Sustainable cocoa sourcing

As part of General Mills’ goal to sustainably source 100 percent of our 10 priority ingredients, we are committed to sourcing 100 percent of our cocoa volumes sustainably by the close of 2020.

In 2020 we met our goal to sustainably source 100 percent of our cocoa and chocolate. We have also continued to  expand our work with key suppliers and NGO partners to provide direct support to cocoa-growing communities in West Africa, where 90 percent of the cocoa we purchase is grown.

Supplier collaboration has been key to our progress, where we work to advance sustainability, address systemic challenges and enforce our Supplier Code of Conduct, which prohibits forced and child labor. In addition, we are a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), which works with the food industry to address social and environmental issues in the cocoa supply chain.

Since signing on to WCF’s Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI) aimed at ending deforestation and promoting forest restoration and protection in key cocoa growing regions in March 2017, we have worked closely with suppliers, NGOs and Proforest to identify strategic actions to:

  • protect and restore forests;
  • increase sustainable production; and
  • promote social and community engagement. 

Read a more detailed description of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative and our approach, in this PDF. As part of our CFI commitment, we’ve embarked on a targeted West Africa forest protection and restoration initiative that with funding support from General Mills will drive progress toward our 2030 GHG emissions reduction goal. 

We collaborate closely with suppliers and NGO partners to aggregate information to update General Mills action plans and impact tracking tables with investment forecasted  through 2022 for both Cote d’Ivoire (Excel) and Ghana (Excel). Annual progress report narratives have been updated for Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana.

“As we look beyond 2020, we will further strengthen our collaborative approach, partnerships and commitments to help address root causes of deforestation, and both protect and restore forests that are critical to all of life,” said Mary Jane Melendez, Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer and President of the General Mills Foundation.