Deerfield, IL — Extending its reporting on gender rights in cocoa farming, ensuring a consistent approach to gender programs in key cocoa origin markets and advocating for industry-wide action, Mondelez International, Inc. is advancing its programs for women’s rights in cocoa farming, the company claims.
The commitment builds on the company’s Cocoa Life sustainability program — a $400 million, 10-year effort launched in November that incorporates third-party reviews and value-chain assessments.
“Our experience show an increased involvement of women in the supply base leads to improved financial management by farmers, better education for youth, more sustainable, thriving communities and over time, reduced child labor,” says Christine McGrath, vice-president of external affairs and Cocoa Life at Mondelez.
Among the new commitments, beginning in 2014, Mondelez will conduct and publish third-party assessments measuring the impact of cocoa production on women in the company’s supply chain and the separate incomes and productivity levels of men and women, the company reports.
Mondelez will also publish action plans for Cocoa Life’s top four origin countries by 2018 and will sign the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles by Friday, April 26.