The cocoa challenge
Without cocoa there is no chocolate. Without the next generation of cocoa farmers there is no cocoa. 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 their communities.
These challenges are complex and require a coordinated effort from governments, industry and other organizations.
Our signature program, Cocoa Life, aims to create empowered cocoa farmers in thriving communities across our supply chain. Launched in 2012, Cocoa Life will invest $400 million by 2022 to empower 200,000 cocoa farmers and reach one million community members in our six key cocoa growing origins: Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Indonesia, India, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.
Our entire program is built on partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, supply chain partners, cocoa farmer organizations and their communities. To best understand farmers’ needs and put our scale to work on the ground, Cocoa Life works with a group of external advisers and strategic partners.
To learn more about the Cocoa Life approach, read our Cocoa Life fact sheet.
By the end of 2014 we have worked with 38,000 farmers in 500 communities in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Indonesia. Actions that we implement throughout our program and across origins include:
- Multi-stakeholder collaborative program design and oversight
- Training farmers in good agricultural practices
- Tailor-made trainings for women’s groups
- Facilitating the development and implementation of Community Action Plans
- Education in financial services and access to finance
- Acting against child labor
To follow our progress visit cocoalife.org and read more in our Call For Wellbeing 2014 progress report
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.
WCF 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.
WCF African Cocoa Initiative
Mondelēz International has a 5 year partnership with the World Cocoa Foundation’s African Cocoa Initiative. The WCF African Cocoa Initiative (WCF/ACI) is a public-private partnership, bringing together WCF, cocoa industry members, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and U.S. Agency for International Development through its Global Development Alliance, in concert with key government institutions in the four countries of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. WCF/ACI is a $13.5 million, 5-year program with the goal of institutionalizing effective public and private sector models to support sustainable productivity growth and improved food security on diversified cocoa farms in West and Central Africa.