Barry Callebaut has developed its innovative VisionDairy program together with FAI to engage our suppliers and their farmers on animal welfare, farm performance and environmental stewardship. In addition, we are actively engaged in the SAI Platform dairy working group.

Dairy is one of the vital ingredients we use in our chocolate. With our VisionDairy program, we have developed an innovative outcome-driven approach to drive sustainability in our dairy supply chain. Our VisionDairy charter defines our understanding of sustainability in dairy and lays out the key requirements we expect our suppliers to follow with regards to animal welfare, farm performance and environmental stewardship:

  • Our 15 principles are the long-term ambitions for our global dairy supply base
  • The core criteria for each principle have been established to align our global dairy supply chain, and set the compulsory standards for supply
  • The leadership position standards are designed to highlight farms and practices that are ‘best in class’, and through implementation of the VisionDairy Charter we will be encouraging progress towards the leadership position
  • Measures will be collected from our supply chain. Wherever possible these will be outcome-based measures, and these will be used to monitor compliance with our core criteria, and measure progress towards the leadership position. This allows us to focus on and demonstrate the impacts and outcomes of the practices in our dairy supply chain
Visiondairy pyramid - Barry Callebaut

Industry Engagement

In order to avoid duplication of efforts, we have benchmarked a range of regional sustainability standards against our VisionDairy charter and are open to benchmarking further standards. Furthermore, we are an active member of the SAI’s Dairy Working Group to engage in a dialogue and joint projects with others in the industry.

Addressing Emissions

Dairy is one of the major drivers behind our corporate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions footprint. Reducing carbon footprints is one of the key principles in our VisionDairy charter and we are working with our suppliers to understand their current carbon footprints as well as roadmaps and targets. Barry Callebaut is further working with several companies who have developed innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in dairy, such as feed additives to reduce methane from enteric fermentation. We are actively engaging our suppliers on the topic to jointly reduce emissions. For example, we are currently running several projects to pilot feed additives in our supply chains to reduce emissions from enteric fermentation. This leading work with an essential oil based feed additive leads to an absolute reduction in methane, while improving production and farmer economic performance. We are also working with a supplier to cost share cover crops with nearly 30 farmers in the Midwest in the US. This will lead to improved soil health, water quality, decreased GHG emissions, and farmer profitability.