We believe that a prerequisite for making real progress on sustainability is ensuring maximum transparency and traceability across the cocoa supply chain.
Cocoa and chocolate producers are also facing increasing public and media scrutiny. Stakeholders of all kinds rightly want to know that companies like Cargill are taking action on priority issues such as child labor, deforestation, and farmer prosperity. As one of the leading companies in the cocoa sector, we are often asked about the progress we are making.
We are also seeing increasing consumer demand for ethically-sourced products. Consumers all over the world want to know that the products they purchase are produced in a sustainable manner, and our customers are looking to us to help them meet this demand.
Transparency is not an end in its own right, but rather a means to drive a cycle of progress. The most pressing issues in the cocoa sector reveal why this is the case.