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Sustainable cocoa: partnership between Barry Callebaut and Deloitte

To support the professional growth of farmers in Indonesia

Barry Callebaut, a manufacturer of high quality chocolate and cocoa products and Deloitte, a professional services provider, have jointly announced a multi-year strategic partnership to provide education and skills development programs to more than 30,000 cocoa farmers in Sulawesi and Sumatra. This collaboration will see Barry Callebaut and Deloitte Indonesia join their efforts through their respective sustainability initiatives Forever Chocolate and WorldClass.

Indonesia is the sixth largest cocoa producer in the world with around 220,000 tons per year, most of which comes from Sulawesi. The cocoa plantations in Indonesia belong to small producers. As part of this new collaboration, cocoa farmers, around 20% of whom are women, will have access to courses on financial and entrepreneurship skills, which will help them find ways to professionalize their small business and improve their means of subsistence.

Together, the two companies will also introduce the Deloitte Grow program, which focuses on creating better opportunities for young people. Deloitte will also collaborate with Generation Peace, an Indonesian advocacy group, to provide soft skills and work on forming critical thinking towards the teachers received. The intent is to prepare the next generation to embrace industry 4.0.

Low productivity on small cocoa farms due to poor farming practices, nutrient-depleted soils, and aging cocoa trees continue to keep cocoa farmers and their families in a state of poverty. To address these challenges, Barry Callebaut launched Forever Chocolate in 2016, his plan to make chocolate sustainable by 2025. One goal of the project is to have more than 500,000 cocoa farmers out of poverty by 2025.

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