Barry Callebaut has published its 2021/22 Forever Chocolate Report, detailing the company’s ongoing efforts to tackle child labour and improve farmer livelihoods in its supply chain. The report charts the group’s progress in relation to its targets to build a more sustainable cocoa and chocolate supply chain.  

The group aims to lift more than 500,000 cocoa farmers in its supply chain out of poverty, to eradicate child labour from its supply chain, to become carbon and forest positive, and to have 100% sustainable ingredients in all its products. Notably, during the report period, the group trained 100,743 farmers on child labour awareness, and continued to monitor and identify cases of child labour through Its Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) implemented by ICI.   

Key achievements in the report:  

  • The Farm Services business supported 171,710 farmers (+36.7%) and in addition, programs to support subsidised soil inputs and paid labour teams were ramped up across 8,000 ha to improve cocoa quality yield in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.  

  • Child labour monitoring & remediation system covering >80% farmer groups in its direct supply chain.

  • Launched intensified agroforestry approach including payment for ecosystem services across 11,000 ha.

  • 1 out of 2 products sold contains 100% sustainable cocoa or chocolate  

We commend Barry Callebaut’s continued commitment to eradicating child labour in its supply chain, and its commitment to improving the lives of farmers and their families in cocoa-growing communities.   

Read Barry Callebaut’s Forever Chocolate report here.