The Chocolate Box

What is the Chocolate Box?

Our Chocolate Box outlines the six key steps that we believe are necessary to bring about the end of child trafficking in the cocoa industry. The six steps are repesented as six individual chocolates.

Illustration showing all six chocolates in our chocolate box rating system

They are the six actions that we believe all chocolate companies need to take, we have focused on the global top 5. Three steps are focused on certification and three on programmes.

Certification

Chocolate - Public deadline for certification

Public deadline for certification

A public deadline to certify their entire range of cocoa
Chocolate - Product certified

Product certified

At least one product or range certified
Chocolate - 100% certified

100% certified

100% of their chocolate range certified

For this purpose we define certification as a standard which includes third party, independent verification of compliance, labour standards including child labour monitoring and remediation policies in place, public reporting of impact assessment of scheme and clear point-of-purchase on-product labelling to inform consumers.

Programmes

Chocolate - Report on money spent

Report on money spent

Annual reporting on money spent to redress child trafficking including clear communication on non-economic impacts
Chocolate - Ensure a living income

Ensure a living income

Clear action taken to ensure that farmers and dependents receive a sufficient and fair income for cocoa
Chocolate - Impact assessment

Impact assessment

Public assessment of programme impacts by independent third party auditors

 

Progress to date

We’ve ranked the five biggest global chocolate companies against our chocolate box criteria to show the power of consumer campaigns to date. Each company has been ranked against the six steps.

Certification deadline

Product certified

100% certified

Mars chocolate box - 2/6

Spending report

Ensure a living income

Impact assessment

Mars has pledged to certify 100% of its cocoa as sustainably produced by 2020. In 2015 it sourced 40% of its cocoa from certified sources, a large increase from its level of 10% in 2011. Mars has committed $300 million to sustainable cocoa initiatives by 2021. Several Mars products are 100% certified, including Maltesers and Galaxy Chocolate.

Find out more: Cocoa Sustainability at Mars

Certification deadline

Product certified

100% certified

Hershey's chocolate box - 2/6

Spending report

Ensure living income

Impact assessment

The Hershey Company has pledged to certify 100% of its cocoa as sustainably produced by 2020. In 2016 it reported 50% of its cocoa beans as certified, with several brands fully certified. Hershey provide donation figures online with USAID and combat illegal child labour through the World Cocoa Foundation.

Find out more: Cocoa Sustainability at Hershey

Certification deadline

Product certified

100% certified

Nestle chocolate box - 4/6

Spending report

Ensure living income

Impact assessment

Since 2015, 100% of Nestlé products in the UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have been made with 100% certified cocoa beans. They have been assessed by third party Impact Assessment.

Find out more: Nestlé Cocoa Plan

Certification deadline

Product certified

100% certified

Mondelex chocolate box - 1/6

Spending report

Ensure living income

Impact assessment

21% of cocoa used in Mondelez products is sustainability sourced through the Cocoa Life initiative, they have made no commitment to reach 100%, although some products are certified including Cadburys Dairy Milk. They have committed $400m of funding to sustainable cocoa initiatives up to 2022.

Find out more: Mondelez International Well-being

Certification deadline

Product certified

100% certified

Ferrero chocolate box - 1/6

Spending report

Ensure living income

Impact assessment

In 2014 Ferrero publicly pledged to use 100% sustainable cocoa by 2020, with the intention to double its procurement of sustainable cocoa to 40,000 metric tonnes over the next three years (from 2016). They have also set a date of 2020 to guarantee there is no child slavery in their supply chain.

Find out more: Ferrero Corporate Social Responsibility

Disclaimer - Information last checked January 2017

Illustrations © 2017 Rachel Zhan

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