Certified, Sustainable Ingredients from Around the World
How we select and source our ingredients can be a catalyst for change in creating a healthy food system. For us, this means continuing to source a greater quantity of food that’s organic and certified sustainable. Organic and sustainably grown ingredients are the link between people’s well-being and a healthy planet. For that reason, we’re working with our suppliers and third party certifiers to source cocoa and palm kernel oil that meets our environmental and socially responsible standards.
Sustainable Cocoa Sourcing
Today, 100 percent of the cocoa ingredients we use in our food is organic or Rainforest Alliance Certified™, and sourced from farms in the Cote D’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Peru & Tanzania*. We chose the Rainforest Alliance certification because its comprehensive social and environmental commitments closely match our Company’s business model.
The Rainforest Alliance supports a healthy environment and promotes the well-being of workers and their communities. Certified farms help conserve soil and water, prevent deforestation, and minimize use of pesticides and agrochemicals. Farmworkers benefit from safe working conditions, dignified housing, medical care and access to schools for their children. The certification strictly prohibits child labor.
Rainforest Alliance Certified farms are helping to improve farmers’ livelihoods. A third party study commissioned by the Rainforest Alliance found certified farms in Cote D’Ivoire increased net income by 291 percent and yields increased by 58 percent.
Since 2011 we’ve also been members of the World Cocoa Foundation, an organization that promotes sustainable cocoa economies through economic and social development and environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities. While we play a relatively small part in the global cocoa market, we believe partnerships with organizations like the Rainforest Alliance and the World Cocoa Foundation can have a lasting positive impact on farmers, communities and the environment.
Sustainable Palm Kernel Oil Sourcing
The adoption of Rainforest Alliance certification is a way to help address the environmental and social problems posed by the expansion of palm oil plantations – including deforestation, displacement of indigenous peoples and competition between large agribusinesses. By working to promote the sustainable production and manufacturing of palm oil and palm kernel oil, the Rainforest Alliance is helping to mitigate the social and environmental impacts of a growing industry.
Currently, 100 percent of our USDA-certified organic palm kernel oil is from South America and Rainforest Alliance certified.
We also source conventionally-grown palm kernel oil from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. We are currently transitioning our conventional palm kernel oil with the goal of sourcing 100 percent of our total palm kernel oil from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
*As of Q1 2014