Live Long

VALRHONA'S COCOA AND FORESTS INITIATIVE

TAKING A NEW STEP IN OUR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING DEFORESTATION AT OUR PARTNERS’ SIDE

We are proud to announce the publication of our initial Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI) action plan. Through this trailblazing initiative, Valrhona joins forces with thirty three leading cocoa and chocolate 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. For us at Valrhona, CFI is a groundbreaking opportunity to do just this.

We believe that the existence of healthy forests and thriving biodiversity is a Human Right, as important as proper working conditions for cocoa producers, the absence of child labor, women's rights and good living and housing conditions. We have a duty to protect the environment in cocoa producing countries and to bring together our cocoa-producing partners to invent a blueprint for responsible agriculture. This belief informs not only our decision to join CFI, but also our choice to make protecting forests and biodiversity key elements of our sustainability program Live Long.

OUR CFI COMMITMENTS

Over the next four years, as part of CFI, we will work hand in hand with our Ghanaian and Ivoirian cocoa partners FEDCO and Ecookim & Capedig, as well as the 1650 producers who supply us, to create a sustainable and transparent cocoa supply chain with forests at its heart. We will do so by ensuring traceability right down to the farm, fighting deforestation and supporting farmers to adopt responsible agricultural practices.

We have chosen to focus our CFI actions around the themes of Forest Protection and Restoration, and Sustainable Production and Farmer Livelihoods.

By the end of 2019, we will:

  • Make 100% of our cocoa sourcing traceable to the farm to ensure that our cocoa is not being sourced from forest lands, National Parks and Reserves, and Classified Forests and that no further forest land is converted for cocoa production.
  • Conduct farm mapping of the 1650 farms we source from to identify and collect cocoa farm boundaries.

By the end of 2022 we will:

  • Carry out deforestation risk assessments in all direct sourcing areas. 
  • Implement traceability systems to the farm level.
  • Support cocoa farm rehabilitation.
  • Train 1280 farmers in Good Agricultural Practices.

 

100% TRACEABILITY

We source all our cocoa beans directly, enabling us to have 100% traceability to the 10,262 cocoa producers who supply us across the world and in turn to ensure we have a positive social and environmental impact on cocoa producing communities.  Since joining CFI in 2018, we have worked with our Ghanaian and Ivoirian partners to take this traceability even further. Today, we have full traceability to the farm in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, including GPS mapping of the boundaries of all the farms we source from. By 2021, we aim to have traceability to the farm across all 16 of our cocoa origins.

USING AGROFORESTRY TO SUPPORT PRODUCERS AND FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Our involvement in CFI is part of our wider Live Long commitment to preserve forests and support 100% of our producers towards adopting agroforestry practices, as enshrined in our Forests policy. We actively promote agroforestry as a vital tool to fight climate change, from the multi-stakeholder Cacao Forest initiative we launched in 2015 to our ongoing agroforestry projects in Haiti and Madagascar. By rehabilitating cocoa farms using agroforestry and promoting reforestation and carbon sequestration, we aim to diversify producers’ incomes and promote biodiversity while also achieving our 2025 goal of becoming carbon neutral along our entire value chain.

In a world where climate change and inequality threatens the future of cocoa and the livelihoods of all who work with it, we want to put our commitment to producers and forests at the heart of our business, and so invent a more responsible gastronomy. CFI and Live Long are the way we will do it.

Download our initial action plan for Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire here.

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