Barry Callebaut’s Position On ESG

At Barry Callebaut our values represent a mindset and way of doing business that is committed to generating sustainable earnings over time and creating long-term value for all stakeholders. We are dedicated to running all our operations with transparency and integrity, including reporting on our social, environmental and governance (ESG) management and risks. We always seek to understand issues of concern and respond accordingly. You can explore some of the topics we are asked most frequently about by selecting from the list below.

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Animal Testing

Barry Callebaut does not conduct, fund, or commission any tests on animals unless they are explicitly required by law.


An agroforestry system can make cocoa production more resilient. Our Agroforestry policy explains our approach to agroforestry and why we deem it important.


At Barry Callebaut, our commitment to biodiversity is focused on both on-farm and off-farm activities, including soil regeneration and the creation of carbon sinks, agroforestry and the regeneration of natural ecosystems.


Known as “agriculture's black gold” biochar can be used as a natural fertilizer to improve soil quality and create carbon sinks. Since 2019, Barry Callebaut has been testing which biochar formulation works most effectively on cocoa and other native tree species.

Carbon Footprint calculator

Want to know the impact of your chocolate on the environment? Our carbon footprint calculator is built on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) guidelines, GHG Protocol methodology and a cocoa specific version of the “Accounting for Natural Climate Solutions Guidance”.

Child Labor

Child labor continues to be present in cocoa farming, in particular in West Africa. This is the result of both poverty and a lack of access to social infrastructure. We are committed to eradicating child labor from our supply chain by 2025


Climate change can have severe impacts on agricultural regions. Droughts mean farmers can no longer rely on crucial rainfall, while deforestation leads to soil degradation. We are committed to become carbon and forest positive by 2025.


We work with, and implement, various sustainable cocoa programs to improve cocoa farmer livelihoods and farming practices. We offer customers sustainable cocoa from a range of sustainable programs. Explore each of these programs and see which products we offer.

Cocoa Horizons

Cocoa Horizons is our preferred vehicle to enable the implementation of sustainability activities. Barry Callebaut sells HORIZONS cocoa and chocolate products with a premium that goes fully into the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in order to support sustainable cocoa activities.


Coconut oil is an important ingredient for Barry Callebaut’s customers, used in many ice cream applications and confectionery fillings. Sourced primarily from regions throughout the Philippines and Indonesia, the wellbeing of coconut producers is a priority for Barry Callebaut.

Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) Reporting

As one of the leading signatories to drive the CFI Frameworks for Action, Barry Callebaut is committed to defining a structural solution to deforestation in the cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

Code of Conduct

Barry Callebaut's Code of Conduct is a guide for all employees and outlines expectations of behaviour that reflect our corporate values.


We are working with dairy suppliers and member organizations to explore options and encourage sustainable practices such as  enhancement of biodiversity, management of soil quality, reducing GHG emissions and animal welfare.

Deforestation Policy

Forests provide key ecosystem services such as watershed protection, habitats for biodiversity, livelihoods for communities and climate regulation. Barry Callebaut has committed to forest restoration, large-scale tree planting and no further gross deforestation.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are #oneBC, united by our strong values, our love for cocoa & chocolate and our passion for growth. And yet we are all different. This is our greatest strength. We thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think.

Farmer Poverty

As we progress towards our 2025 target of lifting more than 500,000 cocoa farmers in our supply chain out of poverty, we will continue to focus on scaling impact whilst refining our approach to solve the structural challenges facing cocoa farmers.

Forever Chocolate Progress Report (2020/21)

On an annual basis we report on the progress of our Forever Chocolate time bound, measurable, targets, which are verified by a third-party auditor.

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Barry Callebaut 2020/2021 GRI Index is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. Together with the Forever Chocolate Progress Report and the Annual Report 2019/2020, Barry Callebaut reports in accordance with the Core option of the GRI Standards.


Our Corporate Governance reflects the set of guidelines, policies and rules determining how the company is directed and controlled, how rights and responsibilities are distributed among participants in the company and how decisions on corporate affairs are made.

Greenhouse Gas emissions and carbon

We aim to be carbon and forest positive by 2025. To reduce our carbon footprint, we assess the carbon impact created by our own operations (scope 1), the impact generated by the energy we use (scope 2), as well as the impact of our entire supply chain (scope 3).

Human Rights and the prevention of slavery and trafficking

This policy describes Barry Callebaut’s approach and efforts in 2019/20 toward safeguarding human rights and ensuring that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in any part of our business and our supply chain.

Living Income Differential

Barry Callebaut supports the Ivorian and Ghanaian governments implementation of a Living Income Differential (LID) effective as of the 2020/21 crop. We have included the LID in our normal buying pattern.

Labor Policy

The implementation of this Barry Callebaut’s Labor policy is mandatory for all our entities and applies to all Barry Callebaut employees and managers worldwide.

Materiality Assessment

Regular dialogue with stakeholders ranging from farmer cooperatives to customers and from investors to governments helps to inform our approach to key sustainability issues facing our business.


We source a wide variety of nuts, including hazelnuts and almonds. In Spain, our entity La Morella Nuts, has developed a sustainability program focusing on the challenges related to nuts farming.


What does organic chocolate mean exactly and what products do we offer that are organic? Read more to find out!

Quality Policy

At Barry Callebaut, we are proud of our continuous improvement in Quality.


We have a 100% sustainable commitment to the sourcing of our packaging.

Palm Oil

Barry Callebaut has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2011 and is also a member of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) in order to build upon the efforts of RSPO to further advance sustainable palm oil requirements.


The 2020/21 Remuneration Report explains how the performance in the reporting year impacted the compensation paid to the Executive Committee under the incentive plans.

Sugar: cane and beet

Barry Callebaut has been a member of BONSUCRO since 2017 and has received the Bonsucro Chain of Custody certification. As a member of the crops working group at the Sustainable Agricultural Initiative Platform we benchmark and monitor our beet sugar suppliers.

Supplier Code and Sustainable Sourcing Policies

Our Supplier Code and Sustainable Sourcing Policies lay out the framework for our sustainable sourcing activities and reflect our Forever Chocolate strategy and ambitions.

Sustainable Sourcing progress and partnerships

To reach our target of 100% sustainable ingredients by 2025, we continue with the implementation of our sustainable sourcing programs across all ingredients


Our traceability map shows the location of cooperatives and buying stations we are directly sourcing our cocoa from. By publicly sharing this information, we are contributing to transparency and traceability in our cocoa supply chain.


Barry Callebaut partners with our vanilla supplier Prova to address the issues impacting vanilla farmers in Madagascar, specifically poverty, by making farmers more resilient with diversified income sources and improved productivity and quality.


Barry Callebaut has established a dedicated whistleblowing platform should any Barry Callebaut employee witness behavior suspected to not be in accordance with the Group's Code of Conduct.

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