Mondelēz International has announced its commitment that, by 2025, the Cocoa Life sustainability programme will deliver 100% of the cocoa volume needed for the company’s chocolate brands.
The news follows promising results in the program’s first six years, where it has helped to create a thriving cocoa supply chain by increasing yields on existing farms, building resilience in cocoa-growing communities and preventing deforestation.
43% of the company’s chocolate brands source cocoa through the Cocoa Life programme. The company’s Cadbury Dairy Milk brand already exclusively sources its ingredients through the programme.
The latest expansion will also see an increase in the number of farmers and communities Mondelēz supports across some cocoa origin countries.
Thriving Cocoa Sector
“Our Purpose at Mondelēz International is to empower people to snack right and that journey begins with the ingredients we source, including cocoa,” said chairman and chief executive officer Dirk Van de Put.
“As demand for chocolate continues to grow, we are leading the transformation to build a thriving cocoa sector, an ingredient essential to our growth.
“This is an important milestone for our Cocoa Life program and will ensure more consumers around the world can be confident that the chocolate brands they love are made the right way,” he concluded.
Mondelēz launched its Cocoa Life programme in 2012, committing $400 million over ten years to help build a thriving cocoa supply chain.
The program works directly with cocoa farmers and communities to transform their livelihoods through a focus on skills, education and access to essential resources, such as planting materials and crop protection.