Nestlé launches The Cocoa Plan

Oct 22, 2009
Farmer in Côte d'Ivoire with cocoa plantsPLANT EXPERTISE: Supplying farmers with stronger, disease-resistant plantlets as well as knowledge allows them to increase their yield.

Nestlé will invest CHF 460 million over the next 10 years to boost its sustainability initiatives in cocoa and coffee.

Through its pioneering plant science programme, the Company will supply 38 million high quality, disease-resistant plantlets to farmers helping them rejuvenate their farms and increase productivity.

As part of the CHF 460m total boost, Nestlé is announcing the launch of The Cocoa Plan website, a new consumer-facing initiative which brings together Nestlé’s activity to promote sustainable cocoa supply under one banner.

Backed by an investment of CHF 110 million over the next decade, The Cocoa Plan website aims to help address the key issues facing the cocoa farming communities that Nestlé works with. Although The Plan is not a quick fix for the challenging cocoa situation, it is an important and significant part of broad, collaborative efforts to improve the cocoa supply chain and the lives of cocoa farmers and communities.

This includes improving the quantity and quality of yields by providing 12 million stronger productive plantlets and increasing farmer training by teaching more efficient methods. In addition, Nestlé will commit to improve the supply chain in buying beans from farms which use sustainable practices and help cooperatives speed up the process from farm to export.

In working with partner organisations, such as the International Cocoa Initiative and the World Cocoa Foundation, Nestlé also aims to address issues such as child labour and poor access to healthcare and education.

Related information:
Fact sheet: Cocoa and coffee plant science (pdf, 21 Kb)
The Cocoa Plan website
Cocoa Initiative website
World Cocoa Foundation website