Monitoring practices and verifying progress
With increased transparency comes increased responsibility to evaluate practices, engage on solutions and verify progress. We monitor for potential land use changes in our supply chain to ensure compliance with Cargill’s Policy on Sustainable Palm Oil and "No Deforestation, No Peat and No Exploitation” (NDPE) commitment.
Satellite and radar technology
To verify practices, we monitor our supply chain using Global Forest Watch Pro, a satellite imagery system that provides alerts on deforestation-related issues within our supply chain. When issues are identified, we engage with our suppliers to develop corrective action plans.
We also collaborate with World Resources Institute to use radar technology to track issues across our supply chain in near-real-time and address concerns in accordance with our grievance procedure. In areas prone to cloud cover, radar can pierce through the clouds and provide data that cannot be obtained using optical sensors alone. Radar systems also are capable of capturing data at night. The addition of radar technology provides more timely and reliable deforestation detection.
We integrate data from both of these satellite and radar monitoring technologies into the Global Forest Watch platform to enable effective monitoring.
Policy compliance verification
We are developing palm sustainability policy verification guidelines and indicators to demonstrate the level of compliance with our NDPE policy commitments across our supply chain. We are piloting this policy compliance verification approach with the traders and refiners who supply palm oil to us.
We also are partnering with independent parties to perform a technical review of our guidelines and conduct relevant stakeholder consultations to verify supplier compliance with NDPE commitments. Our goal is to develop a common verification approach that can be adopted by the entire industry.
Measuring our performance
- Percent of the supply chain covered by satellite and/or radar monitoring.