Sustainability in cocoa

Cocoa Compass is our ambition to make the future of cocoa more sustainable

Cocoa Compass - Towards the Future 

Building on a 16-year history of supporting farmers and cocoa growing communities around the world, we launched Cocoa Compass in October 2019. It sets challenging goals to tackle the key issues facing the cocoa supply chain by 2030, with milestones for action in 2020 and 2024. 

We have now achieved all our 2020 milestones which means we have 100% traceability and 100% deforestation monitoring in the direct supply chain, and child labor monitoring in our managed sustainability programs. All of which are essential for reaching our longer-term goals. You can delve into the details and read stories from the farmers and communities we work with in our Cocoa Compass Impact Report for 2019/2020. 


Sustainable Cocoa Suppliers 2021

Transparency and traceability are at the heart of our Cocoa Compass ambition. That’s why we have published the details of our direct, sustainable supplier network.

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Cocoa Compass - Towards the Future

Transparency and traceability are at the heart of this, which is why we have published the details of our direct sustainable supplier network across Africa, Asia and South America. Many of these are key partners in our on-the-ground sustainability programs and are helping us to support and protect the people and environments in our cocoa supply chain.


Aligned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, our Cocoa Compass goals are across the three pillars of

  • Focused on Farmers
  • Empowered to Grow, and
  • Investing in Nature.

Cocoa Compass Stories

Putting children first in cocoa

Most child labour in cocoa relates to children carrying out hazardous tasks on the family farm, distinct from the much rarer issue of forced labour, and has no one cause.

Our progress towards tackling deforestation in cocoa

Forests are vital to sustainable cocoa production. Not only do they help to improve biodiversity and mitigate against climate change, they also help to improve cocoa yields and raise farmer incomes. 

Create World’s Largest Sustainable Commercial Cocoa Farm

Mondelēz International, Inc. (Nasdaq: MDLZ), a global leader in snacking, and Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), a leading supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, have today announced a new collaboration in Indonesia to create the world’s single largest sustainable commercial cocoa farm.

Cocoa Compass targets for 100% child labour and deforestation monitoring

Olam Food Ingredients (ofi), a leading supplier of cocoa beans and cocoa ingredients, today announces it has established child labour monitoring across its managed sustainability programmes.

Olam Cocoa hits 100% traceability target across its direct global supply chain

Olam Cocoa, a leading supplier of cocoa beans and ingredients, today announces it has achieved 100% traceability of directly sourced cocoa across its global supply chain, a commitment first stated five years ago. 

Achieving 100% traceability across our direct global cocoa supply chain

We set out challenging goals that address the issues facing the sector, from supporting farmers to earn a living income, to putting children first by eliminating child labour and increasing access to education, to protecting forests and mitigating our environmental impact.

Disclosure of cooperative suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire

In October 2019 we launched Cocoa Compass, our sustainability ambition for the future of cocoa. With milestones for action in 2020 and 2024, it sets concrete goals for 2030 across our global, direct cocoa supply chain. These goals will help us achieve our vision of an environmentally positive, professionalised and quality focused cocoa supply chain comprising farmers earning a living income and whose children have access to education.

Educating children on COVID-19 prevention

Recently, children in the cocoa growing communities we work with in Côte d’Ivoire came together to celebrate the International Day of the African Child, which raises awareness of the challenges children face in Africa, with a focus on improving access to quality education.

Meet Augustin, he’s supporting cocoa farmers and their families

We’re committed to supporting not just the cocoa farmers we work with, but their families too. This World Day Against Child Labour, meet Augustin, our community development lead helping to roll out child labour monitoring and remediation across our cocoa supply chain, providing a vital step towards eliminating child labour and making sure all children in cocoa-growing communities have access to education.

Helping cocoa farming communities across Africa fight COVID-19

Olam Cocoa has announced a package of support to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) and important medical supplies to cocoa farming communities tackling COVID-19 across Central and West Africa. Farming cooperatives, hospitals and health centres will receive much-needed equipment including face masks, surgical gloves, hand sanitiser, thermometers and hands-free washing stations.

Working together to put children first in Côte d’Ivoire

Despite significant progress, child labour still occurs in the cocoa supply chain, often as a result of social and economic challenges like migration, poverty or lack of infrastructure. If there is no school nearby or parents cannot afford school fees, children can be kept at home to work on family farms and support household incomes.

One intervention is not enough in the fight against child labour

Child labour in cocoa producing countries often stems from some really complex societal and economic challenges, from migration and poverty, to proximity to schools and community infrastructure. 

Empowering women is essential for having a positive impact on the future

Empowering women is essential for having a positive impact on the future of sustainable cocoa. It’s not an easy task as they often face a lot of barriers to reap the fruits of their labour.

Taking the pain out of pruning

It’s not news that most cocoa farmers in West Africa struggle to make a living income. And we know that this has a knock-on impact on things like deforestation as farmers are forced to encroach on forest land in search of fertile soil.

Olam Cocoa introduces the first professionalised child labour monitoring

Child labour monitoring and remediation is set to be rolled out across Cameroon in the first programme of its kind by a cocoa company.

Investing in Nature with the Cocoa Forest Project in Pará, Brazil

Deforestation has had a devastating impact on the Amazon and nowhere more so than in Pará, the state with the highest rate of deforestation in Brazil. Overall, 1.2 million hectares of forest have been lost there in last 5 years, mainly due to cattle ranching.

Olam Cocoa and Rainforest Alliance educate school children in Côte d'Ivoire

To mark the United Nations’ International Day of Education, Olam Cocoa has today announced plans to extend an innovative education programme that teaches school children from farming communities in Côte d'Ivoire about the devastating impact of climate change and deforestation.

How do we sustain a growing population without sacrificing our natural resources?

The world’s food needs are skyrocketing. By 2050, there will be another 2 billion mouths to feed, placing a huge strain on agribusiness globally.

Finance for the future: how cocoa farmers are saving to send their kids

Parents in the cocoa farming communities of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where over 65% of the world’s cocoa comes from, have the same concerns as parents around the world. Their preference is to have their children in school. 

Half a year on from Indonesia’s double disaster

Indonesia has become my second home since I moved to its capital, Palu, in 2007 to lead a team of more than thirty people who form the heart of Olam Cocoa’s two-decade long operation in the country.

How to keep more of the world's forests intact

Agriculture is one of the largest drivers of this deforestation and the role of cocoa farming in particular has become the focus of much public and private debate.

Olam Cocoa strengthens its commitment to end deforestation in global cocoa supply chain

The company today announced further commitments to end deforestation and forest degradation in its entire cocoa supply chain worldwide.

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