Fears of an impending cocoa crisis and a desire improve the lives of cocoa farmers prompted many major chocolate manufacturers to commit to sustainable cocoa goals this year.
Mars made a pledge to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020 back in 2009, but other big firms such as Hershey, Mondelez, Ferrero and Nestle all made their own commitments this year.
Nestle expanded it Cocoa Plan in June following an investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA), while Mondelez announced that it would pump $400m into a sustainable cocoa supply chain. Neither firm has set a date to commit to 100% sustainable cocoa.
Companies have come under criticism from human rights activists that allege failing to stop unlawful child labor and provide fair pay and working conditions for farmers. see HERE.
The industry promised action at the World Cocoa Conference in November and signed a new pledge promising to cooperatively work towards the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the cocoa economy.
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