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Sustainable Sourcing

Sustainable Sourcing

All major confectioners have committed to sourcing ingredients such as cocoa, palm oil and sugar from sustainable sources to avert supply crises, protect the environment and to avoid unlawful child labor. Follow progress towards these goals here.

Cocoa prices to stay high amid election run-up in Côte D’Ivoire, says Rabobank

Financial agri services group Rabobank predicts cocoa futures will remain above $3,000 per metric ton until after Côte D’Ivoire’s October general election.

Unsustainable standards? Questioning the ethics of sustainable sourcing

A growing trend for sustainability certifications and on pack ‘branding’ could mean manufacturers are missing the wider point of sustainability issues and may confuse consumers so much they no longer...

Chocolate makers poised for acquisition spree to control volatile commodities – Euromonitor

Euromonitor International expects more chocolate makers will take vertical control of their supply chains by acquiring commodity suppliers as prices continue to climb.

The outsiders: Cocoa farmer voice missing in chocolate industry productivity push, says ICCFO

Cocoa farmers are largely excluded from decision making in the chocolate industry’s efforts to boost cocoa productivity but have a right to be heard, says a new international farmer’s organization...

Chocolate makers accused of leveraging 'loophole' on child slavery

The National Confectioners Association has hit back at U.S. senators it says mischaracterized the chocolate industry’s efforts on preventing labor rights abuses on cocoa farms in West Africa. But some Fair...

Cocoa disease threat triggers Brazilian ban on green coffee imports from Peru

A major sanitary threat to Brazil’s cocoa crop has prompted Brazilian authorities to suspend green (arabica) coffee imports from Peru indefinitely.

Ivorian cocoa embargo likely if Nestlé, ADM and Cargill child slavery case succeeds, says judge

U.S. chocolate manufacturers would forgo buying cocoa from Côte d’Ivoire if a case against three major cocoa processors succeeds, warns a dissenting judge.

Sharing the goodness: Hershey’s conveys progress its 2014 CSR report

The Hershey Company made significant progress against its responsible sourcing and sustainability commitments in 2014, according to its latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.

CocoaAction to initiate ‘unprecedented’ $52m education program in cocoa communities

The industry-backed platform CocoaAction has partnered with the Jacob’s Foundation for a $52m education program for cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire, where the majority of young people fail to...

Chocolate industry should embrace anti-extreme poverty tax, says Puratos Grand-Place

The chocolate industry can curtail extreme poverty in the cocoa sector by implementing higher prices that can be passed from consumers to farmers, says Puratos Grand-Place.

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Chop, chop: Cocoa dependents must finance farm training before more forests are axed

The chocolate industry must ramp up support for good agricultural practices on existing cocoa farmland or else rainforest will be chopped down to make way for new plantations and it...

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

‘We cannot let Indonesia fail’: Mars stresses Asia’s importance in meeting future cocoa demand

Asia is poised to help meet rising demand for cocoa, but its key producer Indonesia faces quality concerns and its government lacks incentive to grow the sector.

Special Edition: Beyond 2020 - the future of sustainable cocoa

Technological black hole to mechanize smallholder cocoa sector

The cocoa industry must intensify production on existing farmland, but technology to do so is limited or out of reach of impoverished farmers.

Special edition: Beyond 2020 - The future of sustainable cocoa

Hot chocolate: How will industry protect its key commodity from climate change?

Rising temperatures could seriously change where cocoa is grown in the next half-century and global output could be threatened if the chocolate industry does nothing to protect its key crop.

Nut enough: Ferrero goes to Serbia for more hazelnuts

Italy’s confectionery major Ferrero has purchased almost 700 hectares of fertile agricultural land controlled by Serbian agricultural company Aleksa Santic for €7.95m ($8.64m).

Dispatches from Asia Choco Cocoa Congress in Singapore

State-owned plantations could rouse Vietnam’s cocoa industry

Vietnamese state-owned companies plan to convert some coffee and rubber plantations to cocoa, delivering a significant boost to the country’s annual output, says Vietnam’s principle cocoa buyer Puratos Grand-Place....

Sustainability standards in the spotlight: ‘Still taking baby steps’

A single, unifying sustainability standard would be helpful for consumers – but it’s a long way off, says Organic Monitor president and founder Amarjit Sahota.

Event preview

Asia Choco Cocoa Congress 2015: Sourcing cocoa for Asia’s choc boom

Multinationals chocolate companies and the public and private sector will come together this week to assess the future of cocoa sustainability in Asia and how to capitalize on rising chocolate...

Chocolate heavyweights back Indonesian sustainable cocoa program

Mondelēz, Mars, Nestlé and Barry Callebaut and Cargill are backing a three-year sustainable cocoa program in Indonesia, which aims to reduce poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

Barry Callebaut clean water campaign launched in Ivorian cocoa villages

Barry Callebaut has launched a clean water campaign that will see it supply its Ivorian cocoa suppliers with filters and know-how.

Ending unlawful child labor in cocoa: Nestlé approach can be the model, says ICI

Nestlé has implemented a child labor prevention system that goes further to detect and stamp out the practice than existing methods, according to its implementing partner the International Cocoa Initiative...

Guest article

A different perspective: Cocoa Buyers must be incentivised to improve chocolate supply chain

Cocoa buying companies are the main intermediaries between the chocolate industry and farmers and should not be forgotten in the pursuit of sustainable cocoa, writes one of the largest licensed...

EU food commodity imports linked to illegal deforestation

The European Union is a major consumer of food commodities sourced from illegally deforested land, according to a new report from Brussels-based NGO Fern.

Who’s drawn the short straw? Chocolate makers can’t expect higher cocoa yields under short-term contracts

The chocolate industry must commit to longer sourcing agreements if it expects farmers to be able to invest in cocoa productivity and quality, according to a leading farming cooperative in...

Empowering women in agriculture is good for business

Empowering women in small-hold agriculture is essential to boosting productivity, creating new product launches and generating business - and companies are starting to realise this, says a Fairtrade Foundation report.

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