Our Challenges and Social Impacts of our Cocoa Production

We want to provide transparency on the impact we make and the challenges we face, allowing us to learn and improve along the way. These results delivered in our sustainable cocoa journey would not be possible without the support of our partners, suppliers and, our teams on the field and of course the engagement of the cocoa-farming families we work with.

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Our progress so far


Cocoa sourced through
the Nestlé Cocoa Plan

157 157

Cocoa-farming families
in the Nestlé Cocoa Plan

159 783

Children have been supported through the Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System

10 000

Cocoa-farming families
in the test at scale income accelerator program

Progress Report - The Nestlé Cocoa Plan

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan was launched back in 2009. It has engaged more than 150 000 cocoa-farming families so far, building on three pillars. Better Farming, improving livelihoods in communities. Better Lives, improving social conditions for families. And Better Cocoa, improving product traceability and certification. It helped to build the Child Labour Monitoring Remediation System (CLMRS) in partnership with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) that is now an industry standard.

Forest Positive Cocoa
Progress Report - Towards Forest Positive Cocoa

Moving beyond managing deforestation risks in our supply chain to targeting a positive impact on our broader sourcing landscapes. These reports are built under the Cocoa and Forests Initiative framework and highlighting our progress towards forest positive cocoa. Forest positive is consisting of moving beyond managing deforestation risks in our supply chain to targeting a positive impact on our broader sourcing landscapes.

Progress Report - The Income Accelerator Program

It is an innovative family-centered approach that is aiming at closing gap to a living income and reducing child labour risks. By looking at the family, we’re placing greater value on women as agents for positive change. The program is built and designed to encourage changes in behaviour and reward positive practices – both within the home and on the farm. It rewards cocoa-farming families, not only for the quality and the quantity of their cocoa beans, but also for the benefits they provide to the environment and their local community.

We delivered the first progress report building on the pilot engaging with 1000 cocoa-farming families and we will continue reporting on our impact and challenges building on the 10 000 families part of the test at scale. The measurement and evaluation is done independently by KIT Royal Tropical Institute.

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Our Stories

Protecting and Restoring the West Africa’s Cavally Forest

The Cavally Forest Reserve is one of the largest of 234 classified forests in Côte d’Ivoire. In 2020, Nestlé began working alongside local people to protect and restore this dense landscape with great results.

Farmer Training Program

Engagement with farmers is a key pillar of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. We work directly with them to address gaps in their knowledge on a wide range of subjects, helping to improve safety, health and livelihoods.

Empowering Women To Drive Income Diversification

By encouraging women to join Villages Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) we can help them to access finance and loans to start new businesses. Alongside the financial benefits for families, it’s having a positive effect on gender equality within communities.

Helping Kids into School

Enrolling children from 6-16 years old into school is one of the central incentive pillars of the Income Accelerator Program. By helping women get their children to shool, we can ensure incentives payments are used to fund what matters the most.