In a statement, Nestle said it had entered into a memorandum of agreement with Sime Darby Plantation to produce and supply over one million seedlings for planting activities across 1,200ha of riparian zones and steep slope areas within the plantation group's oil palm operation areas.
It said the planting site will be take place in Sime Darby Plantation estates in both Peninsular Malaysia as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.
“Safeguarding the environment is a key priority for Nestlé. This is why we have initiatives in place to help preserve and conserve the country’s natural biodiversity and these include our reforestation efforts such as Project RELeaf, aiming to plant three million trees by 2023.
"Now, we are pleased to partner with SDP, who is also the main supplier of Nestlé Malaysia’s certified sustainable palm oil. By working together, we can help to reduce total emissions along our value chain while preserving natural ecosystems, said Nestle Malaysia CEO Juan Aranols.
Meanwhile, Sime Darby Plantation group managing director Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha said restoring forests and planting trees on a large scale are an important nature-based solution to increase carbon sinks, as part of its response to climate change.
"Over the last 12 years, we have planted over 1.5 million trees through various tree-planting projects, including our involvement in a previous project with Nestlé.
"Sime Darby Plantation is truly excited to renew our collaboration with Nestlé today with RELeaf," he said.
He added that Sime Darby Plantation aims to double the number of trees planted through its tree planting projects and are on track to achieving its targeted 40% reduction in carbon intensity by 2030.
According to Nestle, all conservation and biodiversity activities that take place under its RELeaf Project will be in accordance with the RSPO Management and Rehabilitation of Riparian Reserve Guideline 2018.
Project RELeaf builds on the pioneering Kinabatangan Rileaf Project, which concluded in 2020 and saw one million trees planted in Sabah.