Mondelez International announced its commitment that by 2025 the Cocoa Life sustainability program will deliver 100 percent of the cocoa volume needed for the company’s Chocolate brands, following promising results in the program’s first six years. Cocoa Life helps to create a thriving cocoa supply chain by increasing yields on existing farms, building resilience in cocoa-growing communities and preventing deforestation.
43 percent of Mondelez International’s Chocolate brands source cocoa through Cocoa Life. By 2025, beloved international brands and local favorites including Toblerone and Lacta will join Milka, Côte d’Or and Cadbury Dairy Milk in sourcing exclusively through the program. This expansion will see an increase in the number of farmers and communities Mondelez International supports across six cocoa origin countries: Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil.
“Our Purpose at Mondelez International is to empower people to snack right and that journey begins with the ingredients we source, including cocoa,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Van de Put.
When the program launched in 2012, Mondelez International committed $400 million to Cocoa Life over 10 years to help build a thriving cocoa supply chain by increasing cocoa productivity and empowering local cocoa farming communities to improve their resilience.
Mondelez International also released Cocoa Life’s 2018 Annual Report, the first-ever large-scale impact report in the cocoa industry, which shows encouraging results from the first six years of the program.
The report shows that Cocoa Life is having a positive impact:
- Cocoa yields are continuously improving and results show that as cocoa farms become more efficient, their yield increases.
- More communities are steering their own development and Cocoa Life communities can become drivers of change.
- Farmers are choosing not to expand into protected forests and encouraging and enabling cocoa farmers and communities to protect the land where cocoa is grown has been fundamental to the Cocoa Life approach.
Guided by results, the program will refine its focus to key areas of intervention where the biggest impact can be made; cocoa farming as a prosperous business of choice; empowered and inclusive communities that drive their own development; conservation and restoration of forests enabling climate-resilient practices.