Mondelēz International Expands Program to Combat Deforestation in Cocoa-Growing Regions
- Company scaling up actions by Cocoa Life program to eliminate deforestation
- Cocoa Life Deforestation Action plans cover
Ghanaand Côte d’Ivoire as well as Indonesia
- Satellite technology to map and monitor 100% of farms in Cocoa Life program by end of 2019
Our commitment to sustainably-produced cocoa reflects the company’s purpose to empower people to snack right. As one of the world’s largest chocolate makers, the company has been using its scale to drive change in the cocoa supply chain for many years and launched its 10-year,
“Our plans to combat deforestation in cocoa include a commitment to map 100% of the farms that supply Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program by the end of 2019,” said Cedric van Cutsem, Associate Director, Operations, Cocoa Life. “Mapping and monitoring farms will give us a deeper understanding of farmers’ needs so we can help drive effective change. In addition, our plans include financial incentives that will encourage farmers and communities to protect and renew forest areas.”
In 2015, Mondelēz International was the first company to raise the issue of deforestation in the cocoa industry at the
“Mondelēz International is a key partner in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative in Côte d’Ivoire. Their action plan is in full compliance with the strategy of preservation, rehabilitation and scaling up adopted by the Government in January 2019,” said Alain-Richard Donwahi, Minister of Forests and Water Resources, Côte d’Ivoire. “I am impressed by their continued commitment to protecting and restoring forests, as demonstrated by this action plan. Together, we hope to create a dynamic and solid cocoa supply chain while transforming the livelihoods of farmers and their communities."
As a founding member of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), the company's action plans align to the CFI’s three focus areas of Forest Protection & Restoration, Sustainable Production & Farmers' Livelihoods and Social Inclusion & Community Engagement, and feature the following commitments:
- We are one of the first chocolate companies to commit to map 100% of the farms in our Cocoa Life program in key origins by end of 2019 to ensure that farmers are not operating in forested land. We’ve already mapped 70% of these farms, using Global Forest Watch to assess the risk of tree loss.
- We’re the first organization to introduce incentives in the form of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) agreements to a cocoa-farming context, encouraging farmers to protect and restore forests. We aim to have agreements with 33,000 farmers by 2022.
- We know that deforestation can’t be addressed through cocoa farmers alone, so we involve the whole community. By 2022, nearly 1,300 cocoa communities will have active forest restoration and protection programs through Cocoa Life.
“Mondelēz International is to be congratulated for recognizing the key role natural resource conservation plays to ensure sustainable livelihoods and the need for active community participation to protect local natural resources,” said
For more information and details on our Cocoa Life Deforestation Action Plans, click here.
About Mondelēz International
About Cocoa Life
Cocoa Life is Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability program. Cocoa Life has already been working to protect and restore forests, and encouraging farmers to be more productive through adopting innovative farming techniques. To date Cocoa Life has trained more than 115,000 farmers on Good Agricultural Practices and planted over 1.2 million non-cocoa trees on cocoa farms – shade trees that are essential to providing protection for the cocoa crop.
About the Cocoa & Forests Initiative
Mondelēz International is a founding member of the CFI: a public-private partnership set up in 2017 to end deforestation and promote forest restoration and protection in the cocoa supply chain. The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and
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