07/09/2020 | International

Barry Callebaut discloses direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon

Barry Callebaut AG, Zürich has reached a new milestone in the plan to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain, disclosing direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon.  

A map shows geographical data on cooperatives and districts in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, the concern is directly sourcing its cocoa from. Each pin point on the map details the geographical location, cooperative or district name, certification scheme and the number of farmers in the company’s supply chain.

“By publicly sharing this information, we are contributing to transparency and traceability in our cocoa supply chain. This data also demonstrates the evolution of our data collection capabilities and our confidence in the robustness of our data,“ Barry Callebaut explained. The company added, “We committed under Forever Chocolate to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. One important pillar of this plan is the elimination of deforestation from our supply chain. Mapping is a critical step to ending deforestation, because it shows if the farm is located in a protected forest area, and allows us to exclude cocoa purchases from farms fully or partly located within a protected area boundary.“

Forever Chocolate was recognized by the Amsterdam-based organisation Sustainalytics as the number 2 sustainability strategy out of 182 assessed companies in the packaged food industry. Sustainalytics is the leading company assessing the industry’s efforts to manage the environmental, social and governance risks in supply chains.