SWITZERLAND – The Swiss cocoa and chocolate company, Barry Callebaut has said that it has established traceability for a third of its global cocoa volume, bringing it closer to achieving its ambitious cocoa sustainability goals.

By 2025, the company aims to source 100% of the group’s ingredients sustainably by 2025.

This commitment is supported by efforts to enhance a traceable supply chain in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, the world’s two largest cocoa producers.

Barry Callebaut committed to deliver 100% traceability in its supply chains in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

In line with this commitment, the Group said it has mapped 100% of the farms and warehouses in its direct supply chain at risk of sourcing from protected forest areas.

Under the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, the company joined the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and thirty-three leading cocoa and chocolate companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas.

Central to the Frameworks is a commitment to no further conversion of any forest land for cocoa production.

“This means that Barry Callebaut has mapped all cocoa farms within 5 km from a protected forest area and all cocoa warehouses within 25km from a protected forest area.

“By the end of 2019, Barry Callebaut will have mapped all the farms in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana it sources from, establishing 100% traceability for its direct supply chain in the world’s two largest cocoa producing countries.

“Overall, this means that 100% of the cocoa volume sourced in Ghana and 40% of the cocoa volume sourced in Côte d’Ivoire, by Barry Callebaut, is traceable,” said the company.

This further reinforces its Forever Chocolate commitment which outlines plans to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.

It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.