Royal seal of approval for cocoa forest plan
This month, leading chocolate and cocoa companies, like Mondelēz International, joined forces to protect fragile forests in West Africa.
Hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, the companies agreed to develop a forest protection plan, working together with the governments of the two main cocoa-producing nations, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
“We announced our commitment to lead private sector action addressing this issue at the UN climate summit, COP21, in 2015,” said Hubert Weber, President of Mondelēz Europe. “I am delighted that the cocoa sector has now agreed to work together on this.”
Deforestation in our cocoa supply matters to us because we estimate that, along with palm oil, it makes up the largest part of our carbon footprint.
And it matters to farmers because they depend on the forest to protect the fragile environment they need to grow cocoa, by providing regular rain and helping to protect against the effects of climate change.
Yet farmers have been expanding into forests because their cocoa yields are low, so the only way to meet growing demand is to clear new land.
Through our $400 million Cocoa Life program, we’re looking to break this cycle by helping 200,000 farmers grow more cocoa on their existing farms, build their resilience to climate change and improve their incomes.
We’re also working with Fairtrade who will help communities become more resilient to climate change as well as partnering with with the Côte d’Ivoire government, World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.
These efforts will help meet our 2020 Sustainability goals to step up our actions against climate change by addressing deforestation.
Learn more about responsible sourcing and our 2020 sustainability goals in our Well-Being section.