Safeguarding human rights including the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking, in our supply chain
The foundation: Barry Callebaut Code of Conduct
The Barry Callebaut Code of Conduct (the Code) was first launched in 2002 and has since evolved and regularly been updated and complemented to cover new requirements. It sets forth mandatory principles and requirements for behavior and is complemented by our global and local policies. The Code, which applies to all Barry Callebaut employees worldwide, also articulates our minimum standards regarding human rights, forced labor and child labor. Expectations and procedures for reporting wrongful acts or suspected wrongful acts in violation of the Code are communicated to all employees.
All Barry Callebaut employees receive a copy of the Code in their local language. All employees with an active Barry Callebaut e-mail account receive additional training on the Code on a regular basis. Furthermore, every month a topic of the Code is communicated to all employees via intranet and email, inviting feedback on potential scenarios, and strengthening employees’ ability to act upon violations of the code.
It is the responsibility of each employee to uphold the principles of the Code, and employees are encouraged to seek advice and to raise questions or concerns at any time with their manager, Human Resources or Group Legal & Compliance.
We are collecting information on cocoa farmer households to assess the risk that the children on the farm will be engaged in the worst forms of child labor. The census data we have collected from 281,377 farmers, captured in our digital Katchilè database, allow us to target our child labor monitoring and remediation activities towards those communities at highest risk of engaging in the worst forms of child labor. Our monitoring and remediation approach is based on the industry practice as developed by the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). With the support of ICI we continue to implement our monitoring and remediation systems and in 2019/20 covered 113 farmer groups, including 39,909 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Remediation activities to sensitize farmers range from household visits to encouraging the schooling of children working on the farm. These activities include the provision of school kits, birth certificates and remedial schooling as well as influencing labor practices by providing, for example, wheelbarrows and instructions on the use of non-hazardous tools.
Holding suppliers accountable
We expect our suppliers and their employees, agents and subcontractors, to share our strict commitment to human rights, forced labor and child labor. Our Forever Chocolate sustainability strategy commits us to sourcing 100% sustainable ingredients for all of our products by 2025. Our Supplier Code, available in ten languages, sets forth essential minimum requirements expected from our suppliers. Our suppliers must comply with all applicable local and national laws, rules, regulations and requirements of the country in which they grow, manufacture, distribute or provide products or services. We further expect suppliers to respect and comply with international labor standards as defined by the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO), including freely chosen employment, no child labor, freedom of association, legal and fair compensation, no excessive working hours, no discrimination, respect and dignity, and safe and healthy working conditions.
Our compliance to market standards
We work with our customers to meet their specific cocoa and chocolate requirements. This includes sourcing quantities of raw materials including cocoa and sugar that have been independently certified by third parties as being compliant with specific certification standards. Forced child labor and forced adult labor are expressly forbidden under such standards. Barry Callebaut follows the international standards as defined by SEDEX. Our sites are third party audited in accordance to the SMETA audit protocol, ensuring sustainable management practices. Of our sites, 95% are now fully SMETA compliant.
Our goal is to make all our sites run in compliance to the SMETA standards, covering;
- Health & Safety
- Environment and
- Business Ethics standards
Our HORIZONS cocoa and chocolate products are traceable from our warehouse all the way back to the individual farmer. Cocoa Horizons is an impact driven, sustainability program which ensures that activities are focused on relevant areas and implemented efficiently. Cocoa Horizons continues to scale impact and drive change through productivity, community and environmental activities. In addition to Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Indonesia and Brazil, the program has expanded into Ecuador, the world’s third largest producer of cocoa. In 2020, Cocoa Horizons was recognized by the Sustainability Standards Map, along with other recognized sustainability programs, such as Rainforest Alliance, this publicly available resource provides an independent review of the methodology of Cocoa Horizons across the categories of environmental protection, social and governance risks. Farmers participating in Cocoa Horizons have access to coaching, access to a Farm Business Plan, are supported to access financial services and farm services, and are supported on income diversification activities and women’s empowerment. In 2019/20 the premiums from the purchase of HORIZONS products generated CHF 17.7 million in funds. Through these premiums more than 150,000 farmers can take part in the program focusing on improving their productivity and income. These premiums also financed child labor sensitization programs, training 17,451 farmers in the Cocoa Horizons program on child labor.