Strengthening our Cargill Cocoa Promise
We are committed to ensure a thriving and sustainable cocoa sector for generations to come.
The Cargill Cocoa Promise is our commitment to improving the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities. At the same time, it will help us to secure a long-term supply of cocoa for our business.
Our ambition is to accelerate progress towards a transparent global cocoa supply chain, to enable cocoa farmers and their communities to achieve better incomes and living standards, and to deliver a sustainable supply of cocoa and chocolate products - from tree crop to end-product.
We will achieve this ambition by leveraging our global reach and experience, and by working together with our vast network of partner organizations and stakeholders.
These partnerships include almost 500 farmer organizations and cooperatives as well as NGOs, governments and industry partners with whom we are tackling big issues such as farm profitability, child labor and social services.
Developing our approach
We introduced our Cargill Cocoa Promise back in 2012 as part of our overarching strategy to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain, and to align existing efforts in our five cocoa-growing countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Indonesia, Ghana and Brazil.
Since then, we have evolved our approach and we are proud of the progress we have made. Today, the Cargill Cocoa Promise is not just about reaching cocoa farmers and improving their livelihoods. To make a real difference, we also need to safeguard the environment and improve the quality of life of cocoa-farming communities, as well as building consumer confidence through a more transparent supply chain.
Many of our achievements start with our work with farmer organizations. By supporting them to become more professional and business-oriented, we can achieve greater progress together in delivering farmer training, farm development and community support.
We have extended the scope and reach of our Cargill Cocoa Promise, bringing more farmers, families and cocoa communities into our programs. We have also sharpened the focus of these programs so that we contribute directly or indirectly towards one overall objective: improved livelihoods for farmers and their communities. This aspiration is reinforced by our 2030 goals.
We know that continuous learning and improvement will ensure our programs remain effective, relevant and impactful. That is why we established a Results Framework and invested in a strong Monitoring and Evaluation system to analyze our performance in reaching our targets. We continuously work on embedding sustainability in decision-making at all levels within the organization.
We realize there is still a very long way to go before the future of cocoa and chocolate is truly secure. We are committed to doing more and, in 2017, we introduced five goals underpinned by measurable targets to be reached by 2030.
Our goals reflect the most pressing issues affecting the cocoa sector and focus on the areas we can deliver the greatest benefits along our value chain. They also cement our commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
From accelerating our work to build the socio-economic resilience of cocoa farmers, to protecting the environment and improving the transparency of our supply chain, all five of our goals ultimately serve to achieve our ambition of improving farmer and community livelihoods.
As we accelerate our progress towards meeting our 2030 goals, we are confident that we will be able to secure a thriving industry for farmers and their communities, and secure a long-term, sustainable supply of cocoa for our business.