MAKING AN IMPACT

Cocoa Life is dedicated to making an impact across the cocoa supply chain—not just in farming communities, but also in the chocolate you enjoy.

In addition to publishing our progress every year, we engage FLOCERT and Ipsos to verify Cocoa Life is accomplishing what we set out to do. It allows us to learn what works and what we can improve.

Our Progress

We hold ourselves accountable for creating real change in cocoa-growing communities. Cocoa Life set the goal of reaching 200,000 farmers and one million community members by 2022; and achieving this has been crucial on the journey to reach our goal to source cocoa for all of Mondelēz International's chocolate brands from Cocoa Life by 2025.

By the end of 2021:
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    Cocoa Life reached
    209,954
    cocoa farmers

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    in
    2,597
    communities

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    And
    75%
    of cocoa volumes for Mondelēz International’s chocolate brands were sourced through the Cocoa Life program

We recognize that change takes time. But one thing is certain — we are committed to our holistic approach to grow opportunities for our cocoa communities.

2021 GLOBAL PROGRESS DASHBOARD

This dashboard demonstrates the scale achieved by the end of 2021 and how Cocoa Life is making progress in its key cocoa origin countries. Cocoa Life monitors the below indicators under three areas of intervention, which we put in place with our partners.

Sustainable cocoa farming businesses
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Farmers trained, coached or having a farm development plan on Good Agricultural Practices
208,840
Cocoa seedlings distributed
23,658,100
Cocoa-farming demonstration plots
1,321
Nurseries
317
Youth trained on cocoa-related enterprises1
33,587

1. Youth is the age range from 18-35 in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, and 15-24 in Indonesia. 
Empowered cocoa communities
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Communities with a CODEC and Community Action Plan activated2
2,482
CAP projects completed in communities
5,568
Community members trained on gender awareness
232,308
Village Savings and Loan Associations operational
4,133
Community members who participate in VSLAs
163,749
VSLAs linked to finance institutions
1,061
Community members trained on financial literacy
142,168
Community members trained on business management
103,978
Community members involved in additional Income Generating Activities
119,358
Community members and farmers educated on issues of child labor and forced child labor
884,115
Communities with Child Protection Committees
1,810
Communities with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System or equivalent
1,548

2. A committee elected by the communtiy develops and presents the plans. 
Conserved and restored forests
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Community members & farmers trained on Good Environmental Practices
335,264
Economic shade trees distributed
4,453,761
Farms mapped & monitored
198,099
About the Dashboard
Cocoa Life routinely collects monitoring data from our partners as part of the ongoing review of program performance at the local level, so we can apply learnings to improve program outcomes in the future.
HOW WE MEASURE PROGRESS
OUR 10 GLOBAL KPIs

Cocoa Life uses Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure how effectively we are achieving our business objectives and fulfilling our commitment to our focus areas.

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    • cocoa income Net income from cocoa
    • cocoa productivity Cocoa productivity
  • Community
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    • women's participation Increase in women's participation in decision-making process
    • plan development Increase capacity in the community to plan and advocate for their own social development
  • Livelihoods
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    • net income Net income from sources other than cocoa
    • cocoa farmers Cocoa farmers’ reduced vulnerability to external shocks
  • Youth
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    • child labor reduction Reduction in child labor and forced child labor
    • career opportunity increase Increase in career opportunities for youth in cocoa sector
  • Environment
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    • sustainable natural resources Helping future farming generations through sustainable natural resources use on farm
    • forest conservation Increase in conservation of forests and maintenance of ecosystems


Verification

To verify our impact on farmers and through communities and measure progress towards our goal of sourcing all our cocoa sustainably, consistent evaluation is needed. Two independent third parties—Ipsos and FLOCERT—keep us on track.

  • Impact Evaluation

    Ipsos measures our progress on the ground by conducting farmer, farmer household and community studies comparing baseline conditions to developments over at least three years. The studies are designed to evaluate Cocoa Life’s global KPIs across all Cocoa Life origins. Updates about Cocoa Life’s journey and impact will be published annually. For more information on IPSOS’ impact evaluation click here.


    Ipsos is a global non-partisan, objective research practice.

    Ipsos
  • Supply Chain Verification

    FLOCERT verifies the flow of cocoa from Cocoa Life communities into our supply chain. It also verifies the benefits cocoa farmers receive, such as premium payments and clear trade terms. Verification drives learning and transparency, and ensures we are sourcing from the farming communities we invest in.



    FLOCERT is a socially-focused and leading global certification body.

    Flocert
Impact Evaluations

Cocoa Life is dedicated to making an impact across the entire cocoa sector, and we continuously measure whether we’re creating real change in cocoa-growing communities. This is at the heart of Cocoa Life because only by evaluating our impact can we understand the benefits our program creates, continually assess our work and course-correct where needed.

Cocoa Life’s in-depth measurement and evaluation work enables us to share our impact data, and continues to demonstrate how our holistic approaches drive positive impact.

As described in our 2021 SMR report, data shows that:

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Cocoa Life farmer incomes are increasing over time, driven mainly by premiums and higher prices including the Living Income Differential (LID), as well as farm productivity
  • Increased net income +15% in Ghana and +33% in Côte d’Ivoire vs. 2019
  • A +11% relative increase of Cocoa Life households in West Africa earning a living income vs. 2019 (despite the pandemic and inflation)
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Cocoa farming communities are steering their own development and improving local infrastructure
  • 70% of CAPs are supported by local government
  • Through CAPs, communities prioritize investments in school infrastructure, water, health and sanitation projects.
  • 61% of Cocoa Life communities in West Africa are covered with a Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS) in place
  • 163,749 community members are participating in VSLAs, of which 69% are women
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Cocoa Life helps to protect forests
  • 78% of Cocoa Life farms are now mapped to monitor deforestation
  • Recent findings show near to no deforestation on or closely around Cocoa Life farms in West Africa since 2018 (0.1% in Ghana & 0.4% in CIV)

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