Nestlé Australia was the first major chocolate manufacturer in Australia to source all the cocoa for its retail chocolate business from certified sustainable cocoa producers. This cocoa and its sustainable production is independently certified by UTZ.
While most of us love chocolate, we often know very little about where it comes from—or about the threats to global cocoa supply that need to be addressed to improve both the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan covers all aspects of a cocoa bean’s journey from the farmer to you to ensure responsible sourcing of cocoa and is active in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico and Indonesia. It seeks to improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their crops; it tackles important issues including low productivity and child labour, and has three pillars:
- Enabling farmers to run profitable farms
- Improving social conditions
- Sourcing good quality, sustainable cocoa
Training in better agricultural practices and new plants contribute to improved farm profitability, while building schools and a child labour monitoring and remediation system contributes to better social conditions. In 2014, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan continued to make strong progress towards achieving the targets that we’ve set – click the link below to view what’s been achieved over the past 12 months. http://www.nestlecocoaplan.com/