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Ferrero’s Engagement on Cocoa Supply Chain


Aldo Cristiano

Aldo Cristiano, Director of Global Procurement Raw Materials and Head of Sustainability, Ferrero

To safeguard the future of the cocoa sector, Ferrero is committed to supporting and improving cocoa farming sustainability through the implementation of the Ferrero Farming Values Cocoa Programme.

The programme’s approach is based on three key pillars: Certification, Institutional Engagement and Project Partnerships. One of Ferrero’s key commitments towards building a sustainable agricultural supply chain is to source 100 per cent certified cocoa beans by the end of 2020.

Ferrero has launched a project providing protection and education to children who are at risk of child labour in the Ivory Coast

To help achieve the 2020 sourcing goal, Ferrero collaborates with non-profit and farmer organizations to address agricultural, social, environmental and business issues in cocoa farming. Ferrero also supports ongoing local projects to ensure sustainable cocoa production, whilst improving cocoa farmers’ living conditions and the well-being of their communities. Following are some examples of these on-the-ground projects.

Ferrero has a ‘zero tolerance approach’ towards child labour and is committed to protecting children’s rights all along its supply chain, as stated in its Code of Business Conduct. The common interest in children’s rights led Ferrero to a launch of a successful partnership with Save the Children.

The project started in July 2016 and aims at providing protection and education to children who are at risk of child labour on the Ivorian cocoa farms, where 1.2 million children are still forced to work in hazardous conditions, sometimes pushed to leave school or not even allowed to have access to education.

High Level Meeting on Cocoa and Forests at Spencer House with Senior executives from the cocoa sector, hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales on March 17th 2017

Thanks to the vast experience of Save the Children, Ferrero’s strong commitment and the constant cooperation of the Local Authorities (Ministry of Family, Woman and Child, Ministry of Education), it was possible to develop the project in three main directions:

–  Engagement of local communities and institutions to increase awareness

–  Child protection activities in case of exploitation, abuse and violence

–  Basic education promotion to avoid child labour

With the conviction that to fight child labour, only a holistic approach that brings together community development and child protection can be successful, this project aims to be a sustainable development engine for these communities. The target is to reach 500 children, more than 7,500 members of 10 Communities  in the Department of Soubre and 100 representatives of local institutions.

“Ferrero believes that global challenges such as deforestation need collective commitments”

On the environmental side, Ferrero, together with other eleven world’s leading cocoa and chocolate companies, signed a statement of collective intent committing to working together so as to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Ferrero believes that global challenges such as deforestation need collective commitments. Beginning in September 2014, Ferrero signed the New York Declaration on Forests during the Climate Summit. On 17 March 2017, through this statement of collective intent to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, Ferrero is adding another milestone to its commitment to end deforestation in its key supply chains.


Sustainable cocoa production

The agreement, concluded during a meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and organized by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), IDH- the Sustainable Trade Initiative and The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), is the first of its kind covering the global cocoa supply chain. It aims to develop an actionable suite of measures to end deforestation and forest degradation, including greater investments in more sustainable forms of landscape management; more active efforts in partnership with others to protect and restore forests in the cocoa landscape; and significant investments in programmes to improve cocoa productivity for smallholder farmers working in the cocoa supply chain. Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are the world’s leading producers of cocoa, and many observers point to cocoa farming as a driving force behind rapid rates of deforestation in both countries.

About the Author

Aldo Cristiano is the Director of Global Procurement Raw Materials and Head of Sustainability at Ferrero. He has been working the Confectionary Business for almost 20 years, covering many areas of the supply chain and taking part in sector-wide initiatives.
From 2003 to 2015 Mr Cristiano chaired the Cocoa Committee and the CSR & Sustainability Committee of Caobisco (European Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industry). He also served as a Board Member of the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), from 2007 to 2016.

Since 2007 he has been a Member of the Consultative Board at the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO), and since 2012 a Member of the Board of Directors at the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). Mr Cristiano is also the Chairman of the Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC).