Barry Callebaut has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume. This is a key tool for the Group to reach its Forever Chocolate commitment to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. This commitment also includes a target to source 100% of the Group’s ingredients sustainably by 2025.
Barry Callebaut has prioritized the establishment of traceability in its Ghanaian and Ivorian supply chains, the world’s two largest cocoa producers. Under the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to ending cocoa farming induced deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Barry Callebaut committed to deliver 100% traceability in its supply chains in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. In line with this commitment, the Group has mapped 100% of the farms and warehouses in its direct supply chain at risk of sourcing from protected forest areas.
This means that Barry Callebaut has mapped all cocoa farms within 5 km from a protected forest area and all cocoa warehouses within 25km from a protected forest area. By the end of 2019, Barry Callebaut will have mapped all the farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana it sources from, establishing 100% traceability for its direct supply chain in the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries. Overall, this means that 100% of the cocoa volume sourced in Ghana and 40% of the cocoa volume sourced in Côte d’Ivoire, by Barry Callebaut, is traceable.
Enabling environments to achieve 100% traceability
In order to achieve 100% traceability1 in the cocoa supply chain, an enabling environment of government mandated traceability is required. For example, the Ghanaian government has mandated the traceability of cocoa, which means that 100% of the cocoa volume Barry Callebaut sources in Ghana is traceable to community level. As we continue to work with governments on the implementation of CFI, we will see further acceleration of progress.
1Tier three traceable volumes - direct volumes from farmer cooperatives and farmer communities.
Forever Chocolate is Barry Callebaut's plan to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.
Christiaan Prins, Head of External Affairs for Barry Callebaut. Believer in the urgent business case for sustainability. Married, father of two. Ph.D. in political science. Cyclist, sailer and Fender Strat player.