Cocoa grown illegally in protected areas has no place in our supply chains. We are continuing our efforts to stop deforestation and the destruction of other natural habitats within our agricultural commodity supply chains, including those where cocoa is grown and harvested.
Addressing deforestation in cocoa supply chains is complex and requires a concerted approach. That’s why we joined the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) when it launched in 2017. CFI brings together all the relevant stakeholders – cocoa and chocolate industry, governments of producing countries, cooperatives, farmers and rural communities – who need to come together to solve this multifaceted issue.
In March 2019, we published our Cocoa & Forests Initiative Action Plan that laid out the key activities we will undertake to fulfill our commitment to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa sector. All activities will be implemented in both Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana by 2022.
Since then we have started implementing the Plan and can now report on progress for the first time. Some of our actions are implemented by Nestlé directly while others are implemented by our direct suppliers or by our partner NGOs such as PUR Projet and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI). In order to drive actions on the ground in Côte d’Ivoire and oversee the relationship with our partners, we recruited a Forests and Environment Manager in the country in September 2019.
All figures in this first Progress Report represent cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP), our ‘direct supply chain’ in CFI terminology. The NCP represents 44% of our global cocoa supply, and about 78% of our supply from Côte d’Ivoire and 75% of the cocoa we source from Ghana. We have made a public commitment to source 100% of cocoa for our confectionery products from the NCP by 2025.