Zurich, Switzerland — Close to half (44 percent) of cocoa purchased by Barry Callebaut AG comes from sustainable sources, while the supplier’s other ingredients are also sustainably sourced at the same percentage, putting the company firmly on track to “make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025,” according to CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique.
The sustainably sourced ingredient percentages include Barry Callebaut’s Horizons program, its customers’ own sustainably plans and external certifications such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Organic, the company reports.
“Through our sourcing, processing and sales, we are driving change, supporting cocoa farming communities and driving the uptake of sustainably sourced chocolate,” de Saint-Affrique adds.
The news comes as part of the supplier’s update on its Forever Chocolate sustainability program, which by 2025 aims to lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty, eradicate child labor from its supply chain, become a carbon and forest positive company and use only sustainable ingredients in its products.
Barry Callebaut’s poverty eradication efforts for the year include building a detailed dataset with location, agronomic, economic and social survey information on more than 130,000 farmers, the company reports. In addition to ensuring cocoa growing doesn’t occur in protected forests, the dataset allows the company to develop tailored programs to address key issues impacting growing communities.
During the past year, some 12,300 farmers in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia participated in Barry Callebaut’s Farm Services business, which offers growers coaching, inputs such as tools and seedlings, and support to access financing, according to the supplier.
On the child labor front, Barry Callebaut reports it conducted monitoring and remediation projects with 21 farmer groups in Ivory Coast and Ghana, covering 12,018 farmers. Overall, about 12 percent of growing consortiums the supplier sources from have systems in place to prevent, monitor and remediate child labor.
However, because Barry Callebaut has extended its program to a broader range of farmer groups there was an increase in uncovering the worst forms of child labor this past year, all of which are being remediated, according to the company.
Taking the carbon footprint of its entire supply chain into account, including production and processing of raw materials and related land-use changes, Barry Callebaut’s carbon output for the year increased 4.6 percent, primarily because of increases in production. However, the company reports a 1.5 percent decrease in CO2e intensity per metric ton because of energy-saving measures in its factories and transportation operations. Of the company’s factories, 14 out of 59 are now complete run on renewable energy, Barry Callebaut reports.