Barry Callebaut’s Position On ESG
Barry Callebaut’s Position On ESG
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Barry Callebaut does not conduct, fund, or commission any tests on animals unless they are explicitly required by law.
View Barry Callebaut's Annual Report 2021/22.
An agroforestry system can make cocoa production more resilient. Our Agroforestry policy explains our approach to agroforestry and why we deem it important.
Anti Bribery and Corruption Policy
Barry Callebaut's Global Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) Policy provides guidance on how we handle corruption and bribery exposures and further sets a minimum standard that must be followed. Together with Master Data management, Barry Callebaut has also implemented procedures to mitigate compliance risks with - so-called exposed business partners in their Anti-Bribery and Corruption controls.
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”.
View our CDP Reports on Climate and Forests.
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. By 2025, we are committed to covering our entire supply chain by Human Rights Due Diligence, remediating all child labor cases identified. By 2030, the farming communities we source from are empowered to protect child rights.
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. By 2025, we are committed to become forest positive. By 2030, we will have decarbonized our footprint in line with global efforts to cap global warming at 1,5 degrees Celsius. By 2050, we will be a net-zero company.
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 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.
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.
Our Global Environmental Policy sets out the directions and commitment to monitor and understand the environmental impact of our business activities. It also envisages the risks and possible impact from our Barry Callebaut sites and locations, production activities and supply chain.
As we progress towards our 2025 target of lifting more than 500,000 cocoa farmers in our supply chain out of poverty, we will have mobilized key stakeholders around a transformative cocoa farming model generating living income by 2030.
Forever Chocolate Progress Report (2021/22)
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.
Forever Chocolate strategy
Forever Chocolate is the plan we launched in 2016 to make sustainable chocolate the norm. In 2023 Barry Callebaut Group presented its sharpened plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm, extending its scope & impact beyond 2025.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to providing information about the use of ingredients derived from GMOs.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Barry Callebaut 2021/2022 GRI Index is based on the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. Together with the Forever Chocolate Progress Report and the Annual Report 2021/2022, 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
By 2030, we will have decarbonized our footprint in line with global efforts to cap global warming at 1,5 degrees Celsius. By 2050, we will be a net-zero company. 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 2021/22 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.
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.
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!
We have a 100% sustainable commitment to the sourcing of our packaging.
Barry Callebaut is committed to sourcing sustainably produced palm oil that supports our No Deforestation, No Peatland and No Exploitation (NDPE) commitments. In order to advance sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil, we have adopted a strategy which combines traceability, certiﬁcation, satellite monitoring, supplier evaluation and industry collaborations.
Pesticide Use and Management
Wherever cocoa is grown, it is subject to losses due to pests and diseases. Our approach to responsible pesticide use includes an integrated pest management approach, as well as supporting farmers and their families to increase yield whilst protecting the environment and habitats.
At Barry Callebaut, we are proud of our continuous improvement in Quality.
The 2021/22 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% certified or verified cocoa and other ingredients by 2030, 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.