Operated by means of Earthworm Foundation and Airbus, Starling makes use of a mixture of satellite tv for pc imagery and on-the-ground experience to observe land duvet alternate and wooded area duvet disturbance in close to actual time. By offering knowledge that presentations the place possible deforestation happens, Starling will allow Ferrero to spot grievances in its provide chain and pressure certain alternate at the floor.
This is a part of an extended adventure for Ferrero. In 2013, Ferrero started operating with Earthworm Foundation to pressure the corporate’s efforts within the house of sustainable palm oil. After reaching 100% traceability to palm oil plantations in 2016, it all started verifying that the foundations on protective forests, as defined in Ferrero’s Palm Oil Charter, have been revered by means of oil palm manufacturers in its provide chain.
In the similar 12 months, Ferrero began a Starling pilot venture, which inquisitive about decided on palm oil plantations inside of its provide chain in Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Indonesia and proved the ability of this generation. Ferrero has been construction upon the insights from the pilot venture to optimise engagement with its providers. The intention is to ensure compliance and assess transformative movements, whilst respecting smallholder farmers’ rights to beef up their livelihoods.
Ferrero’s leader procurement & hazelnut corporate officer Marco Gonçalves believes the usage of Starling throughout Ferrero’s palm oil providers will give a boost to the corporate’s dedication to no deforestation. “Ferrero is fully engaged to secure a deforestation-free and exploitation-free palm oil supply chain, and we are continuously dedicated to finding innovative solutions that are able to support our commitment. Starling offers a state-of-the-art technology which allows us to reliably monitor potential land use change across all our supply chain, enabling us to take action,” Mr Gonçalves stated.
“We continue to commit to sourcing palm oil that is 100% RSPO Segregated (SG) certified and traceable to plantations and are confident that this verification tool will strengthen our efforts to secure a sustainable palm oil supply chain.”
Earthworm Foundation CEO Bastien Sachet applauds the transfer. “Ferrero is among the first companies to adopt satellite monitoring across all its palm oil supply chain, accelerating its no deforestation commitment and demonstrating the new standard for the industry in transparency and accountability. However, deforestation is a global challenge, a shared responsibility of all actors in commodity-based supply chains. No single company can tackle deforestation alone. To accelerate the fight against deforestation more businesses must back up their commitments with consistent monitoring, verification and targeted action. Their collective dedication and coordinated action is the key to successful transformation” he stated.
François Lombard, director of intelligence industry at Airbus Defence and Space added that “to provide a global and precise monitoring of deforestation, at the right level of scale and frequency, we had to develop a very advanced solution, combining the best of our Earth Observation satellite imagery with our AI-based landcover analytics. Our Starling solution can guarantee a unique, reliable and impactful monitoring service in order to verify and actively work on non-deforestation commitments.”