Small cocoa farms in West Africa produce close to 70% of the world’s cocoa. We at Orkla are committed to reducing the risk of child labour and to helping to improve the earning potential and living conditions of cocoa farmers.
Certified cocoa is the best means at our disposal for determining whether the product that we buy has been farmed sustainably. We have therefore teamed up with UTZ Certified to ensure that our cocoa is sustainably farmed. Our goal is to ensure that by 2020 all the cocoa that we buy for our chocolate production is sustainably produced.
It has been documented that UTZ provides children in cocoa-farming families with better opportunities. Thanks to the UTZ programme in which the certified cocoa farmers participate, the farmers who supply cocoa to UTZ have larger crops per hectare and lower costs. As a result, their incomes are higher, and can cover the costs of sending their children to school.
Ensuring that more children attend school is one of the most important ways of reducing the challenges posed by child labour, and it is therefore very encouraging to see the results which show that the percentage of children who attend school increases when the farmers are certified.