Nestlé begins detailed research into failing cacao tree productivity, in a bid to help producers.
The "Fine Cocoa Programme" begins preliminary work in Ecuador and Venezuela to support cocoa growing communities.
This lays the groundwork for the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Nestlé partners with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene in rural communities in the Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is launched.
Nestlé opens a Research and Development (R&D) centre in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire as a base in West Africa.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan expands to Indonesia.
The R&D centre in Abidjan begins distributing one-million high-yield plantlets each year.
Nestlé becomes the first company in the industry to establish a comprehensive supply chain approach to tackling child labour: the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS).
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan launches in the US market. Toll House in the US becomes 100% supplied by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa supply in the UK and Ireland.
KitKat becomes the first brand to procure 100% Nestlé Cocoa Plan certified cocoa beans for global production.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan releases the ground-breaking Tackling Child Labour Report.
Separately, an independent report names Nestlé as the chocolate company doing the most to address the issue.
Nestlé completes its commitment to distribute 12 million cocoa tree seedlings – a year earlier than planned.
Better Farming: making cocoa more profitable for farmers.
Better Lives: eliminating child labour from our supply chain.
Better Cocoa: improving the transparency of our supply chain and the quality of our cocoa.
Despite the major strides that the Nestlé Cocoa Plan has taken, significant challenges remain.
We are committed to being transparent on these challenges, as well as reporting on our progress.
How do we help farmers to achieve a living income? There is a lot of debate and work going on, and some very helpful reports, but no clear answers yet.
While we’ve simplified the supply chain, traceability is still a challenge from thousands of small farmers selling a few kilos at a time.
The farming communities are often remote, involving hours of driving along rutted earth roads. Doing anything in these communities such as training farmers or providing birth certificates is difficult and during rainy periods can be impossible.
Keeping track of farmer members of cooperatives as people join and leave can be problematic and can leave us with out-of-date records.
Certification audits are becoming more rigorous which leads to some cooperatives failing. While they get a second chance, some still fail and we are unable to buy certified cocoa for a season until they regain their certified status. This impacts the farmers as they don’t get a premium and disrupts the flow of cocoa to us.
One organisation or company working in isolation cannot bring about real change; collaboration is needed.
A number of organisations have come together to deliver the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.
Nestlé makes some of the world's favourite chocolate brands.
We are proud to say that these iconic brands now source 100% of their cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan