Forever Chocolate is Barry Callebaut’s plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm.
Why sustainability, you may ask?
Because today, our chocolate future looks bleak. In the biggest cocoa producing region in the world - West Africa - poverty runs rampant; children are still working on cocoa farms; climate change is negatively impacting agricultural regions; and, decreasing yields have pushed farmers into protected forests. All of this points to the industry needing a step-change.
Forever Chocolate attempts to provide that change with four bold commitments to address the greatest threats to chocolate.
- We will eradicate child labor from our supply chain
- We will lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty
- We will become carbon and forest positive
- We will have 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products
How will we achieve these goals?
To be clear, we don’t have all of the answers. But, we’re building upon existing initiatives; learning from pilot programs, such as for child labor monitoring and remediation, in order to scale solutions; mapping farmers to measure impact and highlight at-risk communities for child labor and deforestation; developing ambitious replanting and intercropping scenarios; establishing Farm Services Businesses; and, engaging with suppliers to implement sustainability programs, as a start. You can see our plans and metrics online or in our launch book.
How can you get involved?
We invite everyone who loves chocolate to work with us and join the movement, because achieving these targets requires involvement across the industry, from our customers, to governments, to NGOs and more.
Barry Callebaut customers can scale their own impact and help to drive this change on the ground by purchasing certified or verified chocolate ingredients, including HORIZONS cocoa and chocolate products which scale impact and drive change through the activities of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation.
At Barry Callebaut we offer a variety of solutions in addition to Cocoa Horizons, such as RSPO, Bonsucro, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ and Fairtrade, among others.
Key is to make an impact and that is exactly what we can help you to achieve. Explore our Forever Chocolate commitments and get in touch with your sales rep to learn more.