FDF Awards 2014 - Environmental Leadership
Mondelez International – Cocoa Life
'Cocoa Life' puts cocoa communities at its heart, aiming to improve the
livelihoods and living conditions of more than 200,000 cocoa farmers and about
million people in cocoa farming communities. Announced in 2012 it is a 10 year
investment of $400 million.
The programme aims to inspire a new generation of cocoa famers and is based on
three principles: it is farmer centred, it is empowered by partnership and it
aligned with company sourcing. A sustainable cocoa supply begins with thriving
farming communities, and more efficient farming leads to farmers' financial
security. Community empowerment is an integral component of a long term
productivity programme. Better farming practices will only take root if
communities are attractive places to live.
A sustainable supply of cocoa beans is essential to the future of the Mondelez
business and consumers are ever more interested in their foods being produced
a sustainable way. This approach will help engage consumers and establish
Mondelez as a company that is committed to affecting change in the cocoa
By creating partnerships with communities, governments, national and
international non-government organisations and supply chain partners, Cocoa
communities are supported in finding real solutions that lead to measurable
and action plans.
Action Plans are built by the community, they are never imposed. But Mondelez
help shape the plans and offer different types of support to bring them to
- Setting up women's groups where female leaders can share their experience and
provide training in cocoa farming, food security and health and hygiene
- Improving the physical infrastructure in the community: roads, electricity
routes, water wells
- Introducing healthcare provisions and education on important topics
Cocoa Life is a ten-year commitment to invest in developing cocoa origins to
achieve measurable, verified outcomes. The commitment will sustain the program
its intended timespan and is a demonstration that Mondelez are serious about
making a real difference.