February 19, 2013 - Nestlé Australia finds sustainable cocoa supply in West Africa
Nestlé Australia has announced that every chocolate it sells is now independently certified to ensure the cocoa is sourced and produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions.
December 14, 2012 – Reshaping the future of cocoa in Africa
Seventy percent of the world’s cocoa supply comes from West Africa where farmers have adopted a new practice so they can plant more trees and achieve higher yields. This practice, however, has a down side for both the cocoa trees and the environment.
December 3, 2012 – The cocoa supply chain reaffirms its commitment to improve farmers livelihoods and reinforce measures to combat the worst forms of child labor
During the first World Cocoa Conference, stakeholders from the cocoa supply chain reaffirmed their commitment to work towards greater sustainability in cocoa growing.
November 19, 2012 - Mondelēz International to invest $400 million to help one million people in cocoa farming communities
Mondelēz has unveiled “Cocoa Life”, the company’s largest, most comprehensive cocoa sustainability effort to date, to invest $400 million over the next ten years to improve livelihoods and living conditions to about one million people in cocoa farming communities.
October 8, 2012 – Creating a sustainable cocoa industry for farmers will require billions in investments
Mars, Incorporated further addresses cocoa sustainability, estimating it will cost billions of dollars to meet the demand for certified cocoa and encouraging the industry to work together more closely on the issue, rather than establish different programs through different organizations.
October 8, 2012 – Mars Chocolate invests in creating a sustainable cocoa industry
Announcing that it invested approximately $30 million in cocoa sustainability efforts in 2011, after spending more than $20 million annually in the previous two years, Mars is calling for an expansion of previous, smaller scale programs and a renewed focus on farmer benefit as the industry’s chief priority. Mars will likely match 2011’s investment each year during the next decade.
October 3, 2012 – Hershey to source 100% certified cocoa by 2020
The Hershey Company said it will source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020 and accelerate its programs to help eliminate child labor in the cocoa regions of West Africa.
August 6, 2012 – Hershey’s CocoaLink mobile phone program delivers 100,000 farmer and family messages during first year in Ghana
The Hershey Company’s program uses mobile voice and SMS text messages, delivered in the local language or in English, to connected cocoa farmers with important information about improving farming practices, farm safety, child labor, health, crop disease prevention, post-harvest production and crop marketing.
June 20, 2012 – Blommer Chocolate and Olam form joint venture to crack Latin America
The Blommer Chocolate Company has established the joint venture firm GrowCocoa with ingredients supplier Olam International to allow the companies to move into Latin America and new cocoa origins in Africa.
May 31, 2012 - Mars Chocolate to Purchase Nearly 90,000 Metric Tons of Certified Cocoa in 2012
Mars Chocolate, one of the world’s leading chocolate manufacturers, announced today that it has made significant progress in just three years towards fulfilling its 2009 pledge to purchase its entire cocoa supply from certified sustainable sources by 2020.
May/June 2012 – Cocoa: A Fragile Treasure
Executive Editor of Candy & Snack TODAY, Steve Forster, reports from the rain forest in Brazil and admits how little he truly understood cocoa — and why he will never take another chocolate bar for granted.
May 18, 2012 - At G8 Food Security Symposium, World Cocoa Foundation Announces $4 Million in New Support for Cocoa Farmers in West Africa
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is launching a $4 million initiative to benefit 35,000 cocoa farmers in three West African countries that are among the world’s largest producers of cocoa. The announcement comes as part of the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, taking place alongside the 2012 G8 Summit in Washington.
May 15, 2012 - Blommer Chocolate to be honored for global sustainability efforts
The Rainforest Alliance announced plans to honor Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America, as a 2012 recipient of the organization’s coveted “Sustainable Standard-Setter” award on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, during its 25th annual gala dinner and awards ceremony in New York City.
May 14, 2012 – International Cocoa Initiative partners with ILO to tackle child labour on cocoa farms
The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), has entered a public-private partnership with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to target 5,000 children in child-labour or at high risk of falling into child labour on cocoa farms in West Africa.
May 9, 2012 – Sustainability programs drives ‘good’ investment to meet rising global food demand
Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate
supplier in North America, today announced its plans to invest an incremental $45 million in cocoa sustainability efforts by 2020 as a part of its Sustainable Origins program.
