Nestlé has had its membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reinstated.

The Switzerland-based company was suspended from the organisation at the end of last month due to a breach of the code of conduct for members.

Specifically, the RSPO – an inter-stakeholder collaboration to develop a sustainable palm oil supply – said Nestle had not submitted the required Annual Communication on Progress (ACOP) for 2016 and for 2017 submitted it without a time-bound plan.

But now Nestlé has submitted its time-bound action plan to achieve 100% RSPO- certified sustainable palm oil by 2023.

Its certificates and membership status have been reinstated from today.

Benjamin Ware, Nestlé’s global head of responsible sourcing, said: “Transparency in our supply chain has always been a priority. Nestlé has always been committed to implementing responsible sourcing and has made significant progress towards our commitment to using fully responsibly sourced palm oil. 

“Nestlé supports RSPO’s role in driving industry-wide change and appreciates its decision following the submission of our action plan, which focuses on increasing traceability primarily through segregated RSPO palm oil. This builds on Nestlé’s on-going activities to achieve a traceable and responsibly-sourced palm oil supply chain.”

Ware added Nestlé would play a leading role within the RSPO by participating in working groups and sharing its experiences in addressing some of the critical environmental and socio-economic challenges affecting the sector. 

Darrel Webber, CEO of RSPO, said: “Nestlé has pledged to step up their efforts in working actively on solutions within the RSPO system, via active participation.

“It’s with this in mind that we are welcoming Nestlé ?back to the Roundtable, confident they will live up to our membership obligations and succeed in delivering on their time-bound plan. We trust that by working collectively we are able to realise a sustainable, respectful and responsible palm oil industry.”