Swiss chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume.
This is a key milepost in Barry Callebaut’s Forever Chocolate commitment to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. This commitment also includes a target to source 100 percent of the company’s ingredients sustainably by 2025.
Barry Callebaut has prioritized establishing traceability in its Ghanaian and Ivorian supply chains. Under the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI), a multi-stakeholder initiative dedicated to ending cocoa farming-induced deforestation in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, Barry Callebaut committed to deliver 100 percent traceability in its supply chains in those countries. In line with this commitment, the Barry Callebaut has mapped 100 percent of the farms and warehouses in its direct supply chain at risk of sourcing from protected forest areas.
Barry Callebaut has mapped all cocoa farms within 5 kilometers of a protected forest area, and all cocoa warehouses within 25 kilometers of a protected forest area. By the end of 2019, Barry Callebaut will have mapped all the farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana it sources from, establishing 100 percent traceability for its direct supply chain in the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries.
Overall, this means that 100 percent of the cocoa volume sourced in Ghana and 40 percent of the cocoa volume sourced in Côte d’Ivoire by Barry Callebaut is traceable. The Ghanaian government has mandated the traceability of cocoa, which means that 100 percent of the cocoa volume Barry Callebaut sources in Ghana is traceable to community level.