News | Sustainable cocoa for FerreroThe 2020 target was revealed in the company’s Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) last year, but it has now announced short-term goals towards meeting its aim. Ferrero said it took the decision “in the light of the need for transparency in the cocoa sector”.
A Ferrero spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, no one can today guarantee ‘no child labour’, but verification will aim to ensure, among other issues, that trafficking, the worst forms of child labour and forced adult labour, will be eradicated from the plantations that Ferrero source its cocoa from.” The spokesperson said sourcing the quantity and the quality needed and potential political instability in producing countries would be big challenges. The company plans to set out a more detailed roadmap in its third CSR, due mid-2012 and will communicate progress in its CSRs annually.
Ferrero’s move comes just a few weeks after The European Parliament gave its consent to the 2010 International Cocoa Agreement and passed a resolution on child labour in the cocoa sector. The resolution calls on all stakeholders, including chocolate manufacturers, to live up to their responsibilities in combating forced child labour and collaborate towards a sustainable cocoa supply chain free from child labour.