April 2012 (NCA Journal Spring Edition) - Cooperatives, training hold key to sustainable cocoa
Farmer training and facilitating strong cooperatives are critical to Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate’s mission to establish a sustainable cocoa supply chain. The company is working to get more cocoa certified to bring farmers higher premiums to be reinvested in the community.
April 30, 2012 – Cote d’Ivoire: U.S. Senator Commends the Ivoirian First Lady for Her Commitment Against Child Labor
According to an article in L’Inter (p. 13) the Ivorian First Lady remains committed to the fight against child labor. Meeting over the weekend with U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, Mrs. Ouattara, the paper said, handed over to the U.S. legislator a plan of action designed to crack down on the phenomenon which has had a perverse impact on the country’s cocoa production.
April 23, 2012 - Support cocoa farmers or face a ‘chocolate crisis’, warns academic
Chocolate manufacturers will face a serious cocoa supply shortage unless they work to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and allow them to invest in sustainable production, according to an academic.
March 25, 2012 - Supply Chain Children
Humphrey Hawksley of BBC News reports on globalization, asking how consumers can be sure they are buying food and clothing manufactured without harming workers.
March 22, 2012 - EU resolution on child labour has ‘no bite’, says Labour group
The EU resolution on child labour in the cocoa sector passed last week fails to implement legally binding measures on a confectionery industry that has been “dragging its feet”, according to the International Labor Rights Forum (ILRF).
March 19, 2012 – Barry Callebaut hopes to improve quality cocoa supply with €33m sustainability initiative
Barry Callebaut is investing €33.2 (CHF 40m) over the next 10 years in a cocoa sustainability initiative it hopes will boost farm productivity, increase quality and improve farmer livelihoods.
March 14, 2012 – European resolution on cocoa child labour can boost quality cocoa supply, says CAOBISCO
The European Parliament gave its consent to the 2010 International Cocoa Agreement and passed a resolution on child labour in the cocoa sector in a move that will benefit manufacturers, according to industry bodies.
February 16, 2012 – For the Love of Chocolate: Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Cocoa Program
As a nod to Valentine’s and the associated obsession with chocolate, Rainforest Alliance hosted a webinar on February 13, 2012: “Greening the Cocoa Industry.”
February 16, 2012 – The secrets to ending chocolate slavery
The Hershey Company recently announced its new commitment to fight child labor on West African cocoa farms. Though the company’s plan may not address all root causes behind child labor in the region, it certainly is a step to the right direction.
February 8, 2012 – Industry backs EU call on cocoa child labor and warns 100% certified is no guarantee
The chocolate and cocoa industry has backed an EU resolution to tackle child labour in cocoa production and warns children may still have produced cocoa that is 100% certified.
February 7, 2012 – How Big Chocolate plans to save its cocoa supply
In 2011, political unrest surrounding a local election caused the government to cease all exports, which limited the cocoa supply and sent cocoa prices skyward. Companies need to get on the ground to ensure their supply.
January 31, 2012 – Hershey pledges $10 million to improve West African cocoa farming, fight child labor
CNN covers The Hershey Company’s pledge of $10 million over the next five years to educate West African cocoa farmers on improving their trade and combating child labor.
January 29, 2012 – This BBC Radio 4 broadcast highlights work in the cocoa community, and the challenges faced by the industry. The broadcast features interviews with Barry Callebaut, Nestle, and Divine Chocolate, as well as the Food and Drink Federation’s Martin Turton and the European Chocolate and Cocoa Industry’s Joanna Scott.
January 23, 2012 – CLCCG 2011 Annual Report Released
The Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating group released its 2011 Annual Report on January 23, 2012. The annual report was prepared by the Offices of Senator Tom Harkin, Representative Eliot Engel, The United States Department of Labor, The Government of Cote d’Ivoire, The Ghana Ministry on Employment and Social Welfare, and the International Chocolate and Cocoa Industry.
January 20, 2012 – Global Chocolate and Cocoa Industry commitment.
The global chocolate and cocoa industry believes no child should ever be harmed in the growing and harvesting of cocoa.
We are all aware of the challenge and recognise that progress to eliminate hazardous child labour conditions has not been sufficient. Too many children living in family run cocoa households are helping out on the farm in ways that are damaging to their own health and well-being – carrying loads too heavy, working with machetes, spraying pesticides, or assisting on the farm at the expense of attending school. Our work is not complete until child labour is a thing of the past, which is why we are working in partnership with others to accelerate our efforts.