Creating a fairer cocoa sector together

Our challenges related to the cocoa sector

Our products’ main ingredient – cocoa – is facing a growing number of social and environmental issues for which it is our duty to respond if we want our cocoa-producer partners’ businesses to develop and flourish over the long run.

Producers’ living conditions, deforestation and climate change are some of the threats we are confronted with. Cocoa’s value chain is complex, not least because cocoa is produced in the Global South but consumed in the Global North. Good supply management and traceability represent challenges of their own.

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Our objectives and progress

100% Traceability

for cacao beans from the producer

17% traceability

for cacao beans from the farm parcel. Target: 100% by 2021

81% of the producer countries

visited at least once per calendar year. Target: 100% by 2021

14 out of our 16 source countries

are part of a long-term partnership

93% of our cacao

purchased through a long-term partnership. Initial Target: 90%

7 years

average lenght of a partnership

100% of producers accompanied

towards agroforestry practices by 2025

Partnership

At Valrhona, we work to create a fair and sustainable cocoa sector by building close, mutually beneficial relationships with our 18,208 cocoa producers. We do this by forging long-term partnerships with producer organizations who share our vision and focus on quality and traceability.

From the construction of housing and schools to the protection of rare cocoa varieties, the projects we carry out together reflect our commitment to producing communities and the environment.

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Traceability

Thanks to our direct relations with cooperatives, producers' associations and private plantations, we are proud to be able to affirm today that 100% of our cocoa is traceable from the producer.

Today, we source our beans from 10,262 producers in 16 different countries, with 93% of our volumes purchased through our long-term partnerships.

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Protecting the forest and its biodiversity

We are proud to be part of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative through which we join forces with companies and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time – deforestation – and together create a cocoa sector in which producers and forests flourish.

We know we can only create the far-reaching change that is so urgently needed if we all work together.

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Discover more about our partnerships and actions across the world

See our live long map

Our other pillars