Barry Callebaut publishes Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2018/19
With over half of our ingredients coming from sustainable sources, we are well on track to have 100% sustainable chocolate by 2025. This is a great achievement and it demonstrates that sustainability is at the heart of our business strategy.
In the past fiscal year we focused on big innovative projects that we know will create the tipping point for a sustainable chocolate supply chain. Our progress report shows that this focus is working, creating tangible impact on the ground for cocoa farmers, cocoa farming communities and all the other players in our supply chain.
100% sustainable chocolate by 2025
Of all the agricultural raw materials Barry Callebaut sourced, 51% were sustainably sourced in 2018/19. The Group sourced 47% (2017/18: 44%) of its cocoa beans through sustainability programs. This percentage includes the Group’s Cocoa Horizons program as well as its customers’ own programs and external certification organizations such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Organic. Furthermore, Barry Callebaut sourced 54% (2017/18: 44%) of its non-cocoa agricultural raw materials sustainably. This includes the use of sustainability certification schemes for the respective ingredients.
In order to have more than 500,000 cocoa farmers lifted out of poverty by 2025, the Group is mapping the cocoa farms in its supply chain. As of end 2018/19 the Group had full data on 176,984 farms and their farmers entered into its Katchilè database. This database provides key insights into the location, farm size, socio-economic and household data of cocoa farms and their farmers. This data allows Barry Callebaut to offer tailor-made advice at individual farm level on how to improve productivity via Farm Business Plans and Farm Services.
Eradicate child labor3 in the Barry Callebaut supply chain by 2025
Barry Callebaut rolled out child labor monitoring and remediation systems in its direct cocoa supply chain that now cover 42 farmer groups, including 16,710 farmers, in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Including the farmer groups that have monitoring and remediation systems in place administered by third parties (i.e. UTZ Certified), in total 26% of the farmer groups the Group directly sourced from in 2018/19 had systems in place to prevent, monitor and remediate child labor, an increase of +116%. 37% of the cocoa and non-cocoa volume Barry Callebaut sourced from third-party suppliers had equivalent child labor monitoring systems in place.
In pursuit of its target to store more carbon emissions than it produces by 2025, Barry Callebaut reduced in 2018/19 its corporate CO2 equivalent (CO2e) footprint from 9.10 million tonnes to 8.49 million tonnes in fiscal year 2018/19 (-6.7%), whilst achieving +5.1% volume growth.
The main drivers of this achievement were reduced CO2e emissions from land use change, reduced CO2e intensity in factories and reduced CO2e intensity in dairy products. The CO2e intensity per tonne of product also decreased from 4.45 to 3.92, and additional contributions from scope 3 insetting projects lowered this even further to 3.88 (-13%). Of the Group’s factories, 17 out of 62 are now running on 100% renewable energy.
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