Sustainable, certified cocoa
Our cocoa supplier buys from many different countries so that we can make the best products.
Regardless of the country of origin of our beans, we place particular importance on responsible sourcing and creating a sustainable future for the next generations through close collaboration with key stakeholders. We are convinced that the challenges encountered in the sector, such as farmers’ incomes, child labour, forced labour and deforestation, can only be addressed with all the stakeholders in the cocoa and chocolate industry and by involving consumers.
Support for smallholders
Our suppliers are actively and directly involved in sustainable development projects on the ground with small plantation operators. In addition, since 1 October 2020, they have been supporting and implementing the Living Income Difference (LID) initiative of Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.
Respect for ethics and integrity in the supply chain
The various international standards are in addition to the specific efforts of our suppliers to cover every link in the supply chain right up to farmers and plantations.
Protection of human rights
The protection of human rights throughout the supply chain is an essential element. It goes without saying that we strictly adhere to industry standards, guided by the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
Our suppliers are developing an innovative and systemic approach to combating child labour, thanks to their direct local presence. As access to health and safety is also a priority, they finance and supervise the construction of health infrastructures and drinking water supply systems in rural areas.
At the global level, they are committed to respecting the ILO conventions listed below:
- No discrimination based on race, colour, religion, nationality or social origin
- No gender inequality
- No forced labour
- No unacceptable forms of child labour
- No exploitation of local people and communities
A deforestation-free and forest-friendly cocoa supply chain
Our suppliers also recognise the environmental challenge of cocoa cultivation and the threat of global warming. As a leading food company, they want to play an active environmental role in the cocoa supply chain, achieving global carbon neutrality by 2025 and water balance by 2030, including by avoiding deforestation and restoring forests.