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Nestlé Malaysia and Sime Darby Plantation Commence Reforestation Collaboration under Project RELeaf

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Yayasan Sime Darby contributes 3,000 seedlings for the collaboration’s first tree planting site in Sua Betong Estate

Negeri Sembilan, March 28, 2022 - Nestlé Malaysia and Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) recently commenced their first reforestation collaboration under Project RELeaf with a tree-planting programme in SDP’s Sua Betong estate. Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) has committed RM2 million to support Nestlé’s replanting efforts in this project. YSD’s contribution includes the purchase of seedlings comprising 23 different types of tree species to be planted as part of the three million trees. These seedlings will be planted at seven selected locations across SDP’s operations in Peninsular and East Malaysia. To kick off the collaboration, 3,000 seedlings were planted in Sua Betong estate by 150 volunteers from Nestlé Malaysia and SDP.

tree planting initiative in SDP's Sua Betong estate[From left] Mr. Shanmugaraj, Executive Director of Malaysian Nature Society, Dr. Harikrishna Kulaveerasingam, Chief Research & Development Officer of Sime Darby Plantation (SDP), Mr. Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad and Mr. Roslin Azmy Hassan, CEO (Upstream Malaysia) of Sime Darby Plantation at the tree planting initiative in SDP's Sua Betong estate.

Spearheaded by Nestlé Malaysia, Project RELeaf aims to plant three million trees across Malaysia by 2023 to restore and improve forest ecosystems and protect wildlife as well as critical water supplies. As part of the project, Nestlé Malaysia and SDP signed a Memorandum of Agreement in December 2021 to plant over one million trees across 1,200 hectares within SDP’s oil palm operation areas to restore degraded forest along riparian zones, hilly and flat terrains. This will help establish forest linkages that reconnect key forest fragments to allow wildlife to move freely between patches of forests and increase the availability of food sources such as wild fruits for various wildlife species.

Mr. Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer of Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad, said, “At Nestlé, we are deeply aware of the importance of conserving natural ecosystems which are vital to establish wildlife corridors, helping to mitigate the risk of human-animal conflict. This is also key for the conservation of precious water resources and to protect biodiversity, in addition to supporting livelihoods of local communities. Forests are also the green lungs of the planet, providing a nature-based solution for carbon sinks that are fundamental to combat climate change. To this end and in conjunction with the United Nations International Day of Forests, we are accelerating our reforestation efforts together with our partners as part of Project RELeaf. With Nestlé's well-established presence of 110 years growing with Malaysia, this is another way to further make a positive impact, contributing to a greener Malaysia for future generations to come. This is also in line with Nestlé’s global ambition of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

Nestlé and SDP volunteers working together to shape a greener future[Left] Mr. Juan Aranols with Nestlé and SDP volunteers working together to shape a greener future.

According to Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha, SDP’s Group Managing Director, the tree-planting programme in Sua Betong, Negeri Sembilan was a perfect opportunity for SDP volunteers to be involved in an impactful reforestation initiative as the company celebrates its 200-year anniversary in 2022. “We are pleased to kick-off our collaboration with Nestlé under Project RELeaf and by getting our volunteers involved in this important initiative. Reforestation, biodiversity conservation and volunteerism are some of the hallmarks of our illustrious 200-year history. We are excited to continue charting our future by taking action to respond to climate change and laying the groundwork towards making and realising our net-zero commitment,” said Mohamad Helmy. 

Volunteers enjoying cold cups of MILOVolunteers enjoying cold cups of MILO from Nestlé’s signature Abang MILO trucks.

Chief Executive Officer of YSD, Dr. Hajjah Yatela Zainal Abidin added, “We are pleased to collaborate with Nestlé Malaysia once again in this endeavour to safeguard our precious environment. YSD has supported Nestlé since 2013 in replanting efforts along the riparian areas of Sabah’s Kinabatangan River under Project Rileaf concluded in 2020, working with the local communities there and planting more than 800,000 trees in over 350 hectares. With the success of this collaboration, we are optimistic that the nationwide replantation effort taken under Project RELeaf will be an even bigger success. This partnership will complement our efforts under the YSD Environment pillar in taking proactive measures in combatting climate change.”

Project RELeaf also aims to uplift livelihoods for surrounding communities by generating alternative sources of income, such as via direct employment, work contracts, and purchasing of seedlings. To raise greater environmental awareness via learning and recreational programmes, Nestlé will also be engaging with local communities with an all-around reforestation experience.


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 www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Nestle.Malaysia.

About Sime Darby Plantation
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 12 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 80,000 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 RM35.55 bil (USD8.42 bil) as of 25 March 2022.


For more information, please contact:

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

Azneal Azam
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad
Tel: (+603) 7848 5369
E-mail: [email protected]

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