Cocoa farmers and their communities face several complex challenges, including:
Productivity: limited knowledge of farming techniques, limited access to planting materials, pests and disease
Environmental: climate change, aging trees, unfertile soil
Social: limited access to education, gender inequality, fewer leadership roles for women
Financial: poverty, lack of access to finance
Cocoa Life is changing this.
Together, we create a movement to make cocoa, the essence of chocolate, right.
Cocoa Life is Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability program launched in 2012 to secure a supply of more sustainable cocoa.
As one of the world’s leading chocolate companies, we are focused on continuing to make cocoa right. And this goes beyond leading our global program Cocoa Life and sourcing cocoa for our products. We believe that only by working together can we help tackle the complex, interconnected challenges in the sector to help create a better future for the people who grow cocoa and the landscapes where it grows.
Cocoa Life is helping to combat these challenges, working in cocoa producing countries with our partners to help empower the men and women whose livelihood it is to grow cocoa. We focus on where we can help make a difference: turning cocoa into a business of choice, creating inclusive and empowered communities and educating on forest conservation and restoration.
Our goal is to have all Mondelēz International’s chocolate brands source their cocoa volume needs through Cocoa Life by 2025. We also have a goal to increase our cocoa volume scale and work with ~300,000 cocoa farmers through our Cocoa Life program by 2030.
Cocoa Life is on a long-term journey to help create a vibrant, strong cocoa supply chain while growing opportunities to help transform the livelihoods of farmers and their communities. We believe that empowered, thriving cocoa communities are the essential foundation for more sustainable cocoa."
Cathy Pieters, VP Sustainable Ingredients
We have a vision to make cocoa right.
That's why our mission is to lead cocoa sector transformation by driving holistic solutions that address root causes and create systemic, lasting change. We do this by implementing our own holistic program in partnership with others, sharing what we've learned on the journey, and by advocating for policy change.
We are creating a movement for lasting change, rooted in deep understanding, sector-wide collaboration and partnership.
We focus our efforts on the three areas where we can help make the most difference: more sustainable cocoa farming businesses; empowered cocoa communities; conserved and restored forests.
Making cocoa right means helping to tackle the complex challenges that cocoa farmers face. Cocoa Life has innovative ways to do this and help meet the growing demand for more sustainably sourced cocoa so that by 2030 we can achieve our goals to:
- Increase number of farming households reaching a living income
- Enhance child protection systems and enable access to quality education in Cocoa Life communities
- Seek no deforestation on Cocoa Life farms globally
A sustainable cocoa supply begins with empowered cocoa farmers
Integrity and accountability are as important as sun and water
Partnership is the key to lasting change
Efficient farming practices lead to financial security
The work of children is education and play
Gender equality benefits everyone
Conserving the land and forests is a promise to future generations
COCOA LIFE: COCOA MADE RIGHT
Mondelēz International is making the commitment to responsible cocoa even more clear through its chocolate brands. Choosing the Cocoa Life logo means everyone can love our chocolate as much as we do, because it’s made the right way.
We are proud of how far we’ve come to help these communities thrive and Mondelēz International’s chocolate is a testament to this work. We are determined to do more and bring you closer to the cocoa farming communities where your chocolate comes from.
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