BUILDING A PROMISING FUTURE FOR COCOA FARMING COMMUNITIES

Through Cocoa Life, we are transforming our cocoa supply chain.

Launched in 2012, Cocoa Life is investing $400 million USD by 2022 to empower at least 200,000 cocoa farmers and reach one million community members. This effort builds on the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership, which was founded in Ghana in 2008. It's all part of our commitment to ensure a sustainable future for chocolate.

Cocoa Life helps communities thrive in six key cocoa-growing origins―Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Indonesia, India, the Dominican Republic and Brazil. We are helping them gain knowledge and skills to improve their livelihoods, strengthen their communities and inspire the next generation of cocoa farmers.

COCOA LIFE - WHAT WE DO, HOW IT WORKS

Learn more about how cocoa farming families and their communities benefit from Cocoa Life in our comprehensive graphic.

Mission
Why Cocoa Life

"Cocoa Life is on a long-term journey to create a vibrant, strong cocoa supply chain while transforming the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their communities. We believe that empowered, thriving cocoa communities are the essential foundation for sustainable cocoa." — Cathy Pieters, Director of Cocoa Life

Challenge
  • Without cocoa,
    there is no chocolate.

  • Without the next cocoa farming generation,
    there is no cocoa.

Our Core Principles

Cocoa Life believes thriving cocoa farming communities are essential for sustainable cocoa. At our foundation are three core principles.

  • Holistic and Farmer-Centric
    Listening to farmers and their communities allows us to design interventions that lift people out of poverty and establish cocoa communities as desirable places to live.

  • Committed to Partnerships
    Joining together with farmer organizations, governments, NGOs, supply chain partners and communities leads to real solutions and measurable transformations. We know we can't do it alone.

  • Aligned with our Sourcing
    Striving to ensure lasting, positive change, we hold ourselves and all partners along our cocoa supply chain accountable. By sourcing Cocoa Life beans from farmer organizations, Cocoa Life farmers become active members of the supply chain.

Cocoa Life: Global Program Introduction
Vision
COCOA LIFE'S THREE NON-NEGOTIABLE PRINCIPLES

Cocoa Life's vision is that empowered, thriving cocoa farming communities are the essential foundation for sustainable cocoa.

Cocoa Life holds at its core three critical principles. Cocoa Life is …

1. HOLISTIC AND FARMER-CENTRIC

Listening to farmers and their communities allows us to design interventions that lift people out of poverty and establish cocoa communities as desirable places to live.

2. COMMITTED TO PARTNERSHIPS

Joining together with farmer organizations, governments , NGOs, supply chain partners and communities helps us find real solutions that can lead to measurable transformations.

3. ALIGNED WITH OUR SOURCING

Striving to ensure all our partners, along all of our cocoa supply chains, support our approach and principles of integrity and accountability. By sourcing Cocoa Life beans from the farmer organizations, Cocoa Life farmers become active members of the supply chain.

VALUES
COCOA LIFE BELIEVES …

Integrity and accountability are as important as sun and water.

A sustainable cocoa supply begins with thriving farmers.

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 is a promise to future generations.

Together we grow: Cocoa Life

FOCUS AREAS
HOW COCOA LIFE DRIVES CHANGE

Cocoa Life is holistically transforming cocoa farming communities in five key ways:

Transforming Farming
Facilitating the adoption of improved agricultural practices
Providing access to improved planting materials, crop protection and financial services

Transforming Community
Empowering communities to lead their own development, with the help of the Community Action Plan

Transforming Youth
Encouraging quality education
Making cocoa farming a more attractive profession for young people

Transforming Livelihoods
Improving access to financial services
Promoting entrepreneurship and additional income

Transforming Environment
Maintaining cocoa ecosystems
Protecting the landscape

Verification
How Cocoa Life Measures Progress

Cocoa Life is a verified program: To provide full transparency in our supply chain, we have third-party verification by FLOCERT. To allow us to understand the impact and continuously improve the quality of our interventions on the ground, we commission annual outcome assessments and three-yearly evaluations of our impact on cocoa farming communities by 3rd party research agency IPSOS on ten key performance indicators (KPIs), as shown in the chart below.

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.

  • Farming
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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 their 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. They are designed to evaluate Cocoa Life’s 10 global KPIs. Reports will be published at Baseline, after two years (Wave 1), and after four years (Wave 2).


