VERIFY YOUR FOREST
Companies can now rely on highly accurate satellite imagery in their journey to curb deforestation.
Many companies have made ambitious forestry conservation commitments. However it is not easy to verify the achievement of these commitments. The current solutions for verifying forestry conservation do not fully meet market expectations. In particular, traditional auditing, led through ground surveys, is limited in its coverage and frequency. Companies require reliable and accurate information to verify their commitments and identify where to take action.
Starling utilises the best of what satellite technology can offer to provide an irrefutable means of reporting forestry changes and verifying sustainable sourcing independently.
Starling delivers easy-to-use intelligence through an intuitive digital platform. Its aim is to help you guide and accelerate decision-making on where and how to engage across supply chains.
WHO WE ARE
The Starling team shares a vision for this unique forest monitoring service that combines cutting-edge technology and sharp market knowledge.
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 Earthworm Foundation 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.
What is it?
Reference layer with an unbiased description of forest classes and the land cover evolution.
Access around the clock forest cover change.
Visualise key information and create reports to share with stakeholders.
Relevant insights and information for each industry.
FIT FOR ACTION
Customised dashboard and deforestation alerts, meaningful analytics and evidence-based reporting tools.
Complete, precise and regular coverage of the supply chain.
EASY TO USE
Digital and interactive platform.
Starling offers unprecedented detail in forest cover change across commodity production landscapes.
IDENTIFY EVEN SMALL CHANGES AND ASSESS RISKS ON YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Starling is a reliable and unbiased tool, with worldwide coverage.
Starling uses a combination of optical and radar satellites, such as Airbus’ SPOT constellation, which combines large coverage capabilities with 1.5m resolution. SPOT 6 and 7 are complemented by other satellites, including radar such as Sentinel 1, to get the regular surveillance that a No- Deforestation policy requires.
Starling differentiates between natural forests from tree crops, to allow distinguishing regular logging within plantations from actual deforestation.
Want to know more?
In 2018, we collaborated with Nestlé to use the Starling platform to monitor our palm oil plantations and nearby forest areas to verify no deforestation. Since then, Starling’s quarterly forest change alerts have allowed us to engage directly with our suppliers when necessary. With the assistance of the Starling platform we’ve been moving closer our goal of zero deforestation across high value and high carbon forests in our supply chain can.
Starling has been essential in finding a long-term solution to protect Cavally Forest, an important forest area in Cote d’Ivoire. With its innovative technology and platform, Starling allowed us for the first time to see beneath the forest’s canopy and spot cocoa being grown in the shade within the protected area. This was ground-breaking.
In 2018 Lindt & Sprüngli used Starling to determine the location of forests and deforestation within a key sourcing area of our supply chain in Ghana. The results gained from the pilot are allowing us together with Earthworm Foundation to take targeted action and work directly with suppliers to tackle cocoa-driven deforestation.
Providing assurance to the users of our products like Nestlé and others that our pulp and paper are free from deforestation is important to us. That’s why, alongside Nestlé, we have undertaken a pilot of Starling in Arkhangelsk, Russia, to monitor 300,000 hectares of Intact Forest Landscape, which we and other stakeholders have set aside to become a forest reserve. Starling’s monitoring of the area has proven invaluable in demonstrating our commitments to the protection of this forest that is part of developing a robust long term land use plan.
Our vision is to produce all of our products in a responsible and sustainable way. Running a pilot of the Starling platform in our palm oil supply chain in Northwest Ecuador, in combination with our ground teams’ drone technology, provided the tools and information to make this a reality. Receiving quarterly reports of forest cover change continues to support our transformation work on the ground by guiding our action to the areas where it is most needed.
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.
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.
Innovation Forum: Podcast about Starling!Published 24-01-2019
Interview with Patrick Houdry from Airbus and Rob McWilliam from Earthworm Foundation’s on the development and implementation of satellite remote sensing system Starling to help improve supply chain traceability and tackle deforestation impacts.
Nestlé presented its progress in using Starling to help prevent deforestationPublished 14-12-2018
Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Nestlé SA, said: “Innovation and technology like Starling is accelerating our journey towards zero deforestation".
Today, 77% of Nestlé supply chain for agricultural commodities is verified deforestation free.