RSPO said Nestlé did not submit an Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) report for 2016 and its 2017 ACOP was “without a time-bound plan.”
As a result of the suspension the RSPO said Nestlé could not claim use of certified sustainable palm oil.
RSPO also said Nestlé had failed to pay a membership fee of €2,000. “We would like to also notify that Nestlé has unpaid overdue membership fee of €2,000 and non-payment of membership fees is a breach of the RSPO statutes.”
RSPO said in ACOPs members were “required to specify steps taken last year, specific steps intended for the coming year and for the long term in the form of a time-bound plan of working towards producing or buying certified sustainable palm oil.”
Nestlé said it would continue dialogue with RSPO and it hoped to “requalify in the near future.”
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