Ferrero has made a significant step towards full traceability of its cocoa supply chain and towards improving lives for children in the cocoa sector. In their first Cocoa Progress Report, they outline the results of our cocoa sustainability program in 2020/21 and the impact of their strategic partnership with Save the Children on children and families in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
They report the following progress made during the 2020/21 season:
- 96% of their cocoa is traceable to farm level via GPS (88% via Polygon mapping), which allows them to meet the needs of our farmers in a targeted way
- 96% of their farmer groups are covered by a Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), an essential tool to have visibility and act on potential issues affecting children in their supply chain
- 19 schools were built or renovated (83 in total by 2020/21) ensuring children have access to education
- 937 Village Saving and Loans Associations (VSLA) groups mostly led by women were established
- 100% of their cocoa is sourced through certification and independently managed sustainability standards such as Rainforest Alliance, Cocoa Horizon, Fairtrade or others.
- 111,000 ha of agroforestry were established, and 1.5 million cocoa seedlings were distributed to restore forest areas on and off farms 27,000 farmers received targeted support to improve farming practices and diversify incomes
Also, as part of their efforts to improve farmers’ livelihoods, Ferrero has recently signed – alongside other major companies – a Letter of Intent to support the government of Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to evolve the Living Income Differential (LID) and set up the right mechanism to support farmers living income and guarantee the sustainability of the sector.
Ferrero’s first Progress Report builds on the long-term commitments we set out in their Cocoa Charter to better the livelihoods of the farmers and communities we source from, to improve children’s conditions by giving them access to education, and to protect the environment. It illustrates with facts, figures, and stories the impact on farmers and communities of the initiatives they set out in our first Cocoa Action Plan.