Headed by Taco Terheijden, who has worked at Cargill for 11 years, the three-strong team will work exclusively on sustainability projects.
Drawing together work done throughout the company and coordinating with colleagues in cocoa producing countries, the team is tasked with managing the sustainable cocoa supply chain.
Cargill believes that having a dedicated team will speed up development.
“The central sustainability team will enable us to increase the pace at which we can roll out certification and farmer training in cocoa origin countries,” Harold Poelma, cocoa MD at Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate, told ConfectioneryNews.com.
Cargill uses the UTZ Certified Good Inside certification program that it founded with other major food companies and NGOs, including the likes of Mars, Oxfam and Nestle.
Sustainable sourcing targets
The company said its objective is to substantially increase the supply of certified cocoa and chocolate products. It added that there has been a major increase in supply over the past year.
Cargill is currently in the process of developing specific targets for sustainable sourcing that are due to be published soon.
“In the next few weeks we are announcing progress around these targets, along with some specific achievements and figures,” said Poelma.