Responsibility

Cocoa

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General Mills partners with our cocoa suppliers to help improve economic, environmental and social sustainability of cocoa production.

We also invest in philanthropic programs led by the global humanitarian organization, CARE, in West Africa cocoa-growing communities.

Ensuring smallholder farmers earn enough from growing cocoa to feed their families is a major challenge to securing the world’s long-term cocoa supply.

We have expanded our work with key suppliers to provide direct support to cocoa-growing communities in West Africa.  For example:

  • In Ghana, we are working with cocoa supplier Cargill and CARE in 20 communities to form village coops, provide technical assistance and ensure educational support. The goal is to help improve the lives of 2,000 smallholder farmers and the quality and sustainability of the cocoa they grow.
  • In Côte d’Ivoire, we partner with cocoa supplier Barry Callebaut and Cargill to help smallholder farmers grow cocoa more sustainably, increase yields and improve their livelihoods.

In Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, 19,600 cocoa farmers have currently been trained in good agronomic practices through programs supported by General Mills.

Collaboration

Cocoa farming is an intensive process. General Mills recognizes that there are systemic labor issues in the cocoa supply chain. We understand that it will take industrywide collaboration to change these practices.

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

In addition, General Mills is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), which encourages socially, economically and environmentally responsible and sustainable cocoa farming, reaching more than 540,000 cocoa farmers in Africa, Asia and the Americas.

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