Nestlé has launched an initiative to plant two and a half million native bamboo clumps and a million trees over the next three years in the Philippines.

This effort supports Nestlé’s commitment to plant 200 million trees by 2030 as part of the company’s Forest Positive initiative to scale up regenerative agriculture and deploy nature-based solutions to absorb greenhouse gases to contribute to achieving their target of net-zero by 2050.

Chris Johnson, Executive Vice President Nestlé S.A., Chief Executive Officer, Zone Asia, Oceania and sub-Saharan Africa, said these actions will help to protect and restore the food systems in the area where they source their ingredients.

 “We are facing a global climate emergency today. Forests stabilize the climate because they store significant amounts of carbon, maintain healthy water and soil systems, and provide habitat to plants and wildlife. Millions of livelihoods also depend on healthy forests. Planting trees in areas where we source our ingredients helps protect and restore food systems. It helps our supply chain and the local communities that grow our ingredients to be more resilient.”

The project will take place alongside not-for-profit organization One Tree Planted and EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, on the island of Mindanao where Nestlé sources coffee beans. The native bamboo they are planting aims to absorb greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water quality and restore degraded soils.

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