By 2025 we will have 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.
Sustainable ingredients means that our chocolate can continue to be enjoyed by future generations, forever. This means that it is produced while ensuring regard for a biodiverse environment and the farming communities we and our suppliers work with.
We updated our supplier code, which details our expectations towards suppliers with regards to compliance with laws and regulations, human rights as well as environmental impact. Our supplier code now also contains requirements that we expect all our suppliers to comply with, as well as guidance for continuous improvement that helps suppliers to further improve. We also work with customers to support them in having equivalent discussions with their suppliers.
Creating the movement
In 2017/18, we reviewed our sourcing policies with a third party, in order to establish which sustainability standards we should apply in order for our ingredients to be considered sustainable. Certification is for us a solid first indicator whether ingredients have been sourced sustainably. This does not prevent us from demanding additional safeguards in case specific commodities from specific countries are at risk of causing deforestation, or could include the worst forms of child labor. This is for example why we joined the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG). Building on the work of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), POIG has introduced additional sustainability criteria on palm oil production, such as no development of palm oil plantations in High Conservation Stock (HCS) areas or peat land and strict criteria to safeguard against gross labor and human rights violations.
We have started to assess our palm oil suppliers against the stricter standards of the POIG. This is also why we joined the Cerrado Manifesto to prevent the further development of soy farms that destroy important grasslands in Brazil.
Our measured impact
Of all the agricultural raw materials we are sourcing, 44% have been sustainably sourced. In 2017/18, we sourced 44% (2016/17: 36%) of cocoa beans through sustainability programs. This percentage includes our own Cocoa Horizons program, together with our customers’ own programs and external certification such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Organic. We sourced 44% (2016/17: 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 beans
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.
The sweet spots of sustainable sourcing
This year, we have made great progress with 44% of what we source being sustainable. This achievement demonstrates the power of working and collaborating with customers, NGOs and government. In 2017/18 we updated our supplier code, which details our expectations towards suppliers with regards to compliance with laws and regulations, human rights and environmental impact.In addition to our membership of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we became an active member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG).
But where are our raw materials located and what kind of raw materials does this include? More information about our fully sustainable ingredient range can be found via our interactive map.
Greener Pastures for Dairy
Achieving sustainable dairy products is a big challenge for us. Sabine Fortmann, our Sustainability Expert Global Sourcing, highlights our progress this year as well as the issues and challenges for achieving sustainable dairy products by 2025.
In this video, Sabine Fortmann, our Sustainability Expert Global Sourcing, highlights the issues, challenges and perspectives for achieving sustainable dairy products by 2025.
Driving Sustainable Sugar Beet forward - next stop Russia
After the successful participation in the European Sugar Beet Project, Barry Callebaut is partnering with the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform (SAI) to implement a similar project in Russia. This project is another example of how Barry Callebaut is using the power of partnerships to achieve its goal of 100% sustainable ingredients by 2025.
Vanilla and Cocoa - two peas in a pod
In 2016, Barry Callebaut partnered with Prova, the world’s leading exporter of vanilla, to secure a sustainable vanilla supply. Now, in 2018, not only have we received the first 100% traceable vanilla from Madagascan farmers, we are also working to improve vanilla farmer livelihoods by diversifying farmers income with cocoa.
With this in mind, Barry Callebaut and Prova, a premier manufacturer of vanilla extracts and flavors, teamed up in 2016 for an initiative to diversify vanilla farmer incomes through the introduction of cocoa farming. The aim of the partnership is to improve farmer livelihoods and secure a more sustainable supply of vanilla.