Zurich, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG and 40 other Swiss cocoa industry players have joined together under the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa, with the goal of having at least 80 percent of all cocoa-containing products imported into Switzerland coming from sustainable sources, according to the chocolate supplier.
Switzerland is the third country where the chocolate and confectionery industry has committed to a clear target regarding sustainable cocoa sourcing, with the Netherlands and Germany previously making similar pledges.
The platform opens the opportunity for closer cooperation between the private and public sectors, in turn increasing the impact economic development cooperation can have on cocoa-growing communities, Barry Callebaut reports.
In addition to Barry Callebaut, founding members include the industry association CHOCOSUISSE, manufacturers, importers, distributors, Swiss retailers, non-profit organizations, research institutes and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
Raphael Felenbok, general manager of Barry Callebaut Switzerland, says: “This platform will play a key role in creating the market pull for sustainably sources products. This is good news for Barry Callebaut’s plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025, it is good news for Carma which is already 100 percent UTZ certified, and it is good news for the entire Swiss chocolate industry.”
This comes on the heels of Barry Callebaut reporting progress on its Forever Chocolate initiative, which aims to lift more than 500,000 farmers out of poverty, eradicate the worst forms of child labor from its supply chain, move the company to become carbon and forest positive and source only sustainable ingredients for all of its products by 2025.