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09 Mar 2022
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Ferrero Discloses 20/21 Cocoa Supply Chain

Ferrero Increases Its Transparency of Cocoa Supply Chain

Ferrero is pleased to disclose the suppliers and farmer groups we have sourced cocoa from in the 20/21 crop season. This annual disclosure we started last year is part of our commitment to transparency on where our cocoa comes from.  
Through our distinctive sourcing approach, we can achieve high visibility of our cocoa supply chain, with most of our cocoa being sourced from Ghana and Ivory Coast.: 
• We source about 75% of our cocoa as cocoa beans that we process in-house and use in our products. 
• We buy these beans as physically traceable, also known as ‘segregated’, which means we can trace these beans from the farm to our factories. This is, for example, the case for our brand Nutella. 
• We establish long-term relationships with farmer groups through our direct suppliers, and we support them with our sustainability programme:

  1. In 20/21, we sourced about 90% of our total cocoa volume from farmer groups with whom we have a long-term relationship; 60% of these groups have been in our supply chain for three years or more, and 10% even seven years or more.
  2. We sourced the remaining 10% of our cocoa volume from farmers' groups in our supplier’s network, in other words, from known sources. These farmer groups are not linked to Ferrero only but to several customers. 
  3. We use technology to map farms and sourcing areas so that we know their location, size and productivity and monitor deforestation risks.

Ferrero believes this is essential to drive lasting change in the supply chain for farmers, communities, and the environment. 
We continue our commitment to transparency and will share an update about our cocoa supply chain at the beginning of next year.  

Learn more about Ferrero’s cocoa sustainability program and how we work to improve the livelihoods of farmers and communities, protect children and safeguard the environment:

Cocoa Charter and Action Plan 
Sustainability Report.
Cocoa Tier – 1 Supplier and Farmer Groups FY 2020/21 

Ferrero began its journey in the small town of Alba in Piedmont, Italy, in 1946. Today, it is one of the world’s largest sweet-packaged food companies, with over 35 iconic brands sold in more than 170 countries. The Ferrero Group brings joy to people around the world with much-loved treats and snacks, including Nutella®, Kinder®, Tic Tac® and Ferrero Rocher®. With over 47,000 employees, we are passionate about helping people celebrate life's special moments. The Ferrero Group, now in its third generation, is based on family values with a dedication to quality and excellence, heritage, and a commitment to the planet and communities in which we operate.