Biodiversity and Ecosystems
When it comes to preserving biodiversity and ecosystems, we focus on stopping deforestation in cocoa growing areas. To address this challenge, we developed and published a No-Deforestation and Agroforestry Action Plan for all countries of origin. Promoting biodiversity (using ecologically sound cultivation methods) and cocoa diversity are key elements.
Building on our existing efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions in our production processes, we aim to reduce our total emissions footprint across our global operations and value chain in line with climate science. This is an important contribution to curb climate change, which we recognize as a threat to our environment.
Water and Waste
We consider water to be a valuable resource. Waste of raw materials, food, or packaging can have significant environmental impacts and cost. We are continuously reducing our municipal water consumption and aim to develop an integrated water management roadmap. By constantly optimizing our processes, we are reducing our material waste during production.
We continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and improve recyclability or reusability.
To better understand our climate impact, we partnered with third-party experts and employees across functions and subsidiaries to develop our first complete carbon footprint in line with the GHG Protocol corporate standard. This carbon footprint covers our Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions for the year 2020 and was externally assured by an independent assurance practitioner. The Methodology document can be found here.