Verify your forest


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

Our vision

Why Starling?

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.

our mission

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.

who we are

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.

Airbus is a pioneer in the space industry. They are responsible for tasking their imaging satellites, pre-processing the imagery and distributing the service worldwide.

The Forest Trust (TFT) is a global non-profit organization. Their experts work between the boardroom and the field, helping to bring transformation in commodity supply chains, from the biggest brands to smaller producers.

Our service

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

Identify even small changes


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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Logo Nestle
Nestlé is engaged in zero deforestation by 2020 for all it’s supply chain. Today, even if 91 percent of our Palm oil supply could be traced back to the mill, only 57 percent meets our group's sustainability commitments. [...] Starling will allow real time measurement and monitoring of our impact on forest preservation. Starling will help us to do better and faster by co working with our suppliers.

- Pierre-Alexandre Teulié, Head of Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, e-Business and Environment Politic of Nestlé France -

Logo Ferrero
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 -

Lastest News

Starling successfully launched!

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How Starling supports Nestlé in monitoring their forest impact?

An exclusive interview with Jean-Manuel Bluet, Head of Nestlé France Sustainable Development 

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Starling invited of Ferrero Nutella Days

Last October, Ferrero brought together palm oil industry stakeholders and observers to explore 'Sustainable palm oil: understanding and debate'.

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