Why UTZ Certified?
Nestlé’s vision has been to help cocoa farmers run profitable farms, respect the environment and enjoy a good quality of life; and for their children to benefit from an education and see cocoa farming as a respectable profession.
This is a vision we share with UTZ Certified, one of the largest sustainability programs for cocoa, and a highly credible not-for-profit organisation which shares our long term commitment to improving conditions for cocoa farmers, while understanding the realities and challenges we face on the ground.
Nestlé Action Plan on Women in the Cocoa Supply Chain
Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Brands’ survey in February ranked companies according to their policies in seven areas: transparency, farmers, women, agricultural workers, access to land, water and climate change.
Nestlé received the highest score in this survey, however Oxfam suggested one of the areas in which we needed to improve was protecting and promoting women’s rights. In response we launched an Action Plan later in the year setting out a plan to promote and support the lives of women in the cocoa supply chain. We have asked the Fair Labour Association (FLA) to put an additional focus on gender issues when conducting its independent assessments of our cocoa supply chain in Cote d’Ivoire.
Eventually the Action Plan will be extended to Ghana, Indonesia, and Ecuador and other countries that are part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan. We will continue to work with all our partners including the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and other stakeholders to make gender issues a mainstream part of existing programs across the cocoa sector.