Companies using palm oil can now rely on highly accurate satellite imagery to monitor their No-Deforestation commitments




Because forests are essential ecosystems, more and more companies are committing to cutting deforestation from their supply chains. But defining deforestation can be complicated, and there is a lack of tools to measure company progress in protecting forests. Traditional compliance monitoring relies on ground-based audits, limited in their capacity to access remote areas, see the overall picture and to regularly assess the situation.



We aim to empower companies using palm oil to precisely and regularly self-monitor their practices and compliance in forest conservation.

We transform satellite imagery into simple, reliable and evidence-based information that can be understood by everyone.



The Starling team shares the same vision and combines complementary capabilities to deliver this unique deforestation monitoring service. It is a partnership in which sophisticated technology is applied through a filter of agricultural and forestry expertise.


Starling offers unprecedented detail in forest cover change across commodity production landscapes like palm oil.



Starling utilises Airbus’s SPOT constellation of satellites which combine large coverage capabilities with 1.5m resolution. Their high-level detail helps companies easily distinguish forest from plantations, and identify even small changes in tree coverage.

SPOT 6 and 7 are complemented by other satellites, including radar, to overcome the persistent cloud cover in key palm oil landscapes and get the regular surveillance that a No-Deforestation policy requires.

Starling is currently developing an unprecedented view of the forest, providing the greatest level of detail, to help you focus on areas that are most at risk.

This new feature will support you to:

  • Assess risk and prioritise actions
  • Provide unbiased evidence for certification
  • Plan land use and identify high risk areas to preserve

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    Nestlé has always been committed to source the raw materials we need to manufacture our products responsibly. In 2010, we made a No Deforestation commitment stating that none of our products globally will be associated with deforestation by 2020.
    Starling satellite monitoring is a game changer to achieve transparency in our supply chain. Today, we cover 100% of Nestlé’s global palm oil supply chains and we will extend this collaboration to cover other commodities. Data and analytics provided by Starling enable us to manage risks and perform field intervention strategies together with our suppliers to drive changes better and faster.

    Pierre-Alexandre Teulié, Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, e-Business and Environment Politic of Nestlé France
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    Ferrero is continuously committed to find innovative solutions able to support its efforts towards a more  sustainable development.
    With this in mind, and building on our achievement of 100 percent traceability of our palm oil supply to mill and 98.5 percent to plantation, Ferrero started a piloting of the Starling Service over a few selected plantations. The first results are very positive. We are confident this could be the start of a successful journey in verifying the implementation our No Deforestation policy.

    Aldo CRISTIANO, Director Global Procurement Raw Materials and Group Sustainability for Ferrero


Nestlé piloting Starling in pulp and paper forest to determine where forest losses are resulting in deforestation.

Starling monitor an harvesting moratorium in Dvinsky, an area of an important Intact Forest Landscape (IFL) that many are fighting to conserve. 

Starling is helping Ivory Coast’s forestry agency tackle cocoa-driven deforestation.

Using satellite technology to go under the canopy in protected forest areas is helping Ivory Coast’s forestry agency tackle cocoa-driven deforestation. 


The exact drivers of deforestation in southern Mexico are being identified by Starling

Palm oil refiner Oleofinos is using Starling to monitor forests across 240 000 hectares of land in Southern Mexico, an aera which has lost around 60% of forests in the last 30 years.