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Responsibly farmed cocoa

Cocoa is a precious commodity that passes through many hands and travels over several continents on its journey from the farm to the finished product. One topic is becoming increasingly important in this process: Sustainability in all its dimensions – the welfare of cocoa farmers and their families, the preservation of biodiversity, and the protection of forests and the climate.

The answer: cocoa commitment

With the cocoa commitment program, we are dedicated to developing and implementing solutions to the challenges of sustainability in cocoa farming.

The program builds on established standards such as Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, and supplements these with further measures such as the Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification system, training programs in sustainable agroforestry, the reforesting of farming areas and the protection of virgin forests. This is accompanied by improving the income and living situations of families, especially women, and the prevention of exploitative child labor.

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Our three pillars

cocoa commitment is the KRÜGER GROUP’s solution-oriented and fair trade sustainability program, which considers the entire cocoa supply chain: From the living conditions of farmers to eco-friendly farming methods and the end product. The complete journey from the cocoa tree to the products manufactured in Germany, such as cocoa powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, and chocolate, is vertically integrated with complete traceability.

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Unsere
drei Säulen

cocoa commitment ist ein lösungsorientiertes Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm, das die gesamte Kakao-Wertschöpfungskette betrachtet, von den Lebensbedingungen der Menschen über den umweltschonenden Anbau und dem Klimaschutz bis zum Endprodukt.

Für die
Umwelt

Stopp der Entwaldung für Anbauflächen, weniger Pestizide und Dünger. Mehr gesunde Natur, Biodiversität und
Klimaschutz.

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für die
produktivität

Förderung nachhaltiger und unternehmerischer Landwirtschaft: höhere Erträge für ein höheres Einkommen der Farmerinnen und Farmer.

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für die
gemeinschaft

Faire Erlöse für die Farmer, Verhinderung von Kinderarbeit, Förderung von Frauenrechten und Menschenrechten, bessere Lebensbedingungen.

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How cocoa commitment works

In order to tackle the challenges of sustainability, we are developing and implementing measures customized for the individual growing regions, as the situation in each area differs significantly. These improve the financial situation and living conditions on farms and in the village communities, while protecting nature and the climate at the same time.

Setting
standards

cocoa commitment builds on the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade cocoa certifications. However, we have gone one step further to develop additional standards on top of these. Ambitious, actionable, effective, verifiable and binding criteria and measures have been specially developed for cocoa commitment. The participating cocoa farms and cocoa cooperatives are required to comply with these.

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Supporting
cocoa farmers

Through training programs and individual coaching, we support and guide cocoa farmers as they gradually convert their farms to sustainable agricultural methods and thereby achieve higher socio-economic standards.

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Monitoring
success

Checklists are good, checks on-site are better. The farms, cooperatives, and local traders are thus monitored by experts at regular intervals. This also facilitates the people on-site to learn about management and monitoring techniques.

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Ensuring
traceability

A central element of the cocoa commitment sustainability program is the complete traceability of raw cocoa – from the farm to the production facilities in Germany.

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Better
together

All cocoa sustainability programs have the goal of making the world a better place. With our cocoa commitment program, we also want to make an important contribution to this.

 

cocoa commitment
for your (retail) brands

cocoa commitment is open to the entire food industry. Its special feature: The basis for participation is the purchase of certified cocoa products, to ensure complete traceability.

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cocoa commitment
for your (retail) brands

cocoa commitment is open to the entire food industry. Its special feature: The basis for participation is the purchase of certified cocoa products, to ensure complete traceability.

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Available for
brand manufacturers

Available for
retail chains

Available for
processing companies

The special characteristics
of raw cocoa

Why is cocoa only grown in tropical countries along the equator? How is cocoa cultivated? What varieties of cocoa are there? What are the special characteristics of the cocoa fruit and what are the best conditions for cocoa trees to bear fruit?

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