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The Nestlé Cocoa Plan

Cocoa farmer

Our commitment

Roll out the Nestlé Cocoa Plan with cocoa farmers


All good chocolate starts with quality cocoa. However, cultivating cocoa presents numerous challenges. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan has been designed to address these social and environmental issues to create a responsible cocoa supply chain.

Demonstrating our commitment

The child labor, living income and deforestation challenges that affect cocoa communities are the main issues in the cocoa supply chain. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan tackles these challenges within its pillars of Better Farming, Better Lives and Better Cocoa, which were further enhanced in 2020.

In 2020, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan launched two pilots to address agricultural poverty and support living incomes. The first aims to spread the insight and learnings from some of our most successful farmers. The second project – the Household Income Accelerator – uses cash incentives to encourage behavioral change.

Through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, we are also helping transform cocoa supply chains beyond Nestlé. For example, we implemented a child labor monitoring and remediation system (CLMRS), which others are now following. Our own CLMRS has, to date, positively impacted 127 550 children.

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Incentivizing prosperity with living income pilots

Many farmers face extreme challenges to secure a living income for themselves and their families. This can drive them to make choices that are not sustainable, such as cutting down trees to access more land to grow more cocoa. 

That is why we have launched our living income pilot. It has been designed to accelerate change at the farm, co-operative and household level. Using financial incentives, we will encourage behavior change that will deliver sustainable economic growth for cocoa farmers.

Incentivized actions include applying good agricultural practices, introducing alternative income streams, running a robust CLMRS program and planting shade trees. As transformation increases, the incentives decrease because yields and incomes grow and stabilize. To ensure ongoing transparency around our efforts, we will publicly report on the outcomes of this pilot.

Launching our first deforestation report for our cocoa supply chain

In 2020, we achieved a milestone when we released our first Tackling Deforestation Progress Report (pdf, 17Mb).

The report details our work to address deforestation and promote regenerative practices among cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. 

It describes our efforts and impact around three pillars:

  • Forest protection and restoration
  • Sustainable production and livelihoods
  • Social inclusion and community engagement

Some highlights from the report include our distribution of over half a million forest trees and details of extensive farmland mapping, carried out to protect against deforestation.

Our Deforestation Report is part of our commitment within the Cocoa & Forests Initiative.

As we expand the Nestlé Cocoa Plan to cover all our cocoa sourcing by 2025, it will increasingly contribute to our net zero carbon commitment while seeking greater impact on the lives of farming families.

Darrell High Head of Nestlé Cocoa Plan