Certified, Sustainably Grown Cocoa
In 2011, we began collaborating with the Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization, to source 100 percent of the cocoa ingredients in CLIF® Bar energy bars, our flagship product, from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. We choose to uphold Rainforest Alliance Certification because of its comprehensive social and environmental commitments, which closely matches with our 5 Aspirations business model.
Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms support a healthy environment, promote the well-being of workers and their communities and employ productive, efficient farm methods. Farmworkers benefit from safe working conditions, enjoy dignified housing and medical care, and access to schools for their children. The certification strictly prohibits child labor. It also requires that farms meet 80 percent of nearly 100 social criteria, including guaranteeing a minimum wage or higher, as well as allowing workers the right to association.
We are also a member of World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an organization that supports independent cocoa farmers and their families. This is important because between 80-90 percent of all cocoa produced comes from small, family-sized farms where families live and harvest cocoa. WCF programs support education and community development and help farm families raise their incomes—contributing to a more sustainable supply of cocoa.
While we play a relatively small part in the global cocoa market, we believe these partnerships can have a large, positive, and lasting impact on farmers, communities and local ecosystems. Today, 100 percent of the cocoa ingredients in CLIF Bars are from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. CLIF Bars with chocolate now carry the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on the wrapper. But we’re not stopping with CLIF Bars alone. Our goal is for all of the cocoa we purchase and use be either organic or from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms by 2015. When that happens, you’ll see the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal on the wrappers of CLIF Builder’s® and LUNA® Protein, in addition to CLIF Bar. We’re happy to report that we’re well on our way to meeting this goal.
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