To the NESTLE CEO and Makers of KitKat

Stop destroying rainforests for palm oil.

I am writing to express my deep concern at the role Nestle is playing in the destruction of Indonesia's rainforests, and the impact this is having on people, wildlife and the climate.

The palm oil you buy to make Kit Kats is often the result of forest and peatland destruction, which is speeding up climate change and destroying the home of the endangered orang-utan.

Despite your suspending direct contracts with Sinar Mas, you continue to be involved in the destruction of Indonesia's precious rainforests through using Sinar Mas's palm oil via other suppliers such as Cargill. You have also said that you can't yet rule out being supplied paper products from their notorious subsidiary Asia Pulp & Paper via third parties.

Sinar Mas continues to destroy rainforests to grow plantations, despite the negative impact on the people and wildlife that depend on it for their survival, and despite the fact that it is also accelerating climate change.

As the world's largest food and drink company, Nestl� could be using its influence to insist on positive changes in the palm oil industry that would have a real benefit for the rainforests of Indonesia. Your company uses over 320,000 tonnes of palm oil every year, which goes into a range of well-known products including Kit Kat. In the last three years, your use of palm oil has almost doubled according to your own figures.

Unilever and Kraft have already cancelled its contract with Sinar Mas due to its bad practices, whilst Nestle has failed to take the same action. Please stop turning a blind eye and instead immediately:

- Stop buying Sinar Mas palm oil and pulp products from third-party suppliers.
- Engage with the Indonesian government and industry to deliver a moratorium on forest clearance and peatland protection

In short, please give the rainforests and the orang-utans a break. I look forward to receiving your response in due course.


P.S. Greenpeace is doing this active campaign right now. Please do your share, repost this letter to your own blogs and tell Nestle that you care.


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