Sustainable cocoa

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


Delve into the details and read stories from the farmers and communities we work with in our Cocoa Compass Impact Report for 2020/21, or read our ‘at a glance’ for the highlights.

Building on two decades, 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.

In 2020, we achieved important milestones which mean 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 and providing sustainably sourced cocoa. Our latest impact report explains how we’re continuing to make progress towards those goals in collaboration with customers and partners.


Find out more about our sustainable cocoa journey in our previous impact reports here.

We’re working to eliminate child labor from our cocoa supply chain and make sure all children of cocoa farmers in our supply chain have access to education by 2030. Find out how.

Cocoa & Forests Initiative

As a founding signatory of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), we‘re working with the World Cocoa Foundation, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and 35 other cocoa and chocolate companies to address deforestation and restore forest areas. Read our reports to find out more about the progress we’ve made in our supply chain.

Sustainable Cocoa Suppliers 2022

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 that help us deliver sustainably sourced cocoa.
Côte d'Ivoire
Papua New Guinea

Cocoa Compass Stories

olam food ingredients turns cocoa shells into power to fuel factory

Jul 3, 2023

Two circular biomass boilers have entered operation at olam food ingredients’ (ofi’s) cocoa processing factories in the Netherlands and Germany, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


The boilers use cocoa shells, a by-product of the production process, as fuel to generate steam, which in turn powers the crafting of cocoa ingredients from ofi’s premium brand, deZaan, at its factories in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands, and in Mannheim, Germany – where it believes it will be the first cocoa shell boiler of its kind in the country.

Deforestation: what I’ve learned from 30 years of working in cocoa-growing landscapes in West Africa

Jun 21, 2023

By Léonie Bonnehin-Verrier, Head of Cocoa Agroforestry for West Africa, ofi


Six years ago, major cocoa and chocolate companies, including ofi, came together with the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and the World Cocoa Foundation with the shared goal of eliminating deforestation and restoring degraded forests. The Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) was born to help drive collective action and investment, from improving traceability to addressing deforestation risks to new government policies, building on existing company efforts to address some root causes.

My mission to help more children in Ghana access education

Jun 9, 2023

This UN World Day Against Child Labor, we hear from Daniel Dotse, Co-founder & CEO of Lead For Ghana (LFG) and Group CEO of Lead For Africa. He tells the story of how he created an NGO that works with partners like ofi, Mars, Touton, and ECOM, to create better educational opportunities for children in Ghana and tackle child labor in the process.

USAID, ofi, The Hershey Company and Rikolto launch new partnership

Jun 7, 2023

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a new project to promote sustainable cocoa and coffee production in Indonesia with The Hershey Company, Rikolto, the Indonesian government, and PT. Olam Indonesia - part of olam food ingredients (ofi) - a global leader in food and beverage ingredients.

Safeguarding coffee and cocoa from the climate crisis

May 5, 2023

Imagine waking up to a world without your morning cup of coffee or being able to enjoy your favorite chocolate. Unthinkable, right? But climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers who grow these everyday ingredients.

Women in Ghana lead prosperous cocoa farming

Mar 8, 2023

International Women's Day is a moment to celebrate the progress toward achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. But it's also a chance to reflect and consider what still needs to be done to help achieve gender parity worldwide.

How to build a robust human rights system

Feb 28, 2023

As a human rights specialist at the Rainforest Alliance, I have learned that creating an environment where farming communities feel supported to speak up about abuses—without the threat of punishment—is more likely to result in cases of child labor being reported. And when that happens, the private and public sectors can work side-by-side with rural communities to not only mitigate abuses as they are uncovered but also take action to prevent them from happening in the first place.

ofi wins Sustainability Innovation Award at Food Ingredients Europe

Dec 20, 2022

Cocoa Compass, ofi’s ambition to make the future of cocoa more sustainable, has won the Sustainability Innovation Award at this year’s Food Ingredients Innovation Awards in Paris.

Keeping the 1.5 degrees ambition alive through collective action

Nov 15, 2022

Gerry Manley, CEO of ofi cocoa and Chief Sustainability Officer of ofi


At last year’s COP26 climate summit, promises were made by governments and companies to go further and faster to tackle climate change. Now, as we reach the midpoint of COP27, the focus is on how to turn commitment into action and keep the 1.5 degrees climate ambition alive.

ofi drives climate action in global cocoa supply chain

Sep 27, 2022

ofi (olam food ingredients), a global leader in naturally good food and beverage ingredients, says it substantially advanced towards the climate goals stated in its Cocoa Compass sustainability report 2020/21 – the year of COP26. In order to achieve the structural change required to have an impact at scale, the report makes clear that work on the ground in cocoa communities should be supported by international collaboration and regulation.

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