Efforts this month under the sustainability mantle by leading pod-to-pallet cocoa player Barry Callebaut include a 250,000 tree-planting project in Tanzania, and a tripling of grindings in Ivory Coast.
With sustainability a buzz word for today's confectionery makers, a symposium that kicked off in Ghana today will attempt to get to grips with current issues impacting sustainability in Africa's cocoa supply chain.
Herculean efforts are required by the global chocolate industry to
ensure that sourced cocoa supplies are not linked to exploited or
trafficked child labour, underlines labour watchdog International
Labor Rights Forum.
As the UK's Carbon Trust initiates a scheme to reward companies for genuine carbon emission reduction, a new study will determine how influential a company's sustainability image is in terms of consumers' purchasing decisions.
Sustainable cocoa production and standards were the focus of the
first meeting of a working group for the Roundtable on a
Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE), organised last month by the
International Cocoa Organisation.
Nestlé, Bunge, Danisco, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Tyson
Foods are the first food processors to join a programme to develop
global reporting standards on sustainability projects in the
In a policy document released yesterday, the EU's food and
drink sector called on the European Commission to take account of
economic conditions when setting environmental and production
sustainability targets for industry.
Food companies do not yet face the ethical sourcing equation of the
clothing industry, where brands from Nike to Marks & Spencer
cannot afford a single claim of sweat-shop production. But the
moment is fast approaching for food,...