• Jean-Manuel Bluet Jean-Manuel Bluet travaille dans le Groupe Nestlé depuis de 25 ans, où il est directeur du développement durable pour  …
  • Jérôme Frignet Jérôme Frignet est directeur des programmes à Greenpeace France. Il a été responsable campagnes Forêt et Océans à  …
  • Pierre-Marie Aubert Pierre-Marie Aubert a rejoint le programme Agriculture et Alimentation de l'Iddri en janvier 2015, pour travailler sur les  …

Palm oil and tropical forests: how can they coexist?

4, rue de Chevreuse
75006 Paris 24th of October 2016

This conference is organized by IDDRI, with the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès – from 18:00 to 19:30, to be followed by a drinks reception.

The impact on tropical deforestation from the world trade in agricultural commodities is increasingly well documented. The case of palm oil is emblematic and in recent months has been the subject of intense media attention. In the past five years, many food sector companies, driven by civil society organizations, have thus made increasingly ambitious commitments, aiming to offer consumers guaranteed “zero deforestation” products.

How do these commitments translate on the ground? What are their concrete impacts and limitations? Can they have a transformative effect on the entire industry? How do the commitments of private actors adapt to the current political context? What are the public policies that are today affecting the deployment and effectiveness of these commitments?

This conference aims to shed light on these issues, particularly in the context of recent debates on French biodiversity law, this conference will also analyse the possible links between private commitments and public policies.


  • Jean-Manuel Bluet, Head of Sustainable Development, Nestlé France. He will present the work undertaken by the Nestlé Group and TFT in the palm oil sector: commitments, organizational changes, first results, impact on the sector, etc., with particular emphasis on the factors of success and the challenges experienced.
  • Jérôme Frignet, Program Director, Greenpeace France. He will present the actions taken by Greenpeace from the early 2010s and their effects on the dynamics of the palm oil sector, from the first zero deforestation commitments of GAR and Nestlé until the present day. He will particularly focus on the creation and implementation of the HCS Approach, designed to operationalize zero deforestation policies. 
  • Pierre-Marie Aubert, food and agricultural policies research fellow, IDDRI. He will provide an analysis of the ongoing changes in the palm oil industry. In particular he will discuss the multiplication of commitments by private sector actors and their possible links with national and international public policies.