Sustainable cocoa production
Orkla wants production in all parts of the supply chain to comply with the Group’s supplier code of conduct. Cocoa is an example of a product category in which there are complex challenges which require special attention.
Close to 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, and is being grown on some 1.5 million small, family-run farms. With poor infrastructure, a high illiteracy rate, and general poverty there is a need for a holistic development of cocoa communities to in order to secure a broad, permanent improvement in living conditions.
In cooperation with the UN specialised agency for labour issues, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and several development assistance organisations, the US and European cocoa and chocolate industry has taken comprehensive action to improve the situation. This includes inspections of working conditions at cocoa farms, immediate measures to stop the use of forced child labour, and training programmes to help cocoa farmers increase their income. Orkla Brands has been involved in these improvement efforts through Nidar and Panda. Both of these chocolate producing companies are members of the World Cocoa Foundation, an international industry organisation that coordinates development work in the cocoa sector and provides project funding.
In addition, Orkla Brands has, together with the Norwegian Association of Chocolate Manufacturers and UNDP, initiated a Nordic cooperation project aimed at promoting sustainable cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire. Nidar, Panda, Kalev, Stabburet and Göteborg Kex have joined the project which is in a design phase.
Nidar is collaborating with Utz Certified with the aim that all Nidar chocolate shall be produced from certified cocoa by 2015. Utz Certified ensures that the cocoa is cultivated under sustainable conditions and provides the cocoa farmers with agricultural training.