In 2018, CHF46.8m was invested in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, to continue delivering tangible results against the strategic pillars of better farming, better lives and better cocoa.
198,000 tonnes (49%) of cocoa was sourced through the NestléCocoa Plan in 2018, up from 42.9% in 2017 – enough for the 17.5 billion KitKat fingers produced every year, as well as other leading brands Nesquik, Milkybar, Toll House and Cailler. KitKat is the first global confectionery brand to be sourced from 100% sustainable cocoa. In 2018 we began printing our achievements under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan on packs of KitKat and Abuelita hot chocolate, and this initiative will be expanded to other brands in 2019.
Improving farming practices
3.5 million hardier, high yielding cocoa trees were distributed in 2018, exceeding our 10-year commitment one year early to replace old trees which are past their best. By understanding the challenges farmers face, Nestlé aims to improve productivity and incomes, make agriculture more attractive and secure long‑term supplies. We have further increased the use of digital technology and video to train farmers in better agricultural practices to improve yields, reduce cocoa diseases and improve bean quality.
Helping to eliminate deforestation
Cocoa from protected forests has no place in Nestlé’s supply chain. To ensure that our cocoa is sourced legally from farms outside of protected areas we are mapping the field outlines of farms. By the end of 2018, 80% of the 87,000 farms across Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana had been mapped and we are strengthening traceability via bag barcoding and farmer databases, which now incorporates 114,000 farmers.
Nestlé is committed to eliminating deforestation by 2020. Our Action Plan was published on 5 March 2019, reinforcing the company’s commitment to support the Cocoa & Forests Initiative. This is a new public-private partnership bringing together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the cocoa industry, to help end deforestation, restore forests and secure sustainable livelihoods for affected people in our cocoa supply chain. Over the next four years, 2.8 million forest tree seedlings will be distributed to farmers to encourage them to grow shade tree nurseries alongside cocoa trees.
Tackling child labour in our supply chain
We are determined to continue in our efforts to eradicate child labour from our supply chain. We work closely with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to identify the challenges of, and solutions for, child labour. The roll-out of our remediation and prevention actions under the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) continued in 2018, and now includes 67,000 farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and 2,400 in Ghana, in 95 co-operatives. 28,000 children have been helped so far and a further17,000 children were found at risk in 2018.
Our education partner in Côte d’Ivoire is The Jacobs Foundation which aims to improve the quality of education in rural areas. In 2018 we provided informal bridging classes for 3,149 out-of-school children, and additional literacy support for those attending school but at risk of dropping out. A further two schools in Côte d’Ivoire were built in 2018 bringing the total to 45.
Click here to learn more about our long-term commitment to the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and how this is helping to improve the quality of life for cocoa farmers and their communities. Read more about our Cocoa and Forests Initiative Initial Action Plan here.