Nestlé Project RiLeaf: Riparian Reforestation and Oil Palm Sustainability Initiative

Country : Malaysia

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
Dec 7, 2016, updated December 2016

Background

Nestlé Project RiLeaf: Riparian Reforestation and Oil Palm Sustainability Initiative

An initiative by Nestlé to try to create a landscape where people, nature and agriculture (oil palm), are united by their common source of vitality-water-and to demonstrate that mutual co-existence is possible for all stakeholders.

Programme description

The project will restore riverine vegetation along the Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia. A restored riparian zone will form a buffer zone that will significantly filter the two main pollutants of the river, i.e. soil sediments and chemical fertilizer run-offs, thus giving relief to the Kinabatangan to repair itself with the course of time.

Value to Society

  • - Local community & stakeholder engagement
  • - Income generation for local community
  • - Capacity building: Local communities & industrial training of students
  • - Protect environment for future generations
  • Value to Nestlé

  • - Strengthening relationship with local community and oil palm smallholders
  • - Corporate reputation as a responsible member of the RSPO
  • - Engagement with oil palm smallholders allow for future collaboration in ensuring a secured supply of certified sustainable palm oil
  • Next Steps