FMCG heavyweight Unilever is committed to eradicating deforestation from its global supply chains. The company has pledged a net zero deforestation target by the end of 2020, covering the protection of high conservation value, high carbon stock, and tropical peat forests.
As the December 2020 deadline edges closer, Unilever is taking steps to improve transparency in its palm oil supply chains by looking beyond the use of satellite technology currently employed to monitor land-use change.
Through a partnership with California-based tech company Orbital Insight, Unilever will team satellite imaging with geospatial analytics and artificial intelligence. This, the FMCG hopes, will help shed light on the “ground truth” and ultimately identify the individual farms and plantations most likely to be supplying the palm and soy mills in Unilever’s extended supply chain.

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