The proportion of products containing 100% sustainable cocoa or chocolate sold by Barry Callebaut has increased to 49.4%, from 42.6% the year before, according to the company’s latest Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2021/22.
This means that one in two products sold by the Swiss chocolate-maker is made of 100% sustainable cocoa.
Peter Boone, CEO of Barry Callebaut Group, added, “Forever Chocolate is our plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm, and it is truly becoming a reality. With the support of our customers, one out of two products we sell contains sustainably sourced cocoa or chocolate.”
Other achievements in this period include boosting support for farmers by 36.7% and expanding the programmes for supporting subsidised soil inputs and paid labour teams to improve cocoa quality yield per hectare in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
The study also showed that farmer groups that are part of its direct supply chain – with systems in place to prevent, monitor and remediate child labour – increased to 80.6% from 61.4% the year before.
Barry Callebaut also launched an agroforestry project across 11,000 hectares in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, with a focus on long-term success, through training, extended monitoring, and payment for ecosystem services.
“Our Forever Chocolate Progress Report, covering the fiscal year 2021/22, shows that we continue to scale up our activities by partnering with customers, as well as industry stakeholders, to create a tangible impact on the ground, while, at the same time, publicly advocating for policies to make sustainable chocolate the norm,” added Steven Retzlaff, president of global cocoa at Barry Callebaut Group.