Grow a Smarter Future for Cocoa

Cocoa is a key ingredient in countless products globally and demand continues to grow. As more consumers seek goods that positively impact both people and the planet, it is vital that the cocoa industry operates sustainably.

At ECOM, our ambition is to grow a smarter future for cocoa by enabling our customers to make sustainable cocoa the norm. We want to take farmers out of poverty and normalise climate-smart growing practices that support the resilience of crops and the people who grow and harvest them.

While we take a group-wide approach to ethical and environmental trading, we are working towards cocoa-specific targets on:

  • Creating sustainable livelihoods and respecting human rights.
  • Protecting nature and climate.
  • Ensuring transparency and responsibility in supply chains.

Recognising our impact beyond cocoa, in 2021, we joined the Science Based Targets initiative and committed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across our entire value chain by 2050.

This will be challenging work, but by using our long-standing experience of sustainable supply chain management as a guide, we are making changes every day that will have meaningful impact for our shared future.

ENABLING INDUSTRY INITIATIVES

ECOM was an early adopter of innovative practices now used by the entire cocoa industry. Our heritage in cocoa and breadth of experience have helped create benchmarks for sustainable cocoa and made us trusted partners to customers on their own programmes.

We are also proud to partner with others across the industry to drive ambitious sustainability projects to scale. This includes the Andean Cacao initiative between Mars Wrigley and 12Tree. Andean Cacao is a climate-smart project aimed at scaling sustainable farming by changing how cocoa is grown. The venture will seek to pioneer modern agriculture practices that regenerate soil, lock in carbon and positively impact communities.

Tackling rural poverty at farm level
Sawadogo Rasmane is a cocoa farmer in the Nawa Region in the south-west of Ivory Coast. After saving, he bought a plot of just over 3 hectares to establish his own cocoa business. However, he struggled with stagnant yields of approximately 700 kg annually. In 2016, Sawadogo joined the certified cocoa programme with ECOM, where he had access to support and on-farm coaching to adapt his farming methods. Since joining the programme, his yields have increased and he now regularly harvests over 1,100 kg of cocoa annually.

“With ECOM’s farm-based training programmes, the access to agro-inputs and general support has really contributed to the improvement of the yield over time. Through this support, I have been able to reach 1,208 kg of cocoa per hectare of cocoa in 2020 by applying the right farming and maintenance practices. Additionally, thanks to all the training and learning from Farmer Business School (FBS), I was able to gain the financial skills and expertise that I needed to diversify my sources of income. I managed to open a shop where I sell multiple items for bicycles and motorbikes, as well as being an access point for mobile money transaction services.”

Get in touch to find out more: sustainability@ecomtrading.com

Collective Action to End Cocoa Related Deforestation