Climate change has a severe impact on the world, particularly agricultural regions. Droughts mean farmers can no longer rely on crucial rainfall, while deforestation leads to soil degradation, accelerating the downward spiral. If the chocolate industry does not commit to reducing its carbon footprint and achieve zero net deforestation in its supply chain, the ecosystems that provide chocolate ingredients will rapidly erode.
This is why Barry Callebaut has committed to become forest and carbon positive by 2025 under its Forever Chocolate plan, which includes a commitment to be 100% deforestation-free and even forest positive by 2025. This is why we are investing in climate-smart agriculture to increase productivity on existing suitable land. This is why we were one of the first signatories of the landmark Cocoa and Forest Frameworks for action to prevent further deforestation and forest degradation. We need to take action, but there is time to save chocolate.