Mars calls for more shared responsibility in cocoa sector as it publishes new human rights report
“ Respecting Human Rights in the Cocoa Supply Chain ” includes updates on the company’s progress towards the goal of 100% of its cocoa coming from its Responsible Cocoa program by 2025, and it “ contextualizes also Mars Wrigley’s human rights goals in the cocoa sector. ”
Cocoa for generations
This year has been declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor. Mars Wrigley said he has committed $ 1 billion to his Cocoa for Generations strategy, which focuses on protecting children, preserving forests and improving farmers’ incomes.
Mars Wrigley launched his Child Protection Action Plan 2020 to tackle the root causes of this challenge head-on. Progress, learnings and knowledge against the four point approach to identify, prevent and mitigate human rights risks with a focus on child labor and forced labor in its chain of ‘extensive supply of cocoa are included in its latest report.
Notable advances include:
- Extend the coverage of child labor monitoring and remediation systems to nearly 70% (up from 51% in 2019) of volumes from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, through 58,000 households.
- By defending the Living Income Differential (LID), Mars Wrigley was the first chocolate company to support LID fees enacted by the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. He constantly bought his cocoa with LID to support cocoa farmers and called on others to do the same.
- Empower women socially and economically by doubling the number of members of the Village Savings and Loan Association program in 2020, reaching over 24,000 members, plus a $ 10 million commitment to CARE to reach over 60,000 by 2025; and with new research with the KIT Royal Tropical Institute on gender, including a unique empathy study based on the voices of women and girls in cocoa growing communities and their perspectives on actions to address inequalities gender and disempowerment.
- Promote quality education and early childhood development and nutrition with an investment of $ 3.3 million to support the creation by the Jacobs Foundation of two new public-private funding facilities for education.
Andrew Clarke, global president of Mars Wrigley, said he sees this cocoa human rights report as an essential tool to open more dialogue, refine focus and invoke a collective effort to transform the cocoa chain. supply of cocoa.
“Publishing our experience – sharing what we believe works and what doesn’t – is key to tackling the realities of the cocoa supply chain. Although we are proud of our individual efforts, sustainable cocoa cultivation cannot exist when farmers’ rights are not respected and when they are not compensated fairly for their work across the sector..
“To achieve a meaningful impact that enables cocoa farmers to thrive, public-private partnerships coupled with appropriate due diligence legislation, where applicable, will be essential. Together, these catalysts can help improve farmers’ incomes and advance respect for human rights in cocoa-growing communities.“
- Mars Wrigley’s full progress report, Respecting Human Rights in the Cocoa Supply Chain, can be viewed here.