Message from the CEO
Building the movement
At Barry Callebaut, sustainability has been at the heart of our business from the beginning. We believe that the future of our industry depends on its ability to make cocoa farming more viable and attractive to farmers, today and tomorrow. Through Forever Chocolate, a movement we launched in November 2016, our plan is to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. Our ambition goes beyond sustainable cocoa. It is the next step in our long history of investing in a sustainable supply chain.
working with approximately 157,000 farmers in sustainability programs
over 20,000 farmers trained on child labor awareness
+23% productivity improvement for Ivorian cocoa farmers adopting farm services
36% of all cocoa sourced sustainably
30% of all non-cocoa ingredients sourced sustainably
signed Cocoa and Forest Initiative to stop cocoa cultivation related deforestation in West-Africa
Working with approximately:
farmers in sustainability programs
on child labor awareness
Percentage of all cocoa:
All non-cocoa ingredients:
Forever Chocolate requires a new approach to cocoa farming which generates social and environmental benefits to cocoa farming communities. Lifting cocoa farmers out of poverty by increasing their productivity is our starting point. Cocoa farmer poverty directly impacts child labor and deforestation.
A structural solution to eradicating child labor from the cocoa supply chain is a combination of cocoa farmer poverty alleviation, access to quality education and awareness raising.
Barry Callebaut is working on all three, alone, or in close cooperation with NGOs, customers and government. In addition, we have started rolling out the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), to collect data on how prevalent child labor is in our cocoa supply chain.
To structurally tackle deforestation in the cocoa supply chain, industry and governments both have their part to play. In addition, it is essential to support cocoa farmers to increase their productivity on existing farm land and prevent them from clearing forests for new farm land. Barry Callebaut's commitment to lift over 500,000 farmers out of poverty by 2025 is therefore as essential to eradicate deforestation as is our commitment to become forest positive.
By 2025, we want 100% of our product ingredients to be sustainable. This means they will be produced using farming practices that offer an equitable income for farmers, follow responsible labor and agricultural practices, safeguard the environment and support wider communities. In doing so, we create value for all of our partners, now and in the long-term.