Established in 2009, the Nestlé Cocoa Plan helps improve the lives of cocoa farmers who are within our supply chain. This plan operates under 3 pillars aiming to create Better Farming, Better Lives, Better Cocoa.
Currently, we work closely with over 40,000 farmers who supply quality cocoa which will be used in our manufacturing processes. These farmers who are part of a cooperative body under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan undergo training at farmer schools, which impart good agricultural and environmental practices as well as practical training in the fields.
At these farming schools, the farmers learn how the correct cultivation of cocoa trees will produce higher quality yields, allowing them to sustain their livelihoods.
Education plays an important role for communities to thrive and prosper. By providing education for children and adults alike, we will be able to eradicate poverty within the cocoa planting communities in the Ivory Coast.
Since the Nestlé Cocoa Plan was introduced, we have built and refurbished 40 schools which reaches out to over 11,000 children of cocoa farmers within our supply chain. Apart from academics, children who are enrolled into these schools receive education which extends beyond the classroom. Here they learn about the benefits of good sanitisation, the importance of safety and also acquire some hands-on training outside the classroom as part of their curriculum.
Nestlé is committed in ensuring that the cocoa we source are produced sustainably on farms with safe working conditions. We work together with our independent partners such as UTZ and the Fairtrade Foundation who provide guidance on building a more sustainable future for our business and the stakeholders within our supply chain.
With the best practices learnt in farming school, these farmers are able to harvest the best quality cocoa to be used to produce Nestlé’s range of chocolates. Globally, we have pledged to use only 100% sustainable and certified cocoa in our confectionery products for example, KITKAT.