Deerfield, IL — Mondelez International, Inc. is extending its plans to accelerate women’s empowerment in cocoa-growing communities to Indonesia and Dominican Republic as part of its Cocoa Life sustainability program.
The plan focuses on four areas; farming, community, youth and environment, according to Mondelez. While the program is operating in four countries, the company notes each plan is tailored to meet local needs.
The CPG company first launched women’s empowerment programs in Ghana and Ivory Coast during 2014. With the additional two counties, Mondelez anticipates the program reaching in excess of 100,000 women in more than 1,000 communities.
“As a company, we’re committed to offering snacks that are made the right way and that includes transforming our cocoa supply chain to grow opportunities for farmers and communities,” says Cathy Pieters, Cocoa Life director. “We believe women’s empowerment plays a crucial role in creating sustainable cocoa communities. Based on our experience, in communities where women’s voices are heard and treated equally, we see rising incomes, better management of family finances and increased school attendance. This translates to greater economic success and more sustainable cocoa farming. Women’s empowerment grows opportunities for all.”