Cocoa Life - Our largest cocoa sustainability effort
Cocoa Life is our largest, most comprehensive cocoa sustainability effort to date. The cocoa life program will see us invest $400 million over the next ten years to fund sustainable cocoa production in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. It will reach more than 200,000 farmers across six countries, benefitting more than a million people, and ultimately lead to all our cocoa supply being sourced sustainably, with third-party verification. This support will also be extended to the greater communities in cocoa farming areas, to help provide them and future generations with the means and encouragement they need to see real career prospects in cocoa bean farming.
Our aim for ‘Cocoa Life’ is to recognise each supplier and farmer who directly contributes to our share of cocoa and to help take responsibility as a Company for their personal successes. This will help to ensure not only that we are being sourced with the very best in cocoa bean quality, but more importantly, that our farmers are being provided with all the support they need to make and keep their business prosperous and sustainable.
Cocoa Life will collaborate with governments, civil society and suppliers, with a mission to transform the cocoa supply chain. The company is already working with third party experts such as the United Nations Development Program, the World Wildlife Fund and Anti-Slavery International to develop a robust set of principles for success and for measuring progress.
Cocoa Life’s approach is to create win-win relationships that benefit farming communities by working with partners in four key ways:
- Farming: helping farmers improve their yields and livelihoods to earn larger incomes
- Community: empowering cocoa farming families to create the kind of communities they and their children want to live in, while promoting gender equality
- Youth: working towards eliminating child labor by helping communities tackle its root causes. Making cocoa farming a more attractive profession for the next generation
- Environment: protecting the landscapes in which cocoa is grown to maintain eco-systems and provide viable environments and farming land for future generations
For more information go to www.cocoalife.org