In November 2016, we committed to having 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products by 2025 as part of our Forever Chocolate strategy. That means everything from cocoa to vanilla, from sugar to nuts; each and every ingredient in the products we sell.
While sustainability programs are different for each ingredient, and challenges vary across regions, we will start our quest by providing either certified or third-party verified sustainable ingredients where they exist today. We will work with our suppliers to explore programs when these don’t exist or don’t meet our requirements. And we will also rely on cross-industry expertise to help us achieve our targets, scale impact, and enjoy the chocolate we all love for many generations to come.
We are creating a movement to make sustainable chocolate the norm. Customers can join us on this journey by purchasing sustainable products or partnering in sustainable programs in order to source more ingredients sustainably.
Barry Callebaut has invested in the development of sustainable cocoa programs for well over a decade. We offer customers sustainable cocoa from the following programs: Cocoa Horizons, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ. Explore each of these programs and see which products we offer today that contain sustainable cocoa.
Barry Callebaut is a member of the Arable and Vegetable Crops working group as well as the beet sugar project at the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI). We benchmark and monitor our beet sugar suppliers against the SAI Practices and Principles and expect them to reach a minimum silver level.
Barry Callebaut joined Bonsucro’s sustainable sugarcane initiative in 2017 to address the myriad issues impacting sugarcane farmers and provide a sustainable supply of cane sugar for our chocolate creations.
Barry Callebaut is actively engaged in SAIs dairy working group to operationalize the Dairy Sustainability Framework. In addition, we are working with partners to implement activities at farm level to improve on-farm performance.
Barry Callebaut has been a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) since 2011 and recently joined the front running members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group (POIG) in order to build upon the efforts of RSPO to further advance sustainable palm oil requirements.
Barry Callebaut’s sustainable soy is sourced via ProTerra which ensures a sustainable and GMO-free source of soy for use in our final products. ProTerra is the industry leader in certified sustainable soy cultivation, mainly sourced from Brazil. Additionally, we engage on the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS).
Barry Callebaut is implementing an in-house sustainable nuts program for Spain at its La Morella Nuts business specializing in fresh, Mediterranean nuts. Addressing the challenges facing Spanish Nut Farmers, the program can be modified to cover all nuts suppliers to us from other regions.
Barry Callebaut has teamed up with our vanilla supplier Prova to address the issues impacting vanilla farmers in Madagascar, specifically poverty, by making farmers more resilient with diversified income sources (i.e. from cocoa production), and improved productivity and quality.