Supply Chain Transparency
Taking action towards a transparent cocoa supply chain
Businesses and consumers care more than ever about the standards behind the products they buy. Across all commodities, people increasingly want assurance that raw materials are sourced in a sustainable, environmentally-friendly way, with high regard for social standards and ethical economic practices.
As customers and consumers drive up demand for sustainably sourced cocoa, technological developments are creating new opportunities for supply chain transparency and cocoa traceability. But, from farmers and suppliers to manufacturers and retailers, demonstrating the origin of cocoa and how it has been produced requires openness and cooperation across the value chain.
The rise of certification
Over the past 20 years, three internationally-recognized independent certification schemes have been established – Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified. They aim to increase transparency and responsibility in cocoa supply chains through regular audits of farmer organizations. On-pack labeling of standards signals to consumers that a product has been produced in a responsible manner.
We support certification schemes because they reward farmers and farmer organizations with structure and definitions and allow for premium payments that provide an incentive for farmers to attend training, switch to more sustainable farming practices, and increase investment. For certified products, supply chain traceability – the ability to track products backwards and forwards through the supply chain – is key to showing customers and consumers that their investment is delivering the benefits they are promised.
From cocoa farm to chocolate bar
So what is Cargill doing to support transparency and traceability? We aim to source, manufacture and market 100% sustainable cocoa and chocolate ingredients, and make traceability the standard in our direct sourced cocoa supply chain by 2030. To achieve this, we will need to be able to guarantee the credibility of our systems and the commitments we make.
Technological innovation and the involvement and commitment of many participants in our supply chain are key. Read more about our GPS mapping, digital data collection and mobile money.
Together with other technologies, such as geotagging and radio-frequency identification, these innovations offer the potential of one day being able to create a fully digitalized traceability system.
Supporting our goals
Our work to increase traceability and transparency supports our Cargill Cocoa Promise goals of increasing farmer resilience, protecting the environment and increasing consumer confidence.