Responsible Production

As an industry, we fully understand that our future depends on the ability of our members, farmers and their communities to manage the use of raw materials in ways that safeguard our planet. That is why responsible production is so important to what we do.

In practice, this means focusing on those areas where we can make the greatest impact, whether this relates to promoting sustainable agriculture, preventing deforestation and the sourcing of raw materials and helping empower farmers and their communities to become more productive and climate smart.

There are a myriad of different initiatives that are undertaken by our members include:

  • Encouraging planting of native shade trees and GPS mapping of farms.
  • Using precision technology to optimise water use and limit fertiliser and pesticide use.
  • Farmers taught how to better manage their farms through, for example, leveraging skills such as grafting, new planting, pruning and weeding.
  • Building knowledge and professionalising family-owned businesses and farmer organisations.

Our members continually work towards reducing the environmental footprint of their operations and are engaged in driving further improvements in the sustainability of production processes and operations.

  • Reducing CO2 emissions from our: factories, offices, storage facilities and transport.
  • Reducing waste: application of eco-design policies; making packaging 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
  • Eliminating unsustainable water use / improving water efficiency.
Precision

Precision technology

Using precision technology to optimise water use and limit fertiliser and pesticide use
Emissions

Reducing emissions

Reducing CO2 emissions from our: factories, offices, storage facilities and transport
Recycle

Reducing waste

Reducing waste: application of eco-design policies; making packaging 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable
Water

Improving water efficiency

Eliminating unsustainable water use / improving water efficiency

Our members are committed to an ethical and sustainable supply chain and making a dedicated and active contribution towards this. As CAOBISCO, we also recognise the importance of diversity, human rights and the inclusion of people of different working generations and cultures.

  • Supporting women with: training, income diversification and community leadership opportunities.
  • Creating educational opportunities (including buildings, materials and school fees) for agricultural workers and families.
  • Providing labour and human rights training, monitoring and reporting across our supply chains.
  • Partnering with farmer associations, NGOs, international organisations (ILO) and government ministries.
Women

Supporting women

Supporting women with: training, income diversification and community leadership opportunities
Education

Educational opportunities

Creating educational opportunities (including buildings, materials and school fees) for agricultural workers and families

Top cocoa producing countries in the world

The chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe are a major employer, and work with hundreds of partners, thousands of suppliers and farmers around the world, helping create thriving and resilient communities, at the same time as contributing to Europe’s economic growth.

world-map3 Indonesia5 Cameroon6 Brazil7 Ecuador8 Mexico10 Dominican Republic9 Peru4 Nigeria2 Ghana1 Côte dIvoireTop cocoa producing countries in the world:

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Mindful Enjoyment and Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy lifestyles and balanced diets are the basis of wellbeing. Our industry takes its part in active measures to fight obesity and malnutrition, and to ensure consumers make informed choices when enjoying our high-quality products.

We have evolved our communications to empower consumers to snack mindfully, as part of a varied diet.

  • Providing nutritional information that is clear, simple and fact-based on packs and marketing materials
  • Helping people adopt a balanced approach to treats and better treating behaviour

We promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Bringing nutrition education, active play, sports and fresh foods to children and families
  • Globally, health and wellbeing benefits play a role in almost half of all snacking occasions (50% in France, 45% in Germany, 46% in the UK)
  • An online survey showed a significantly positive relationship between overall mindful eating and mental wellbeing
Nutrition

Nutritional information

Providing nutritional information that is clear, simple and fact-based on packs and marketing materials
Balance

Balanced approach

Helping people adopt a balanced approach to treats and better treating behaviour
Globe

Health and wellbeing benefits

Globally, health and wellbeing benefits play a role in almost half of all snacking occasions (50% in France, 45% in Germany, 46% in the UK)

In communicating about their products, our members go beyond the legal requirements. Some of our members’ voluntary activities include among other things nutrition labelling, and responsible advertising and marketing practices towards our consumers.

Consumer preferences are evolving. Our members are continually investing and innovating to adapt and improve the nutritional content of new and existing products, without compromising on taste or quality. They provide consumers with greater choices and a wide range of products of different sizes and formats, which fit into their individual diets and suit a wide variety of occasions.

  • Increasing use of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
  • Products of different sizes and formats
Wheat

Nutritional claims

(e.g. rich in fibre, wholegrain)
Free from

What products don’t contain

(e.g. preservatives, no colour additives or GMOs)
Diet

Healthy lifestyle

Daily intake, and how to pursue a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet

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