    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
Cocoa Life On The Map

From a global perspective to a local view: our Interactive Cocoa Farm Map shows our worldwide scale. It also visualizes the individual farmers and their communities that are participating in Cocoa Life.

Note: Not all farmers participating in Cocoa Life are mapped yet; in some areas there are more farmers participating than are displayed.

Marker meanings

  • cocoa life presence

    Cocoa Life presence

  • cocoa farms

    Cocoa farms

  • demonstration plot

    Demonstration plot

  • nursery

    Nursery

Ghana

2.076 farmers participating
6 Cocoa Life team members
112 Cocoa Life Communities
Active in country since 2012
Zoom in to find out moreWe are working on mapping the farms in this origin.

Ashanti Region

2.076 farmers participating
6 hectares of farmland
112 Cocoa Life Communities

Asuahei

2.076 farmers participating
6 hectares of farmland

Farm

Location: 6
6 hectares of farmland
Year farmer joined: 1970
COCOA LIFE'S PARTNERS

We believe partnerships are key to lasting change. Cocoa Life is built on partnerships with governments, nongovernment organizations, supply chain partners, cocoa farming organizations, and farming communities.

INDUSTRY PLATFORMS

In addition, we are proud to be members of these industry platforms:

international cocoa initiative

Established in 2002, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is the leading organization promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities. ICI works with the cocoa industry, civil society, and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and contribute to the elimination of child labor.

world cocoa foundation

Founded in 2000, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization representing more than 100 member companies across the cocoa value chain. WCF is committed to creating a sustainable cocoa economy by putting farmers first — promoting agricultural and environmental stewardship and strengthening development in cocoa-growing communities.

The WCF's CocoaAction strategy, launched in May 2014, brings the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies together to work with governments, NGOs, and key stakeholders to identify and more quickly act on issues in cocoa sustainability.

COCOA LIFE'S EXTERNAL ADVISORS

External advisors are leaders from prominent environmental, policy, and humanitarian organizations whose expertise and outside perspective help us develop the Cocoa Life strategy and program. They challenge and expand Cocoa Life's goals and policies, and hold us accountable along the way as we continue to improve our program and work toward creating a sustainable, community-based supply.

Find out more about our advisors’ visits in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.

TESTIMONIALS
what our advisors say
mclaughlin

"Cocoa Life's mission is to transform the global cocoa supply chain by working with farmers, communities, and other key people along the supply chain to have a positive impact on livelihoods, communities, and the environment. This effort is completely aligned with WWF's market transformations mission and offers an opportunity to work together and innovate to create a much more sustainable cocoa supply chain."

DAVID MCLAUCHLIN
Senior Advisor, Strategy, Conservation International

bovarnick

"I believe Cocoa Life is a globally important and innovative program to promote and scale up sustainable cocoa. I value the opportunity to be part of shaping the program and the policies of Mondelēz International to help in making its supply chain sustainable, environmentally friendly and that farm support practices are institutionalized within government structures and policies."

ANDREW BOVARNICK
Lead Natural Resource Economist and Global Head, United Nations Development Programme’s Green Commodities Program

mcquade

"I am involved in Cocoa Life because it provides an opportunity to work with Mondelēz International on the hugely complex but vital problem of eradicating child labor and child slavery in the business's supply chain."

AIDAN MCQUADE
Human Rights Expert

niepold

"I am happy to be an external advisor to Mondelēz International's Cocoa Life program. I think Mondelēz International has an important opportunity to pioneer innovative solutions to human rights and environmental challenges in their supply chain. In my work with global multi-nationals, governments and civil society across many sectors, I have seen first-hand the value of directly engaging communities, in shaping the programs that have the potential to improve their lives."

MIL NIEPOLD
Mediation Expert, The Mara Partners

nyambura

"As a small-scale tea farmer and having grown up as a child of a small-scale tea farmer, I deeply understand and appreciate the real challenges that confront small scale farmers. Cocoa Life has brought great transformation to communities around the cocoa growing countries. Cocoa life is undoubtedly a great path-finder within the cocoa sector. As I have recently joined the external advisors council, I look forward to share my experiences and to learn from the cocoa life team as we continue the pursuit of the Cocoa Life vision for sustainable development."

JANE NYAMBURA
Regional Manager Africa, Ethical Tea Partnership

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