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Olam Cocoa claims 100% traceability in its direct supply chain

As part of a commitment started five years ago, Olam Cocoa says it can now track approximately 12% of the world’s cocoa beans back to an individual farm or community.

This breakthrough is the first significant milestone for Cocoa Compass, Olam Cocoa’s sustainability ambition for the future of cocoa. In a progress update, the company confirmed it is on track to meet its targets.

These include a commitment to achieving 100% deforestation and child labour monitoring across all managed sustainability programmes worldwide in its direct supply chain by the end of 2020.

Cocoa traceability

Gerard A Manley, CEO, Olam Cocoa, said: “Cocoa traceability has been a significant challenge for the industry due to the fragmented farming systems and lack of infrastructure in many cocoa growing areas. To deliver on our commitments, we require an unprecedented level of granular data and on the ground expertise to effectively monitor our supply chain and act on issues such as child labour and deforestation.”

To achieve 100% traceability, Olam Cocoa has developed an end-to-end traceability system that tracks the cocoa at every stage in the direct supply chain across nine countries: Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea and Uganda.

By collecting data, such as farm and community metrics, cocoa bean purchasing and transportation information, and details on the facility where the cocoa was processed, it can provide unprecedented transparency for customers and allow sustainability programmes targeted at tackling child labour and deforestation to be tailored to the specific needs of farmers and cocoa-growing communities.

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