The cocoa challenge

Cocoa is a major ingredient for us. We use it in chocolates, cookies and beverages.

As the world's largest chocolate company we have a unique responsibility to help transform the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities over the long-term. Demand for chocolate is growing, especially in emerging markets. But cocoa supply is constrained by a complex range of technical, environmental and socio-economic issues. We want to help maintain the long-term stability of the cocoa supply chain and improve the welfare of cocoa farmers and farm communities.

These challenges are complex, requiring a coordinated effort from governments, industry and other organizations.

In addition to our signature program, Cocoa Life, we're building partnerships to bring about change by supporting sustainable cocoa production. Read more in our Cocoa Life fact sheet.


One part of our strategy is to support certification. In 2012 we were the world's largest buyer of Fairtrade cocoa and among the largest buyers of Rainforest Alliance-Certified cocoa. Buying certified commodities is just one of the ways we promote sustainable farming, support farmers and enable consumers to make informed choices.

Addressing Child Labor in the Cocoa Supply Chain

Following a year's work with field experts and Anti-Slavery International, our company is taking a new approach to identifying and addressing child labor in the cocoa supply chain. By actively seeking out the problem, being transparent about our findings and putting the well-being of children at the heart of our approach, we hope to eliminate child labor in cocoa communities.

Child labor has been an ongoing challenge to the whole cocoa sector. Over the past 10 years we've worked with others in the industry, the countries of Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana and the US government to find solutions. In 2002, we helped establish an independent foundation, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), to oversee and sustain efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor and forced labor on cocoa farms. Today, ICI is active in hundreds of cocoa-growing communities in West Africa.

World Cocoa Foundation

Mondelēz International is a member of World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and supports its sustainability efforts. Formed in 2000, the WCF helps cocoa-farming families develop and implement effective, sustainable farming practices. We use our leading role in the cocoa sector to support public advocacy for collaborative action to support sustainable cocoa farming and to share learning from our Cocoa Life program in areas such as agricultural practices, community development, gender and youth.

West Africa Cocoa Livelihoods Program

Mondelēz International has a five-year partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and industry, government and non-governmental partners to support a World Cocoa Foundation project aimed to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers in West Africa. The partnership will provide $40 million in cash and related support to improve cocoa production and supply chain efficiency for 200,000 small-scale farmers in West Africa.