Release of Forever Chocolate
Progress Report 2019/20: we reduced our carbon footprint by –8.1%
If anything, the COVID-19 pandemic is underlining the importance of sustainable supply chains and the relevance of our Forever Chocolate ambition. We believe that challenging years like this one are the time when further scaling impact, developing new partnerships and executing innovative projects is even more critical! We simply did not pause on our sustainability ambition in COVID-19 times.
Carbon and Forest positive by 2025
We made great progress on our journey to become carbon positive by 2025, meaning that we will store more carbon than we emit. Our carbon reduction efforts have resulted in a –8.1% reduction of our corporate carbon footprint, from 8.5 million tonnes to 7.8 million tonnes CO2e. The main drivers of this achievement are reduced carbon emissions from land use change, increased sourcing of certified ingredients and reduced carbon intensity in factories. More than a third of our 61 processing plants are now fully powered by renewable energy.
The successful reduction of our carbon footprint is the result of groundbreaking innovation, partnerships and decisive action.
Over 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty by 2025
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we continued the mapping of farmers, in order to gain a better understanding of farmer needs. We have increased the number of farmers with full data to 181,861. We have mapped the geographical location, as well as the size of 277,566 (+14%) active cocoa farms, covering 72% of our direct supply chain in 2019/20. We also increased census interviews with cocoa farmers to 291,377 (+27%), capturing socio-economic and household data.
The mapping allows us to design Farm Business Plans (FBPs), which offer the farmer a journey out of poverty based on their individual situation and farm profile. A FBP consists of tailor-made offerings for a farmer, such as individual coaching, agricultural inputs, tools and diversification. This year over 41,178 (+153%) farmers have adopted FBPs.
Eradicate child labor from our supply chain by 2025
To help us to identify and address child labor in our cocoa supply chain, we continued in 2019/20 to roll-out child labor monitoring and remediation systems based on the industry practice as developed by the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). To undertake monitoring and remediation we work on the ground in cocoa origin countries, visiting households and communities to identify children at risk of child labor. Our monitoring and remediation systems now cover 113 farmer groups, including 39,909 (+139%) farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Cameroon. In 2019/20 we trained 94,946 (+17%) farmers on child labor awareness.
100% sustainable ingredients by 2025
In fiscal year 2019/20 we sourced 61% of all our non-cocoa ingredients from sustainable sources, an increase of +13% compared to the previous year. Including our cocoa volume, we sourced 47% of our raw materials from sustainable sources. Going forward, one of our key focal points will be to further build the market pull for sustainably sourced cocoa. Our global gourmet brands are leading by example: Callebaut®, Cacao Barry® and Carma® have successfully implemented a 100% sustainable cocoa supply chain. Our Swiss gourmet brand Carma®, has even managed to go beyond sustainable cocoa, and sources all the ingredients for its chocolate couvertures sustainably.
Our global gourmet brands, Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma, are leading the charge on our Group’s target to source all of our ingredients sustainably by 2025. It is an important milestone to further build the market pull for sustainably sourced raw materials.
We reduced our carbon footprint by –8.1%https://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/on-our-way-to-becoming-carbon-positive_0.jpg?itok=lv4CAufO
We mapped 181,861 farms on geographic and socio-economic datahttps://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/over-500000-cocoa-farmers-out-of-poverty-by-2025_0.jpg?itok=Xs7pC9m0
We trained 94,946 cocoa farmers on child labor awarenesshttps://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/eradicate-child-labor-from-our-supply-chain-by-2025_1.jpg?itok=hgHPCMUu
We distributed over 2.0 million cocoa seedlings and over 1.6 million shade treeshttps://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/carbon-and-forest-positive-by-2025_0.jpg?itok=UayH_A08
We sourced 61% of our non-cocoa ingredients from sustainable sourceshttps://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/100%25-sustainable-ingredients-by-2025_0.jpg?itok=Jyn-BTWQ
The Forever Chocolate logoshttps://www.barry-callebaut.com/sites/default/files/styles/paragraph_image_gallery_full/public/2020-12/Forever%20Chocolate%20logos.png?itok=mqP1zAls