Nestlé Commits To Sustainable Cocoa
Nestlé Ireland is on target to achieve 100% cocoa from sustainable sources by end of 2015, becoming the first major confectionery company in Ireland to achieve this milestone.
By working with UTZ Certified and Fairtrade Foundation, over 60% of cocoa purchased by Nestlé already comes from certified farms working with the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
This year certified cocoa will be sourced for famous brands such as Qualty Street, Toffee Crisp and Breakaway. In 2013, Nestlé UK and Ireland bought certified cocoa for Smarties, Yorkie and Aero. Kit Kat became certified in in 2012.
According to Deirdre O'Donoghue, Country Manager, Nestlé Ireland: “Nestlé is set to be the first to reach this landmark goal, making a real difference to farmers and their communities.
“For Quality Street, Nestlé has started purchasing certified cocoa and these products will be on the shelves in Ireland in time for Christmas this year. This means we are on track to reach 100% by the end of 2015.”
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan was developed to support small scale cocoa farmers around the world. Those who benefit include farmers in the Ivory Coast, one of the poorest countries in the world and the source of 40% of the world's cocoa.
UTZ Certified and The Fairtrade Foundation are both partners of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
UTZ certification is awarded to farmers who have been trained to grow better crops, generate more income and create opportunities whilst safeguarding the environment and natural resources.
Monitored by independent third parties, the farms and businesses involved must ensure sound agricultural practices, safe and healthy working conditions and must not use child labour.
The Fairtrade consumer label appears on products to show that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal from trade. Today, more than 1.5 million farmers and workers across 66 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. (September 2014)