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Member since: June 2010 Commodities: Palm oil, Pulp & Paper, Coconut, Cocoa


Member since: June 2010

Commodities: Palm oil, Pulp & Paper, Coconut, Cocoa


Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 187 countries around the world, and its 291,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future.

Earthworm Foundation is helping Nestlé to identify the origin of its raw materials, engage its suppliers and to develop and implement strategies to reach the Nestlé Responsible Sourcing standard in its pulp & paper, palm oil and coconut supply chains.

News & Media

Sep 13, 2019

Historic commitment by Nestlé puts focus on nature and people

Key Milestones

Key impacts

Nestle’s long-term engagement in north-west Russia has contributed in part to the formal protection of 300,000 hectares of the Dvinsky Intact Forest Landscape.
In 2019, 8 ongoing global pulp and paper initiatives, spanning diverse countries, showcased significant contributions to forest conservation and human rights. These projects, such as the Vietnam Rurality initiative, involved the planting of 44,000 acacia seedlings (equivalent to 19 hectares) by the Son My Commune, impacting vast forest areas and supporting the livelihoods of numerous workers across various communities.
79% of Nestlé’s palm oil supply chain is currently considered Responsibly Sourced, with plans in place to increase this proportion in 2020. For pulp & paper 91% of the known virgin fibre is considered Responsibly Sourced.

Palm oil

Palm oil is a highly versatile and inexpensive vegetable oil used in many consumer goods products. It is also an extremely efficient crop, producing as much as 10 times per hectare as other vegetable oils. But its role as a major driver of economic growth is also associated with the loss of tropical forest habitats.

Earthworm Foundation leads on establishing transparency in Nestlé’s palm oil supply chain and tracking suppliers’ progress on implementing Nestlé’s Responsible Sourcing Standard. We also partner with Nestlé in a large number of transformation and verification projects, such as developing forest production-protection models in Peru, investigating high-risk suppliers globally and using Starling satellite monitoring of deforestation. On human rights and community needs, our work with Nestlé provides access to safe drinking water in Papua New Guinea, to improved respect of labour rights for Indonesian plantation workers and ways to address the issue of children in plantations in Malaysia. The list goes on. See Nestle’s palm oil progress report for more.

Feb 12, 2020

Report providing insights into recruitment costs in Malaysia

Jan 29, 2020

Despite challenges in meeting 2020 deforestation reduction targets, preservation of key landscapes remains possible and vital

Dec 6, 2019

Film: Clean water for communities in Papua New Guinea

Pulp & Paper

Forests are under increasing pressure from human activity, resulting in forest loss and degradation. The forest product industry can contribute to these pressures but is also an essential part of the solution to keep forests thriving and restore forest values.

Since 2011, Nestlé and Earthworm Foundation have analysed and prioritised high priority pulp & paper sources for on-the-ground engagement to drive targeted transformation in line with Nestlé’s expectations. This work continues today and is supplemented by projects in key sourcing areas through Healthy Forest Landscape approaches on specific issues such as Intact Forest Landscapes and with Indigenous Communities as well as technologies such as Starling satellite imagery to monitor No Deforestation commitments and also exploring social issues in recovered fibre supply chains.

Nov 30, 2021

The Dvinsky code to healthy forest landscapes in Russia

Apr 12, 2018

How we’re tackling challenges in the pulp and paper industry

Jun 20, 2017

Towards a more responsible pulp and paper industry


The coconut palm is often called the ‘tree of life’ because of its versatility and importance to rural livelihoods. But with global demand for coconut now outstripping supply, smallholder farmers can struggle with issues including ageing trees and poor production techniques.

Earthworm Foundation is joining Nestlé in the start of their work on Responsible Sourcing of coconut products. In 2019, we began to map Nestlé’s coconut supply chain and conduct baseline assessments in sourcing regions. Findings from this work will enable development of Nestlé’s 2025 roadmap to Responsible Sourcing for coconut. Stay tuned!

Feb 26, 2020

Earthworm's Róisín Mortimer explores the state of the coconut industry

Nov 27, 2015

Pro Fair Trade AG share their journey so far in mapping their coconut supply chain

Feb 15, 2018

We need trust and change, not ticks in boxes