Cargill Details Plan To End Deforestation In Cocoa Growing Regions

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Schiphol, Netherlands — Cargill, Inc. has unveiled The Protect Our Planet plan, which provides a framework for achieving complete cocoa bean traceability and includes a commitment of no further conversion of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast of cocoa production, according to the supplier.

The company is working to completely eliminate deforestation from its supply chain by 2030. The plan also expands these forest efforts to growing regions in Brazil, Indonesia and Cameroon.

“We recognize there is considerable urgency to address climate and deforestation challenges. This means engaging in programs to stop deforestation in the countries from which we source cocoa,” says Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate President Harold Poelma. “We have made important first steps but there is more to be done and we believe that this action plan is how we will reach our goal.”

To achieve its goals, Cargill’s Protect Our Planet plan consists of five points:

  1. Supply Chain Transparency: The supplier is working to map its entire cocoa supply chain using GPS and polygon farm mapping to identify the exact locations of farms and accurately assess farm sizes. Additionally, traceability technology is being further implemented so cocoa beans can be tracked back to individual farmers. The company reports it has used this method in Ghana and has achieved complete traceability from farm to factory.
  2. Extend Cocoa Promise: Cargill is incorporating its environmental protection plans into its Cocoa Promise sustainability program. This includes expanding existing programs related to growing more cocoa on less land.
  3. Engage Suppliers: To manage the risk of deforestation across its supply chain as well as indirect supply chains, the company is raising standards for its third-party suppliers.
  4. Collaboration: To achieve sustainability in cocoa, Cargill is working with other stakeholders, suppliers and chocolate makers. For example, during 2017 Cargill signed the Cocoa & Forest Initiative alongside 34 other cocoa and chocolate companies.
  5. Report, Sharing: The supplier is committed to annual reports, which are disseminated to all stakeholders and share what the company is learning through its programs.