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Nestlé Malaysia Teams Up with Sime Darby Plantation to Accelerate Reforestation Efforts to Fight Climate Change

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Partnership will plant over 1 million trees under the scope of Project RELeaf

Petaling Jaya, December 15, 2021 - Ramping up reforestation efforts to plant three million trees in Malaysia by 2023 via Project RELeaf, Nestlé Malaysia inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil, Sime Darby Plantation (SDP). Under the MOA, over 1 million trees are set to be planted across 1,200 hectares of riparian zones and steep slope areas within SDP’s oil palm operation areas.

nestle x sime darby plantationsMr. Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, Group Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation [centre left] and Mr Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad [centre right] at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for the planting of more than 1 million trees across SDP’s estates, flanked by Mr. Rashyid Redza Anwarudin, Head, Group Sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation [far left] and YBhg. Dato' Adnan Pawanteh, Executive Director, Group Corporate Affairs of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad [far right].

Launched in 2020 by Nestlé Malaysia, Project RELeaf aims to restore riparian and forest ecosystems across the Kinabatangan Wetlands and Merisuli Forest Restoration Areas in Sabah, as well as in forest reserves along the Central Forest Spine in Peninsular Malaysia. This is also part of Nestlé’s global efforts to fight climate change and reduce the Company’s carbon footprint.

Through the MOA with SDP, Nestlé will be producing and supplying over 1 million seedlings and conducting planting activities at the sites. Planting sites will be located at selected SDP estates in both Peninsular Malaysia as well as the East Malaysia regions of Sabah and Sarawak.

Mr. Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, said, “Safeguarding the environment is a key priority for Nestlé. This is why we have initiatives in place to help preserve and conserve the country’s natural biodiversity and these include our reforestation efforts such as Project RELeaf, aiming to plant three million trees by 2023. Now, we are pleased to partner with SDP, who is also the main supplier of Nestlé Malaysia’s certified sustainable palm oil. By working together, we can help to reduce total emissions along our value chain while preserving natural ecosystems.”

“This partnership will also contribute to our global pledge to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” he added.

Mr. Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, Group Managing Director, of Sime Darby Plantation, said that the Company is very pleased to be working again with a like-minded partner to realise its commitments of protecting and conserving biodiversity as well as contributing to combat climate change.

"Restoring forests and planting trees on a large scale are important nature-based solutions to increase carbon sinks, as part of our response to climate change. Over the last 12 years, we have planted over 1.5 million trees through various tree-planting projects, including our involvement in a previous project with Nestlé. Sime Darby Plantation is truly excited to renew our collaboration with Nestlé today with RELeaf,” said Mohamad Helmy.

“Over the next five years, we plan to double the number of trees we have planted through our tree-planting projects. And whilst we are on track to achieving our target of 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030, the success of our tree planting projects will be fundamental in how we lay the groundwork towards making and realising a Net Zero commitment,” added Mohamad Helmy.    

All conservation and biodiversity activities that take place under Nestlé Malaysia’s RELeaf Project will be in accordance with the RSPO Management and Rehabilitation of Riparian Reserve Guideline 2018.

Project RELeaf builds on the pioneering Kinabatangan Rileaf Project, which concluded in 2020 and saw one million trees planted in Sabah. Under Project RELeaf, 3 million trees are targeted to be planted by 2023.

About Nestlé Malaysia
Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer. Headquartered in Switzerland, Nestlé is present in more than 180 countries around the world, and our over 270,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of unlocking the power of food to enhance quality of life for everyone, today and for generations to come. Our performance is driven by our Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products. We are committed to improving the lives of the communities in which we operate, whilst maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity.

This is in line with our promise of delivering GOOD FOOD, GOOD LIFE to all. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit or our Facebook page at

For more information, please contact:

Shaheen Zaffar
Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
tel: (+603) 7965 6456
E-mail: [email protected]

Alya Nurina or Yasmin Kadir
acorn communications
Tel: (+603) 7958 8348
E-mail: [email protected]

Sime Darby Plantation is the world's largest producer of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), with a production of 2.097 million MT (as of 31 December 2020).

As a fully integrated global plantation company, SDP is involved in various activities along the full spectrum of the palm oil value chain, including upstream and downstream operations, Research & Development, renewables as well as agri-business. Its upstream operations are spread across Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Its downstream business, also known as Sime Darby Oils, spans across 14 countries worldwide and involves the trading, manufacturing, as well as the sales and marketing of refined oils and fats products, oleochemicals, palm oil-based biodiesel, nutraceuticals and other palm oil derivatives.

With a workforce of about 85,000 employees and a strong focus on operational excellence, research, innovation and sustainability, Sime Darby Plantation is one of the largest companies on Bursa Malaysia, with a market capitalisation of RM25.66bil (USD6.06 bil) as of 14 December 2021.

Sime Darby Plantation
Azneal Azam
Tel: 03-7848 5369
E-mail: [email protected]

Hisyam Samad
Tel: 03-78484410
E-mail: [email protected]