Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG released it 2019/20 Forever Chocolate Progress Report outlining the steps it has made toward the company’s goal of making sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025.
The company indicates the progress data shows its ability to have an impact during the current unprecedented times. “If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic is underlining the importance of sustainable supply chains and the relevance of our Forever Chocolate ambition. We believe that challenging years like this one are the time when further scaling impact, developing new partnerships and executing innovative projects is even more critical! We simply did not pause on our sustainability ambition in COVID-19 times,” says Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group
Key highlights in the report include:
- 181,861 farms mapped on geographic and socio-economic data
- 94,946 cocoa farmers trained on child labor awareness
- Distribution of more than 2 million cocoa seedlings and more than 1.6 million shade trees
- Sourcing 61 percent of non-cocoa ingredients from sustainable sources
In addition, the company notes its global gourmet brands — Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma — have all implemented a 100 percent sustainable cocoa supply chain.
de Saint-Affrique adds: “Despite the challenges of COVID-19 in 2019/20, thanks to the early adoption of precautionary measures and the dedication and teamwork of our employees, we continued to implement innovative projects. By publicly disclosing our direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon we have reached a new milestone in providing even greater transparency and traceability in our cocoa supply chain. We managed to reduce our corporate CO2 equivalent (CO2e) footprint by -8.1 percent. Whereas a lot remains to be done, these are some of the data points illustrating our tangible impact.”