By 2025, we will have 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.
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.
Our measured impact
Of all the agricultural raw materials we are sourcing, 33% have been sustainably produced. In 2016/17, we sourced 36% of cocoa through sustainability programs, which is an increase of +13.0% compared to the previous year. This percentage includes our own Cocoa Horizons program, together with external certification such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Organic. We sourced 30% of our non-cocoa agricultural raw materials sustainably. This includes the use of sustainability certification schemes for the respective ingredients.
percentage of agricultural raw material sustainably sourced
of sustainably sourced cocoa
of sustainably sourced non-cocoa raw materials
Our commitments to the UN SDGs
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) consist of 17 goals to transform our world. We have selected for each of our targets the corresponding SDG to highlight how Forever Chocolate fits into the global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all.
We have joined Bonsucro, the industry platform for sustainable cane sugar. Furthermore we have joined the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) as an addition to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). Through our membership of these platforms, we want to speed up the progress on the development of sustainability criteria for key ingredients we use. We launched a sustainable vanilla program together with our supplier, Prova, in Madagascar. We are also working on a sustainability program for our dairy ingredients and for nuts.
Through external certification, our own Cocoa Horizons program and by joining industry coalitions working on sustainability standards, we are driving the production of sustainable agricultural raw materials.
From the perfect chocolate recipe to women’s empowerment
We’ve been working together with our customer to transform the livelihoods of women cocoa farmers across West Africa. The venture is showing that sustainability pays – not only for communities and the environment but for commercial business.
As a Certified Women Owned Business ourselves, we feel that supporting women cocoa farmers is our best way to pay it forward.”
Dana Edwards Manatos, Vice President, Edward Marc Chocolatier.
Fine ingredients don’t have to cost the earth
Hazelnut farmers in Spain are getting more from their organic harvest by adopting specialized grafting methods, high-tech irrigation and beekeeping.
Bees are the smallest workers on an almond farm, playing a vital role in organic pollination.
Vanilla and cocoa: the perfect partnership
In Madagascar, we’re part of a unique project to diversify incomes for vanilla farmers. By introducing cocoa to the mix, farmers become less dependent on vanilla prices, in turn helping communities become more economically resilient.
Our objective is to enable the planters to become stakeholders in their own development, take ownership of these projects and ensure their long-term sustainability.
Alessandra Ognibene-Lerouvillois, Chief Sustainability Officer, Prova – our project partner.
The magnificent cocoa adventure
Take a closer look at cocoa farming in Côte d’Ivoire. See how Barry Callebaut is supporting farming communities to grow, harvest and sell their cocoa beans in ways that are more sustainable to the local economy and environment.
Agroforestry techniques, like inter-cropping, are shared by women in forest field schools.
Transforming the palm oil industry
We wanted to be an even stronger driver of the transformation of the palm oil industry. This is why we have joined the front-running members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
By joining POIG, we commit to the highest standard and can drive implementation of sustainability criteria in the sector without compromise.
Massimo Selmo, Head of Global Sourcing.