Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has launched its sustainability strategy ‘Forever Chocolate’, with the ultimate goal of making its chocolate 100% sustainable.
The sustainability strategy includes four targets that the company expects to achieve by 2025 and the biggest sustainability challenges that faces the chocolate supply chain:
- Eradicate child labour from its supply chain
- Lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty
- Become carbon- and forest-positive
- Have 100% sustainable ingredients in all its products.
Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of Barry Callebaut, said that the company had made great progress in pioneering sustainability in cocoa and chocolate, but more needed to be done.
“Despite all our efforts, only 23% of the cocoa beans we source are from sustainability programs. We are determined to change this and have 100% of our chocolate and its ingredient sustainably sourced by 2025,” he said.
“‘Forever Chocolate’ is an open invitation to work with us in finding structural solutions to the sustainability challenges in the chocolate supply chain. Without sustainability, there cannot be growth. By taking on the challenges we face as an industry, we will make ‘Forever Chocolate’ a reality.”
Barry Callebaut will publish a report each year on the progress it is making towards the four targets.