Cultivating Sustainable Cocoa and Agricultural Communities

Jul 7, 2016 2:10 PM ET

By helping cocoa farmers stay up to date on the latest agricultural practices and providing more opportunities for education in the communities they live in, we are working to ensure a sustainable supply of certified cocoa. We rely on farmers in cocoa-growing regions throughout West Africa to produce the high-quality cocoa beans we use to make our delicious chocolate. We are committed to improving the livelihoods of these cocoa farmers, while protecting the environment and ensuring there is a sustainable supply of cocoa now and far into the future.

Our Learn to Grow programs in 464 cocoa communities in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria currently help more than 31,000 farmers, 15 percent of whom are women, by providing information on best practices in sustainable cocoa farming.

CocoaAction— an industry collaboration of cocoa and chocolate companies we played a key role in founding—is advancing the sustainability of the cocoa industry and improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and communities. We have committed to purchase 100 percent certified and sustainable sourced cocoa by 2020.