The Cocoa Horizons Foundation - Helping Barry Callebaut achieve its Forever Chocolate commitments
Cocoa Horizons is one of the key sustainability programs helping Barry Callebaut achieve its 2025 Forever Chocolate commitments. The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is a non-profit and third-party verified organization. Its purpose is to drive cocoa farmer prosperity by creating self-sustaining communities that protect nature and children.
Established in 2015, the Cocoa Horizons Foundation was created to scale impact and drive change in cocoa farming communities, creating transparency of premium allocation and ensuring a robust sustainability program is implemented in origin countries. The methodology is continuously revised and improved to ensure maximum impact in three main areas:
1 - Prospering farmers
Supporting farmer professionalization and long-term viability through the development of a Farm Business Plan, and enabling access to farm services, tools, inputs and financing for cocoa farmers.
2 - Community
Enabling child-centric community structures by supporting community action plans to prevent child labor and by supporting projects that promote women’s empowerment and income generation.
3 - Environment
Committing to a forest and carbon positive cocoa supply chain by planting cocoa and non-cocoa trees, promoting clean energy devices such as cookstoves and solar systems, providing traceability to farm boundaries to ensure cocoa is not coming from deforested or protected areas, and increasing community ownership of the deforestation challenge.
Unique approach to scale impact
The Cocoa Horizons Foundation scales impact through Barry Callebaut’s dedicated on-the-ground resources. A key part of Cocoa Horizon’s approach to scale impact is via data collection and analysis. The Foundation is modernizing interaction with farmers by building a powerful cocoa farming database to measure progress and target funds where they are needed.
This large-scale data collection and analysis tool ensures the Foundation knows and understands the individual needs of hundreds of thousands of cocoa farmers. This helps the Foundation allocate resources and provide solutions to the challenges faced by farmers. The data also helps Cocoa Horizon’s track progress and impact so that it is continuously improving.
You can be a part of this movement by buying Cocoa Horizons cocoa and chocolate products. By paying a sustainability premium, you are investing in efforts to lift farmers out of poverty, eradicate child labor and be carbon positive by 2025. You also get access to marketing support to help create your own brand stories. Want to know more? Contact your nearest sales representative.