OUR VISION = Building a brighter future for cocoa farmers, producing great quality cocoa Better Farming, Better Lives, Better Cocoa, Every Day = OUR MISSION

Better Farming

Enabling farmers to run profitable farms by:
  • Farmer Training to improve farming practices
  • Better quality plants to improve yield and disease resistance
  • Respecting the environment to avoid deforestation

Better Lives

Improving social conditions
by:
  • Tackling child labour through transparency and monitoring to help elimination
  • Promoting gender equality to improve household revenues
  • Improving water and sanitation

Better Cocoa

Sustainable good quality
cocoa by:
  • Building long term loyal customer - farmer Group relationships
  • Supply chain traceability to the farmer
  • Rewarding NCP farmers for certification and good quality
Collaboration, Transparency and Public Reporting
Working with WCF, Cococa Action, independent partners e.g. Fari Labor Association, ICI, Rainforest Alliance, IDH, GIZ, local NGO's and research organisations

Making better cocoa begins with improving the lives of the people who grow it.

We train farmers in better agricultural practices, distribute higher-yielding cocoa trees, promote gender equality, address instances of child labour and develop long-term relationships with farmer groups.

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Our Journey

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1990's

Nestlé begins detailed research into failing cacao tree productivity, in a bid to help producers.

2000's

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.

2002

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.

2009

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.

2011

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan expands to Indonesia.

2012

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).

2013

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan launches in the US market. Toll House in the US becomes 100% supplied by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

2015

Nestlé achieves 100% sustainable cocoa supply in the UK and Ireland.

2016

KitKat becomes the first brand to procure 100% Nestlé Cocoa Plan certified cocoa beans for global production.

2017

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.

2018

Nestlé completes its commitment to distribute 12 million cocoa tree seedlings – a year earlier than planned.

Our Ambitions

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.

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Our Progress

Better Farming
114
k

Farmers covered by the Nestlé Cocoa Plan

Better Lives
51
%

Reduction in child labour in our supply chain over a three-year period

Better Cocoa
198
k

Tonnes of cocoa sourced annually through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan

Our Challenges

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.

Key challenges

Living income
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.


Traceability
While we’ve simplified the supply chain, traceability is still a challenge from thousands of small farmers selling a few kilos at a time.


Reaching people
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.


Membership
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
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.

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Our Partners

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.

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Our Brands

Nestlé makes some of the world's favourite chocolate brands.
We are proud that many of our brands source 100% of their cocoa through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, including these iconic favourites

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