New York — Barry Callebaut is a recipient of the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Standard-Setter awards, based on its hands-on approach to chocolate manufacturing and its successful sustainability and farmer training initiatives, Rainforest Alliance reports.
The Sustainable Standard-Setter Awards are given to businesses and individuals who champion conservation, protect the environment and support local communities. The eight winners were honored at a gala at the American Museum of Natural History in New York earlier this week.
“Contributing to a sustainable cocoa supply chain and proactively engaging in coca farming communities is fundamental to our company,” Barry Callebaut President of Global Sourcing & Cocoa Steven Retzlaff says.“We applaud the efforts of farmer groups who commit to sustainable agricultural practices and succeed in achieving the criteria to be Rainforest Alliance Certified.”
In 2012 the company introduced its $42 million sustainability initiative, Cocoa Horizons, which Barry Callebaut claims was launched as part of its decision to make sustainability one of the four pillars of its corporate strategy. The program goals are to boost farm productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa producing countries within the next ten years.
Barry Callebaut also touts its Quality Partner Program as a landmark sustainability project that has reached more than 30,000 farmers through training programs, education and healthcare since its beginning in 2005.