Cadbury has achieved its commitment of 100 per cent sustainable cocoa sourcing for its Australian made products, four years ahead of its 2025 commitment.
More than 90 per cent of the products Cadbury sells in Australia is produced locally at factories in Melbourne, Hobart, and a dairy in Burnie, Tasmania. Cocoa for all of these products will now be sustainably sourced through its Cocoa Life program.
Cocoa Life operates across three continents and is Mondelēz International’s signature sustainable cocoa sourcing program that focuses on tackling the complex challenges that cocoa farmers and their communities face, including climate change, gender inequality, poverty and child labour.
The program entails a $500 million investment and will run across 10 years. It has been designed to create a thriving cocoa sector through on-the-ground intervention and innovation helping cocoa farmers gain knowledge and skills to improve their livelihoods. It will strengthen their communities, protect and restore forests and inspire the next generation to see cocoa farming as a business of choice.
Paul Chatfield, Marketing Director for Cadbury, said the milestone was a proud achievement for Cadbury Australia.
“Cocoa is at the heart of our products, so ensuring it’s sourced in a way that benefits farmers and their communities is integral to the long-term sustainability of the cocoa farming sector.
“Cocoa Life partners with 29 suppliers and NGOs to deliver the program on the ground. By taking a partnership approach, we ensure we’re meeting the individual needs of each cocoa farming community.
“We know Australian chocolate lovers are increasingly conscious of the impact their choices have on the planet, so it’s great to know that by choosing their favourite chocolate, they’re helping to support sustainable farming practices and empowered communities,” said Chatfield.