Cargill intends to map all its supplier farms © 123RF
Cargill intends to map all its supplier farms © 123RF

Cargill plans end to cocoa deforestation

Food giant Cargill has announced plans to end deforestation in its cocoa supply chain.

The Protect Our Planet strategic action plan outlines the steps Cargill will take to enforce 100% traceability in direct supply chains across the Ivory Coast by 2020, and includes a commitment of “no further conversion” of any forest land in Ghana and Ivory Coast for cocoa production, said a statement from Cargill.

Harold Poelma, president of Cargill cocoa & chocolate, said: “Concerns around deforestation and its impact demand a joint response from private and public sectors, companies and citizens alike.

“We are committed to playing our part in ending deforestation in the cocoa sector while improving the lives of cocoa farmers and their communities, reinforcing our ability to thrive as a business while leaving a positive impact on the world around us.”

Cargill has addressed five key areas in the plan: supply chain transparency; its Cocoa Promise programme to coordinate environmental protection projects; supplier engagement to raise standards and address transparency in indirect supply chains; encouraging transformation through a network of sustainable companies and supporting stronger legal enforcement mechanisms; and reporting and sharing progress and learning with stakeholders globally.

Supply chain transparency includes the use of GPS mapping and tracking technology to trace the origin of beans, including farm location and size.

“We have already achieved 100% traceability from farm to factory in Ghana using these technologies. We are aiming to achieve the same in Ivory Coast in 2020, where we  mapped over 80,000 of the 120,000 farms in our direct supply chain,” Cargill said.

The new sustainability initiative builds on five sustainability goals introduced in October 2017, which supports the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The plan will also expand to Brazil, Indonesia, Cameroon and Ghana, and indirect supply chains by 2030.

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