Olam food ingredients (ofi), a member of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), has launched its Cocoa Compass sustainability impact report for 2020/21, setting out the progress made in its cocoa supply chain, achieved in collaboration with its customers and partners against its 2030 goals.
Among the ofi sustainability goals, the organisation seeks to eliminate child labour from its supply chain and for all children of cocoa farmers in its supply chain have access to education by 2030. The report explains that child labour monitoring is in place across all managed sustainability programs, while the company’s digital CLMRS app, a part of the Olam Farmers Information System (OFIS) – already used across Central & West Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia – was extended to Papua New Guinea. According to the report, in 2020, ofi reached 100% traceability and 100% deforestation monitoring in its direct supply chain. ofi is also establishing an estimate of cocoa farmer incomes across sourcing countries to better understand and close living income gaps.
Progress highlights include:
Distributing 1.75m trees to farmers (a 356% increase since 2017/18) and enhancing the accuracy of deforestation monitoring by polygon - mapping two-thirds of sustainability programs
Investing in circular biomass boilers fuelled by waste cocoa shells and switching to green electricity to reduce CO2 emissions per metric ton of product output from cocoa processing facilities, down 19% since 2018
Helping farmers across all its programs in nine countries to increase productivity to 635kg per hectare (+9% from 2019/20)
At ICI, we welcome ofi's commitment to eliminating child labour in its cocoa supply chain and commend the organisation for reaching 100% traceability in its direct supply chain.
View the report here.