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The Power of Partnerships in Cocoa Sustainability

Author: Beatrice Moulianitaki, Head of Cocoa Sustainability
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In February 2021, I celebrated my 10-year anniversary working in Cocoa. It’s been quite the journey.

It’s a journey that has allowed me to gain diverse perspectives including from a certification standard-setter (UTZ), an implementer (NGO Solidaridad) and from a brand perspective (The Hershey Company), leading our holistic sustainable development program (Cocoa For Good) backed with a $500 million commitment.

Ferrero Issues 11th Sustainability Report Announcing New 2030 Climate Goals

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  • Ferrero outlines 2030 goals to reduce end-to-end greenhouse gas emissions by 43% per tonne of product, compared to 2018
  • Reduction target on emissions from company’s owned operations in line with goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
  • Progress made on more sustainable packaging and on responsible sourcing of ingredients
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  • Ferrero outlines 2030 goals to reduce end-to-end greenhouse gas emissions by 43% per tonne of product, compared to 2018
  • Reduction target on emissions from company’s owned operations in line with goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius
  • Progress made on more sustainable packaging and on responsible sourcing of ingredients

Hershey Continues to Scale Cocoa Sustainability Efforts

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  • 100% Visibility of High-Risk Cocoa Supply Chain by 2025
  • Expansion of Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System across entire direct cocoa supply
  • Achieved 100% certified and sustainable cocoa in January
  • 100% Satellite Mapping of West African supply chain
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  • 100% Visibility of High-Risk Cocoa Supply Chain by 2025
  • Expansion of Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System across entire direct cocoa supply
  • Achieved 100% certified and sustainable cocoa in January
  • 100% Satellite Mapping of West African supply chain

The Hershey Company on Arbor Day

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Happy Arbor Day!

Since 2013, we have distributed more than 7.4 million tree seedlings to cocoa farmers and 920,000 multi-purpose shade trees as part of our ongoing, industry-leading agroforestry work to protect the forest and preserve biodiversity. It's a commitment that's about more than chocolate — it's about saving our forests. https://bit.ly/2ysXY6r

Different Shades of Cocoa

Shedding light on our efforts to fight deforestation in our cocoa supply chains
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From the road, we could see some dead forest trees emerging above the cocoa canopy. With their branchless and barkless trunks, the dead trees cut an ominous figure, contrasting with the lush green of the surrounding forest.

While the dead forest trees were not located on cocoa farms in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, they were symptomatic of the complex issue we have grappled with for years: deforestation in cocoa supply chains.

Empowering Women Through Sustainable Cocoa Farming

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In honor of International Women's Day this week, we want to highlight one of the female farmers we work with to grow cocoa for our products.

Meet Rebecca Mensah, a farmer in Ghana where cocoa farming is the primary occupation. Mensah is part of CARE's cocoa sustainability initiative. Because of the program, she said, "Now, I am able to provide support for my children’s education, because I have a source of income. This gives me the strength and opportunity to contribute to household decision-making."

Tackling Child Labor

Nestlé’s system to tackle child labor works, now we’re scaling it
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I’ve headed up the Nestlé Cocoa Plan for almost 12 years, so I’ve seen firsthand how our Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System, (CLMRS), works and how it has benefited kids and families in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. As demonstrated in our 2019 report ‘Tackling Child Labor’, it is making a real difference to the lives of thousands of kids and families.

Our system was successful in tackling child labor in just over half of cases in the 2019 reporting period. Strong progress, but now we’re going further.

Fair Trade USA® Raises the Bar for Cocoa Farmers

Increases to Fair Trade Minimum Price and Premium aim to address extreme poverty and its consequences in cocoa-producing communities
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OAKLAND, Calif., June 11, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of fair trade products in North America, announced today that it will increase its minimum price and premium for cocoa by 20 percent as of October 1, 2019 to move farmers closer to a living income and reduce the extreme poverty and child labor that is prevalent in West Africa’s cocoa fields.  

Forests, Cocoa and Farmers - Getting the Balance Right

By Darrell High, Head of Nestlé Cocoa Plan
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The world needs forests. They are vital to maintain biodiversity and to help combat climate change.

At the same time, forests have suffered since the invention of the plough, as people have cut them down to plant crops for food and cash. The bulldozer just made things worse.

Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and deforestation has wreaked havoc. Only 17% of the original forest remains in Côte d’Ivoire, while only fragments of the once magnificent Guinean forest can still be found.

How Cocoa and Honeybees Are Helping Latin American Farmers Thrive

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A simple honeybee: It provides you with deliciously sweet honey for your tea. It helps pollinate the crops of fruits and vegetables that end up on your family’s dinner plate – even the coffee beans for your morning drink. That same honeybee can also help small family farmers in places like the dense forests of Mexico thrive.

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A simple honeybee: It provides you with deliciously sweet honey for your tea. It helps pollinate the crops of fruits and vegetables that end up on your family’s dinner plate – even the coffee beans for your morning drink. That same honeybee can also help small family farmers in places like the dense forests of Mexico thrive.

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