Barry Callebaut now produces 44 percent of its cocoa and 44 percent of its other ingredients sustainably.  
That’s according to the chocolate maker’s Forever Chocolate Progress Report for fiscal year 2017-2018.
“With now 44 percent of our ingredients coming from sustainable sources we are well on track to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025,” said Antoine de Saint-Affrique, ceo of the Barry Callebaut Group. “Through our sourcing, processing and sales, we are driving change, supporting cocoa farming communities and driving the uptake of sustainably sourced chocolate.”
Forever Chocolate is based on four ambitious targets, to be achieved by 2025, that address the largest sustainability challenges in the chocolate supply chain.
  • Lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty
  • Eradicate child labor from its supply chain
  • Become carbon and forest positive
  • Have 100 percent sustainable ingredients in all its products
Sustainable chocolate
Of all the agricultural raw materials Barry Callebaut sourced, 44 percent were sustainably sourced in 2017/18. The group sourced 44 percent of cocoa beans through sustainability programs, compared to 36 percent the previous year.
This percentage includes the group’s Cocoa Horizons program, as well as its customers’ own programs and external certification such as UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and Organic. 
Furthermore, Barry Callebaut sourced 44 percent of its non-cocoa agricultural raw materials sustainably, up from 30 percent the previous year. 
Lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty
In order to lift more than 500,000 farmers out of poverty, Barry Callebaut announced that it is building data sets with detailed location, agronomic, economic and social survey data on the cocoa farms in its supply chain. And more than 130,000 farms have already been mapped. 
These unique data sets allow Barry Callebaut to ensure that the mapped cocoa farms are not located in protected forest areas. In addition, they allow the group to create tailor-made sustainability programs to help address the key issues of the mapped cocoa farming communities.
As part of its work with farmers, the group distributed over 2.1 million young cocoa seedlings, as well as close to 400,000 shade trees.
In 2017/18, 12,395 farmers (+113 percent) in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Brazil and Indonesia participated in Barry Callebaut’s Farm Services business and received coaching and other inputs such as tools and seedlings or support to access finance. 
Furthermore, the group supported cocoa farmers in replanting 281 hectares (+60 percent) with young cocoa trees, as well as other crops that provide shade, and help cocoa farmers to diversify their income.
Eradicating child labor
With the support of ICI, Barry Callebaut continues to implement monitoring and remediation systems designed to eradicate child labor. 
This includes on-the-ground household and farm visits to survey practices concerning child employment and education in cocoa farming communities. These surveys identify children performing hazardous tasks and allow well-founded estimates of the prevalence of the worst forms of child labor to be made. 
In 2017/18, the group conducted monitoring and remediation in 21 farmer groups covering 12,018 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Barry Callebaut established that in 2017/18 12 percent of the farmer groups it directly sources from in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana have systems in place to prevent, monitor and remediate child labor, up from 3.2 percent in the previous year.
The monitoring uncovered 4,230 cases of the worst forms of child labor, in all cases children working on their family’s farm. 
This increase is the result of the coverage of a broader range of farmer groups. All the cases of worst forms of child labor the Group found are being remediated.
Carbon and forest positive
In order to become carbon positive, Barry Callebaut does not only look at the carbon footprint created by its own operations, and energy use, but also takes into account the carbon footprint of the entire supply chain, including the production and processing of all raw materials and related land use changes.
The carbon footprint of the group’s supply chain from farm to customer was 9.1 million tonnes CO2e in 2017/18. This is an increase of 4.6 percent, mostly due to an increase in the production of chocolate and cocoa products. 
The CO2e intensity per tonne of average product slightly decreased to 4.45 tonnes (-1.5 percent) in 2017/18, due to energy-saving measures in its factories and transport operations. Of the Group’s factories, 14 out of 59 (24 percent) are now running on 100 percent renewable energy.
Barry Callebaut has created a heat map to provide an overview of the geographical footprint of the raw materials the group sources which are at risk of causing deforestation and require additional safeguard measures, in addition to the safeguards provided by certification. 
On the basis of this heat map, Barry Callebaut is assessing which additional safeguard measures, such as farm mapping, have to be put in place to be able to guarantee that the commodities are free from deforestation. 
Third party assurance
Barry Callebaut’s Forever Chocolate progress report 2017/18 and the GRI REPORT 2017/18, were prepared in accordance with the GRI standards: Core option, were subject to independent assurance by PwC.
For a full overview of the 2017/18 Forever Chocolate progress results visit: