The ambition we have set out to achieve is too big for any company alone. In the past year we continued to partner with the industry, government agencies and NGOs to bring our 2025 targets to life. Forever Chocolate is an open invitation for anyone with a passion to make sustainable chocolate the norm to join Barry Callebaut on its journey.
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Improving supply chains
We are working with a broad range of sustainability programs and stakeholder initiatives to create sustainable and traceable supply chains.
Creating a world where sustainable farming is the norm.
Changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.
Conserving biodiversity and ecosystems and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for producers.
Farming in a way that protects the environment, enhances animal welfare and creates new opportunities for rural communities.
International Cocoa Initiative
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is the leading organization promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities. ICI works with the cocoa industry, civil society and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and contribute to the elimination of child labor.
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform is the primary food & drink value chain initiative for sustainable agriculture. SAI Platform develops tools and guidance to support global and local sustainable sourcing and agriculture practices.
World Business Council on Sustainable Development
The World Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of 200 forward-thinking businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.
Together with IDH, The Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative, we are working on a landscaping project that focuses on increasing the productivity of cocoa farmers around Tai National Park and the Cavally Fôret classé in Côte d’Ivoire. Increasing cocoa productivity on existing farm land prevents farmers from expanding into protected forest areas. In addition, the project works with the local farmer communities on the importance of forest protection, as well as with authorities to build their capacity in detecting encroachment into forests.
We work furthermore with IDH on increasing cocoa farmer access to farm services, such as planting materials and fertilizers, as well as access to financial credit.
Together with IDH and the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank we have set up a risk sharing facility supporting us in directly lending money to farmers to invest in productivity packages. Apart from access to short-term credit for input and services, farmers will build up a credit history that may eventually help them to get credit from mainstream banks.
The Jacobs Foundation and Barry Callebaut are jointly funding vocational trainings for young adults in cocoa communities to learn cocoa farming-related skills such as pruning, crop protection application and nursery operations. Once certified, they can sell their services to cocoa farmers who want to increase their productivity or apply it on their own farms. We are also providing trainings for women farmers on agroforestry methods allowing to diversify their income sources. The trainees can apply their learnings both on their own farms as well as train other women farmers on this innovative and sustainable farming approach.
Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming
In partnership with the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F), we are signing new solutions to build sustainable cocoa supply chains.
Mastercard Fund for Rural Prosperity
Through a grant from the Mastercard Fund for Rural Prosperity, we are funding the Barry Callebaut training program for coaches, who are an integral part of our service to farmers for improving productivity on farms. In addition, the Mastercard Fund supports us in expanding the scope of our data collection system Katchilè.
ILO Impact Insurance Facility
The Impact Insurance Facility of the International Labour Organization (ILO) supports Barry Callebaut to develop insurance products for farmers that help them to manage their risks at the household level. Research is carried out to better understand the needs of farmers and to integrate solutions that can be sustainably adopted while fostering productivity.
Opportunity International is providing credit to Ghanaian cocoa farmers who are a part of our Nyonkopa direct sourcing unit and would like to invest in productivity packages to increase cocoa yields.
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is helping to achieve cocoa sustainability through supporting cocoa communities, education, field programs and scientific research. CocoaAction is coordinated by WCF and is a voluntary, industry-wide strategy that aligns the world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies, governments and key stakeholders on regional priority issues in cocoa sustainability.
In addition, we are cooperating with the World Cocoa Foundation on climate-smart cocoa farming, including promotion of crop diversification, access to improved planting materials and training of cocoa farmers so that they can better address the consequences of climate change.
UTZ Digital ICS
Barry Callebaut and UTZ collaborate in Indonesia to digitize critical elements of certification using our geotraceability app Kathchilè. This allows our field staff to target the areas of highest risk, thus improving the robustness of the certification process while also saving time.
The German Development Finance Institution (DEG) has provided public funds for Barry Callebaut to start the roll-out of the cloud based geo-traceability App, Katchilé, through which we collect farm and farmer data and which allows us to track a bean to the individual farmer through a combination of farmer registration, cocoa buying, processing and transportation record.