Barry Callebaut ranked at the top for the management of ESG risks by Morningstar Sustainalytics


Barry Callebaut ranked at the top for the management of ESG risks by Morningstar Sustainalytics

Barry Callebaut is positioned in the 1st percentile in both the Food Product and Packaged Food companies by Morningstar Sustainalytics.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Barry Callebaut has been recognized as an industry leader in the management of the ESG risks in our supply chain.

Overall, Barry Callebaut was recognized as "Leader" in both the Environmental and Social categories, and as an "Outperformer" in Governance. This achievement reaffirms our standing within the broader food and beverage industry.

Industry-Top-Rated Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut was once again ranked in the 1st percentile in both the Food Product and Packaged Food companies by Morningstar Sustainalytics. The company's overall exposure to ESG risks is rated as 'High', but the overall management of ESG issues is rated as 'Strong', the top management category.
Sustainalytics ESG Risk Rating commentary, Barry Callebaut 2023

The importance of stakeholder engagement

Customers, investors and other stakeholders expect Barry Callebaut to address the key sustainability challenges in our supply chain. As the global sustainability landscape continues to evolve, we are committed to evaluating what priorities and risks our stakeholders in the chocolate and cocoa value chain deem important for us to focus our efforts on. We do this via regularly updating our ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) materiality assessment to align with the evolving needs of our stakeholders and the changing dynamics of our industry.

In 2023, Barry Callebaut conducted a comprehensive double materiality assessment to better understand and prioritize these areas. This process involved extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. Their feedback and insights have been integral to ensuring that our approach aligns with both the realities of the cocoa sector and the expectations of our stakeholders.

Our latest materiality report highlights the ESG topics considered most critical by our stakeholders, in terms of their impact on the people, communities and the environment where we operate and the subsequent financial significance for Barry Callebaut.

Our approach to transparent reporting and governance

We are committed to assessing and reporting on our ESG risks. We publicly disclose our approach and progress on key material topics in our third-party verified annual Forever Chocolate Progress Report. In addition, we have a public dedicated page covering a range of key ESG topics that impact our operations and supply chain. We also disclose the geolocations of cocoa suppliers we source from. 

A dedicated ESG task force is employed to oversee, coordinate and align all relevant ESG activities in order to achieve those objectives. The Board of Directors plays a crucial role in overseeing our ESG strategy within Barry Callebaut. This oversight includes aligning the business and ESG strategy and ambitions, ensuring a long-term vision on the development of our business value, and actively identifying and managing actual and forward-looking risks. The Board ensures that adherence to Regulations and sustainability topics and matters are fully integrated into the company's purpose, strategy, decision-making, risk management, and accountability reporting.

Forever Chocolate Progress report 2022
On November 30, 2023, the seventh edition of our Forever Chocolate Progress Report will be published.

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Taryn Ridley

Taryn Ridley

Working as Lead, ESG Integration and Communications in the Corporate Communications team of Barry Callebaut. Native Australian, but loves living in the land of the Toblerone. Passionate about a range of sports, nature and travelling.

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