Our approach 2019/20
Implementing innovative solutions to scale and drive impact
Innovation is one of the prerequisites for us to make progress on our Forever Chocolate targets. In fiscal year 2019/20, we have continued to drive and scale impact through innovative solutions and our results this year clearly show that we are consistently moving the needle. Our unique and extensive farm mapping database expanded to 181,861 farmers with full data in 2019/20. We use these datapoints to offer Farm Business Plans to cocoa farmers, consisting of tailor-made services such as tools, individual coaching and agricultural inputs to support and improve yields and farmer income. In 2019/20, the number of farmers who received Farm Business Plans (FBPs) grew to 41,178 (+153%). A total of 71,972 cocoa farmers have received farm service activities.
To help us to identify and address child labor in our cocoa supply chain, we continued in 2019/20 to roll out child labor monitoring and remediation systems based on the industry practice as developed by the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI).
In addition, this year we commenced the piloting of an innovative machine-learning model which combines the data from child labor monitoring and remediation systems with our farmer census data. Through this combination, we can assess the risk of children in a household to be involved in child labor. This allows us to better target our activities to those households where children need the most support.
As part of our 2025 commitment to end deforestation, we have publicly disclosed our direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon. By publicly disclosing this information, we have reached a new milestone in providing even greater transparency and traceability in our cocoa supply chain. It also demonstrates the evolution of our data collection capabilities and our confidence in the robustness of our data.
We also commenced a large-scale reforestation project to mitigate the impacts of climate change. This project will use a technology-driven approach to pilot the utilization of innovative seedling generation, planting and monitoring in harsh conditions.
Now, more than ever, consumers are looking for products and brands they can trust, that offer consistent quality and purposeful vision on sustainability. This fiscal year, our global Gourmet brands have led the charge by implementing a sustainable cocoa supply chain. To support cocoa farmer livelihoods, global brand Callebaut is sustainably sourcing its cocoa via Cocoa Horizons, and relaunched its core chocolate range in which its cocoa mass is traceable back to the participating Cocoa Horizons farmer groups.
Cacao Barry invested in helping nature to thrive via its sustainable Pureté range, contributing to increased biodiversity at farm level via seedling distribution and carbon capture via cookstove distribution. Swiss Gourmet brand Carma is supplying its customers with 100% sustainable chocolate, going beyond sustainable cocoa sourcing to also have all other ingredients in their chocolate couvertures sustainably sourced.