Find out more about the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Why it matters
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan aims to help farmers address the challenges they face through three pillars – better farming, better lives and better cocoa. Activities such as training in better agricultural practices, distributing higher-yielding plants, promoting gender equality and tackling child labor help farmers to improve the quality of their products as well as their income and livelihoods.
What we are doing
In 2019, we announced our aim to source 100% of cocoa for Nestlé confectionery through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan by 2025. We continued to coach farmers and saw the number of children leaving child labor increase. We also developed more rigorous certification auditing for our co-operatives. Read more about it in our 2019 progress report.
To enable us to monitor and measure our progress, we have set a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) for our Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Nestlé Cocoa Plan key performance indicators*
|Number of farmers in Nestlé Cocoa Plan||Global||99 629||114 460||109 748|
|Number of improved cocoa plants distributed||Global||2 282 600||3 569 363||950 534|
|Number of shade trees distributed globally||Global||n/a||151 414||420 529|
|% farmers applying good agricultural practices||Côte d’Ivoire||9%||21%||28%|
|Number of co-ops/farmer groups in Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS)||Côte d’Ivoire||95||89||87|
|Number of farmers in CLMRS co-ops||Côte d’Ivoire||65 486||67 074||73 248|
|Cumulative total of full-size schools built or refurbished||Côte d’Ivoire||43||45||49|
|Cumulative total of bridge schools built||Côte d’Ivoire||30||55||98|
|Cumulative number of children benefiting from remediation activities (direct and indirect)||Côte d’Ivoire||87 925|
|Cumulative number of children supported with education activities||Côte d’Ivoire||11 060||19 072||44 665|
|Number of farmers in CLMRS||Ghana||n/a||2859||2859|
|Number and % of children benefiting from support with education activities (direct and indirect)||Ghana||n/a||n/a||1107 / 78%|
|Number and % of children participating in child labor||Côte d’Ivoire||11 891 / 18%||17 590 / 21%||18 283 / 23%|
|Number and % of child labor cases followed up/assisted||Côte d’Ivoire||6346 / 53%||11 130 / 63%||
15 740 / 86%
|Number and % of children no longer in child labor (% expressed out of number of children with two or more visits)||Côte d’Ivoire||477 / 3%||981 / 5.6%||2459 / 29%|
|Number and % of children participating in child labor||Ghana||n/a||1496 / 60%||1416 / 58%|
|Number and % of child labor cases followed up/assisted||Ghana||n/a||1210 / 81%||668 / 60%|
|Number and % of children no longer in child labor||Ghana||n/a||0||0|
|Volume of Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa (tonnes)||Global||186 358||198 155||183 361|
|Nestlé Cocoa Plan cocoa as % of total Nestlé cocoa||Global||42.9%||49%||44%|
|Average number of years co-ops have partnered in Nestlé Cocoa Plan||Côte d’Ivoire||6|
|Research and development, planting material distribution||3625||6105||6614|
|Global co-operation, e.g. WCF CocoaAction||1604||1405||1048|
|Nestlé Cocoa Plan projects||842||346||230|
|Child labor monitoring and remediation system, and school-building||4482||4860||3350|
|Farmer cash premium||9299||12 167||8776|
|Co-op premium, certification, training and other costs||21 901||21 937||21 447|
|Total||41 752||46 821||41 466|
Pruning for success in Ecuador
In Ecuador, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan is helping farmers transform their business models and become agripreneurs. Our training program, launched in 2017, comprises 15 four-hour sessions over six months. The sessions provide theoretical and practical skills in areas such as irrigation, fertilization, pruning and grafting, all of which help farmers improve their productivity and quality. Of more than 370 farmers trained so far, around 30% are under the age of 30, and 20% are women. A survey conducted on a sample of around 100 attendees of the 2017 and 2018 program showed that 40% had provided services and said their income had increased since the program.
One such young agripreneur is Wilson Matamoros, 24, who works on his family’s farm in Mocache, Los Ríos province. Having learned pruning techniques through our program, he has increased the cocoa yield on the family farm and offers cocoa pruning services to other local farms, earning additional income. He now aims to become the leader of a group of cocoa pruners in the region.
Find out more
- Rural Development Framework, update 2015 (pdf, 2Mb)
- Commitment on Child Labour in Agricultural Supply Chains (pdf, 200Kb)
- Corporate Business Principles (pdf, 1Mb)
- Responsible Sourcing Standard (pdf, 2Mb)
- Commitment on Deforestation and Forest Stewardship (pdf, 300Kb)
- Commitment on Farm Animal Welfare (pdf, 1Mb)
- Natural Capital: Water in Agriculture (pdf, 6Mb)
- Natural Capital: Biodiversity (pdf, 4Mb)
- Nestlé Cocoa & Forests Initiative Action Plan (pdf, 860Kb)