Barry Callebaut Group has released a collection of farmer data in its supply chain by going public with a map of all its cocoa suppliers in West Africa.
This map highlights the location of cooperatives and buying stations from which the Group is directly sourcing its cocoa:
“By disclosing our direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon, we are driving a transparent and traceable cocoa supply chain,” said Steven Retzlaff, president Global Cocoa.
Barry Callebaut committed under Forever Chocolate to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. One important pillar of this plan is the elimination of deforestation from its supply chain. According to the company, mapping is a critical step to ending deforestation, because it shows if the farm is located in a protected forest area, and allows them to exclude cocoa purchases from farms fully or partly located within a protected area boundary.
“The opening up of the geographical location of the cooperatives and districts we are directly sourcing from to public scrutiny, is proof of the robustness of our approach to exclude cocoa grown in protected forest areas from our direct supply chain,” said Pablo Perversi, chief innovation, sustainability & quality officer.