Thriving Nature

Ever thought about how to become carbon and forest positive?
Thriving Nature

Our goal

By 2025, we will be carbon and forest positive.

Farmer and forest

Our approach

Carbon and forest positive means that we want to store more carbon than we emit and we want to add more trees than cocoa farming is cutting down. Climate change is already having an impact on cocoa farming, so we need to act.  

Declining soil fertility due to lack of proper practices being applied and investments in productivity being made, as well as pollution and climate change, are forcing farmers to expand on new still fertile plots which cannot be found outside forests.  Barry Callebaut was one of the driving companies behind the Cocoa and Forest Initiative Frameworks for Action that were signed November 16, 2017, at the UN Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn. These frameworks are intended to eradicate cocoa farming related deforestation in West-Africa. This is a unique achievement as there is no other commodity that has united governments, industry and NGOs behind a framework to eradicate deforestation from the supply chain.The frameworks include an end to the conversion of any forest land for cocoa production, a moratorium on the traceable direct sourcing of cocoa from national parks and reserves per January 1, 2018 and the development of an action plan by signatory companies and governments to eliminate cocoa production and sourcing from National Parks and Reserves. Furthermore, we are currently mapping all cocoa farmers in our direct cocoa supply chain to make sure they are not located in protected forests.

We continue to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. In 2016/17, the number of factories using only renewable electricity sources increased by seven, to 13 factories in 2016/17.  


Cocoa Forests

Our measured impact

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.

For all our ingredients we are creating a heat map of those agricultural raw materials at risk of contributing to deforestation. This will provide us with a clear overview of our geographical footprint and inherent risks. In addition, on the basis of this heat map, we are assessing which certification schemes are robust enough to guarantee that the commodities are proven to be free from deforestation. We are also updating our Supplier Code, and adjusting it to Forever Chocolate targets, ensuring that it drives our objective of being free from deforestation by 2025. In addition, we are currently scoping partners who can support us on landscaping approaches to regenerate forests.  Due to these actions, we expect to be able to include a first indication of the percentage of our raw materials proven to be free from deforestation as well as the number of hectares of forest regenerated in our Forever Chocolate progress report 2017/18. 

The carbon footprint of our supply chain from farm to customer was 8.23 million tonnes CO2e. This is an increase of 11% compared to our previous measured footprint. This is due to higher production volumes. However, our CO2e intensity per tonne of average products decreased from 4.4 tonnes in 2014/15 to 4.32 tonnes in 2016/17. This decrease is due to energy efficiency activities implemented at factory level as well as an increased share of renewable energy sources coupled with an increased production efficiency rate in our cocoa factories.


Key Metric

The carbon footprint of our supply chain from farm to customer and number of hectares of forest regenerated


Mill tonnes of CO2e

Data available 2017/18

Numbers of hectares of forest regenerated

Enabling KPIs


CO2e intensity per tonne of product

Data available 2017/18

of raw material proven to be free from deforestation

Our commitment 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.

Our commitment to the UN SDGs

Next steps

In order to become carbon positive by 2025, we need to refine the methodology of calculating our organizational carbon footprint. In the past year we have actively participated in the work led by the environmental sustainability consulting group Quantis, to accurately and systematically account for climate change impacts stemming from the effects of Land Use Change (LUC) on an organisation’s overall carbon footprint. In addition we have launched a carbon footprint tool to engage our customers in understanding the impacts of the chocolate they purchase from us.

We have developed a roadmap to a carbon-positive way of manufacturing, and pilots have been defined for solar and wind energy, focusing on Africa, the United States and Europe. We are also looking at three other main renewable energy sources: energy from waste, energy from water and renewable energy storage. All three sources are being benchmarked across regions to find the most cost-efficient technologies and third parties to partner with.

To end deforestation in the cocoa supply chain, we will continue to map the farmers we are sourcing cocoa from and establish traceability up to farm level.

Next Steps

Our Stories
Our Stories
On our way to becoming carbon and forest positive

By measuring our organisational carbon footprint, reducing our carbon footprint and eliminating deforestation from our supply chain we want to become carbon and forest positive.

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Ending deforestation in the West African cocoa supply chain

At the Bonn climate summit (COP23), November, 16 2017, Barry Callebaut signed with 22 other leading cocoa and chocolate companies, the Cocoa and Forest Initiative Frameworks for Action, to end deforestation and forest degradation in key cocoa growing countries.


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Carbon Calculator

Discovering chocolate’s true carbon cost

These days, savvy consumers have more than taste and appearance on their minds. Our online carbon calculator is helping us to understand our climate impact, while also supporting our customers to understand the carbon footprint of their recipes.

Did you know? Most of the carbon emissions in the chocolate supply chain come from shifting land use from forests to fields.


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Reducing our energy consumption through innovation

Reducing our energy consumption through innovation

We’ve gone 100% hydro-powered when it comes to treating cocoa beans in Quebec. Fresh thinking and cutting-edge tech is not only saving carbon, but is also reducing energy bills and delivering more roasted beans for our buck.


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