Our commitment: Roll out the Nestlé Cocoa Plan with cocoa farmers
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims to improve the lives of cocoa farming communities and the quality of the cocoa we purchase.
By 2015 – Source 100 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
By 2016 – Source 120 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and complete the roll-out of our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System to identify child labour in all Nestlé Cocoa Plan co-operatives in Côte d’Ivoire.
By 2017 – Source 150 000 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
In 2014, we purchased 91 801 tonnes of cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (2013: 62 299). We trained 45 833 cocoa farmers (2013: 33 885) and built or refurbished 17 schools (2013: 13), meeting our target of building or refurbishing 40 schools in four years.
In August 2014, the Fair Labor Association (FLA) published its first report on Nestlé’s cocoa supply chain in Côte d’Ivoire, highlighting areas where we need to do more to meet its Code of Conduct. We have since extended our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System to include another 14 co-operatives in Côte d’Ivoire (2013: eight), bringing the cumulative total to 22. Community liaison officers are selected from the farming communities to identify the children at risk, and to engage with cocoa farmers in an open and transparent way. We plan to extend the initiative to cover all 67 Nestlé Cocoa Plan co-operatives by the end of 2016.
For more details about the Nestlé Commitment on Child Labour in Agricultural Supply Chains and our action plans to address the issue in the supply chains of key categories, see our commitment on child labour (See Eliminate child labour in key commodities).
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan has three pillars: enabling farmers to run profitable farms; improving social conditions; and sourcing good quality, sustainable cocoa for our products. By providing stronger plants and training farmers in better agricultural practices, we can help them improve their long-term profitability and sustainability. Better access to education and support for women involved in our supply chain is improving social conditions and reducing the risks of child labour. Nestlé is one of the largest buyers of Ivorian cocoa, working with 67 cocoa co-operatives. 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.