Barry Callebaut`s Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2019/20 highlights the company`s progress towards the goal of making 100% sustainable chocolate by 2025. It is the company`s fourth Report since the launch of Forever Chocolate in 2016. “If anything, the Covid-19 pandemic is underlining the importance of sustainable supply chains and the relevance of our Forever Chocolate ambition. We believe that challenging years like this one are the time when further scaling impact, developing new partnerships and executing innovative projects is even more critical. We simply did not pause on our sustainability ambition in Covid-19 times,” said Antoine de Saint-Affrique, CEO of the Barry Callebaut Group.
Barry Callebaut`s target is to lift over 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty by 2025. In fiscal year 2019/20 the company was helping more than 140,000 farmers. Barry Callebaut distributed over 2.0 million cocoa seedlings (+ 19%) and over 1.6 million shade trees (+ 124%), and sourced 61% of all non-cocoa ingredients from sustainable sources (+ 13%). Including the cocoa volume, the company sourced 47% of raw materials from sustainable sources. The global Gourmet brands, Callebaut, Cacao Barry and Carma have successfully implemented a 100% sustainable cocoa supply chain.
Another very important target is to eradicate child labour from the supply chain by 2025. In the fiscal year under review 22,965 cases of child labour were found in Barry Callebaut`s cocoa supply chain.