Mondelēz makes deforestation progress in cocoa supply chain

By Georgia Wilson
Mondelēz - owner of Cadbury and Toblerone - has mapped out almost all of its coca suppliers across Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia to combat defo...

Mondelēz - owner of Cadbury and Toblerone - has mapped out almost all of its coca suppliers across Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Indonesia to combat deforestation.

The international organisation has announced that as part of its efforts to combat deforestation, has mapped out almost all of its cocoa farms within its chocolate supply chain across Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and Indonesia. The full progress report on the company’s Cocoa Life sustainability programme will be released shortly.

Hailing significant progress in its efforts to meet its green goals within supply chain, the company strives to combat deforestation, improve yields, boost climate resilience and curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The efforts to map its cocoa farms comes as part of the company’s efforts to ensure its cocoa is sourced from areas that are not protected. So far it has mapped those registered through the Cocoa Life programme as of 2018, it is now working to map any new farms registered in 2019.

Mondelēz efforts over the years

In the past two years, Mondelēz has offered sustainable agricultural training for over 134,000 farmers across Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, and Indonesia in order to increase yields and boost climate resilience and biodiversity.


In 2019, the first Coca Life tree registration app was launched for cocoa farmers in the company’s supply chain in Ghana, where they can register their trees via a smartphone device. Mondelēz said that the move could not only help keep better track of the trees within the supply chain, but could also open up opportunities for farmers to receive compensation should their trees become damaged or destroyed.

The establishment of the Cocoa Life sustainability programme by the company forms part of its wider international sustainability efforts.The programme details Mondelēz’s targets to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2025 from a 2018 baseline. These targets set by Mondelēz have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, which has a ‘well below’ 2 degrees celsius global warming target. 

When discussing the targets detailed within the Cocoa Life sustainability program, Cedric van Cutsem, Mondelēz International's associate director in charge of operations for Cocoa Life, stresses the importance of tackling climate change and deforestation as a priority for the company. 

"Both the public and private sector have a shared responsibility to deliver on commitments they have made," he said. "Now we must work together to understand how to achieve our goals faster."

About Mondelēz

“Empowering people to snack right.” Established in 2012, Mondelēz International has been operating in 150 countries around the world, with ambitions to lead the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands including Oreo, belVita, LU biscuits, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka, Toblerone chocolate, Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum.

In 2018, Mondelēz International had a global net revenue of US$25.9bn and a net earning of US$3.4bn. The company also employs roughly 80,000 people within its factories, offices, research & development facilities and distribution activities globally.

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