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 social, economic and environmental wellbeing of small coconut producers is a priority for Barry Callebaut. We believe that working with these farmers is the only way that the industry will face its most pressing challenges of replanting trees and ensuring traceable and high quality coconut oil.

Barry Callebaut is spearheading an industry movement on sustainable coconut partnering with USAID Green Invest Asia to build a platform for sustainable coconut production in early 2019. The platform brings together buyers, processors and other actors actively involved in the coconut supply chain, to establish a sustainable coconut and coconut oil value chain and achieve real systemic change in coconut farming. 

This initiative aims to test the effectiveness of replanting projects and productivity schemes, such as intercropping with cocoa, seedling distribution initiatives and various farmer financing programs and establishing setting minimum common standards for sustainable sourcing.

Barry Callebaut is addressing sustainable sourcing, transparency and investment challenges in the Philippines and Indonesia through:

  • The creation of a nascent public-private partnership among leading coconut buyers to improve coconut farmers’ livelihoods, incomes and yields to help ensure continued supply – collectively aiming at improving yield and livelihood of thousands of coconut farmers. This is set to be the largest  project focused on the coconut supply chain to date.
  • Setting an industry-wide coconut charter that identifies common goals, benchmarks, and outcomes for coconut sustainability programs, offering buyers a tool to harmonize requirements to their supply chains.
  • Piloting an assessment tool for coconut origins that helps identify key issues at farm and regional level indicating the most adequate intervention on the ground and measure the performance of these programs over time.

Contact your Barry Callebaut sales representative to enable the sustainable sourcing of chocolate ingredients, including coconut oil, in your end-product.

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