We all rely on forests. They provide habitat for half of all known plant and animal species, regulate local rainfall patterns, serve as an important reservoir of carbon and provide livelihoods for millions of people in rural communities.
Today, we’re marking International Day of Forests by sharing progress we’ve made to date to limit deforestation as outlined in our Cocoa for Generations strategy, as well outlining new commitments to create a future without deforestation. Link to Press Release
Progress to Date
As part of our ambition to preserve forests and create a traceable supply chain by 2025, we’ve GPS-mapped 24 percent of our global cocoa supply chain to the farm level, as well as made significant progress in tracing the cocoa we source to a country of origin via our Tier 1 direct suppliers, Tier 2 farmer groups and Tier 3 farmer level. Click here for more details.
The Cocoa Supply Chain We Want Tomorrow
In addition to the ambitions outlined in the original Cocoa for Generations strategy, moving forward, we’re aiming to create a deforestation-free worldwide cocoa supply chain, as well as further enforce human rights commitments with our cocoa suppliers to respect and promote the human rights of indigenous people and communities.
This work will include mapping 100 percent of our supply chain via GPS to the farm level, risk assessment and action plans for all of the countries where we source cocoa including Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana (where nearly 65% of the world’s cocoa is grown), Indonesia, Brazil, Cameroon and Ecuador.
We will also advance partnerships with cocoa suppliers, governments and civil society partners who share our common goal of preserving forests for the future, and are committed to accelerate our progress by working only with cocoa suppliers who can be accountable to meet the milestones laid out in our Cocoa for Generations plan.