Jul 2, 2015, updated July 2015
Nestlé is one of the world’s biggest chocolate producers, operating in more than 32 countries, and it has always been important for us to help tackle challenges facing the cocoa industry. These include poor living and working conditions, poor quality cocoa harvests and declining cocoa production.
In Venezuela, we have faced a number of challenges in securing a reliable supply of some of the world’s finest cocoa; these range from a decline in the quality of native cocoa plants to the limited appeal of agricultural work to the younger generation. But through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we are helping to make cocoa production a livelihood of choice – one that leads to higher incomes and improved social conditions.
Six hundred farmers across the country’s three main cocoa-producing regions are currently involved in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. And since 2008, Nestlé Venezuela staff has made almost 6130 visits to their farms, distributing high-quality plantlets and organic fertilizers, offering technical assistance and providing training in good agricultural practices such as pruning, which increases yield and restricts the spread of disease. On our demo plots pod counts indicate an increase from 878 kg to over 1500 kg per hectare.
Value to Society
Through training in better agricultural and environmental practices, distributing high-yield plants and supply chain traceability, we can improve the profitability of our suppliers and help secure a long-term supply of high-quality cocoa for our business, while addressing the issues surrounding children and women in the supply chain leads to better social conditions.
Globally, against an objective to train 25 000 cocoa farmers, we actually trained 45 833 cocoa farmers in better agricultural practices in 2014, using a variety of methods – including farmer field schools and farmer business training – to help improve farm profitability.
In Côte d’Ivoire, where Nestlé is one of the largest buyers of the country’s cocoa, our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System is exposing the extent of and causes behind child labour in Côte d’Ivoire’s cocoa farming industry, helping Nestlé and our partners tackle the problem in a way that meets the needs of families and communities.
Value to Nestlé
Through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we aim to help cocoa farmers operate productive and profitable farms that respect the environment and provide a good quality of life. This in turn ensures a sustainable supply of good-quality cocoa for Nestlé.
We plan to continue increasing the amount of cocoa purchased through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. In 2014, we purchased 91 801 tonnes of cocoa – 23% of our total – through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (target: 84 000), and will increase this to 100 000 tonnes (about 25% of total purchases) in 2015.
We also aim to increase the share of this cocoa sourced from farms and plantations that meet the UTZ certification Code of Conduct for Cocoa standard, one of the largest sustainability programmes for coffee, cocoa and tea, and the Fairtrade certification standard. Around 88% of our 2014 cocoa was certified to UTZ or Fair trade standards in 2014.