Cocoa

Cocoa beans

Although General Mills does not buy cocoa directly from farmers – we source products such as chocolate from ingredient suppliers.

 Cocoa is one of the priority commodities we are addressing in our sustainable sourcing model.

Cocoa farming is an intensive process, and there are labor issues within the cocoa supply chain.

General Mills’ Supplier Code of Conduct prohibits the use of forced labor and child labor in the making of our ingredients and products.

It is our view that a greater share of the benefit of more socially and economically sustainable cocoa production practices should accrue to the people who produce the crop.

Sustainable methods and improved production practices are key tools for helping raise living standards for cocoa growers.

We are exploring opportunities to help generate better sources of cocoa, improve sustainability, and foster greater economic vitality for cocoa growing communities and individual farmers.

General Mills is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). WCF builds partnerships with cocoa farmers, origin governments and environmental organizations; supports and applies research that improves crop yield and quality; and supports training and education for cocoa farming families.

 

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