Vevey, Switzerland — Nestlé S.A. reports progress in its commitment to source 100 percent of its cocoa sustainably under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2025 with efforts to end deforestation in its cocoa supply chain and ensure regenerative supply chains for forests and communities.
In 2017, Nestlé joined the public-private Cocoa & Forests Initiative to help end deforestation and restore forests in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. During the past three years, the company says it has been working with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, its suppliers, its partners and the cocoa farming communities to scale up its actions. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which inevitably impacted certain activities such as mapping the farmers’ lands, farmers’ training and cookstoves distribution, Nestlé reports it has made good progress.
Nestlé’s says its achievements to date include:
- Mapping 85 percent of the farm boundaries of the 110 000 Nestlé Cocoa Plan farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire;
- Distribution of more than 1,250,000 native forest and local fruit trees in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to make farms more climate-resilient and to diversify farmers’ incomes;
- Distribution of more than two million high-yielding cocoa trees in Ghana to restore cocoa-growing farms and boost productivity;
- Helping more than 10,000 people benefiting from financial support through village saving loan associations in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana;
- Distributing 1,075 more efficient and less polluting cookstoves to reduce pressure on forests and help improve family health in Côte d’Ivoire;
- Engaging more than 4,900 individuals in income-generating projects in Côte d’Ivoire in 2020;
- Training and sensitization of more than 10,000 farmers on the importance of protecting forest and agricultural best practices in 2020.
The company notes that for a lasting and meaningful impact, in addition to addressing deforestation linked to cocoa, it needs to conserve and restore forests actively while promoting sustainable livelihoods and respecting human rights.
Last year, the company partnered with the Ministry of Water and Forests of Côte d’Ivoire to restore the Cavally Forest reserve, a biodiversity hotspot under threat because of deforestation, and to enhance the resilience and livelihoods of local communities. Nestlé has kicked off the community consultations with 1,600 people in 66 cocoa villages.