Nestle has set a goal of achieving 100% responsibly sourced palm oil by 2020.
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industry transparency and transformation the sector so urgently needs.
"We will continue to provide full
transparency to our clients and consumers with progress against our commitments. As an example, in early June we
published a list of 10 companies that
will be removed from our supply chain
for not making enough progress toward
our responsible sourcing provisions
as well as a dedicated action plan to
address labor rights issues in the palm
Nestle said it remains committed to
achieve 100% responsibly sourced palm
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change, we need to embed the true cost
of sustainable production into supply
chain procurement practices, rather than
focusing on premium mechanisms only."
The R.S.P.O., based in Kuala
Lumpur, is a not-for-profit that unites
stakeholders from the seven sectors of
the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer
goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/
investors, and environmental and
social non-governmental organizations
(N.G.O.s). The R.S.P.O. seeks to develop
and implement global standards for
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