The Unilever Global Development Award: Mondelez International

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

Action and Impact
Cocoa Life, the sustainability programme of Mondelēz International, wants to empower cocoa farmers across the world and safeguard the chocolate for future generations to enjoy. The programme aims to “transform the livelihoods and living conditions” of more than 200,000 cocoa farmers and one million people in cocoa farming communities. The company is investing $400m between now and 2022 to achieve its vision and will work with partners on the ground in Ghana, Indonesia, Cote d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil.  These are countries where the programme has already helped 92,000 farmers increase their productivity, tripling their incomes since 2009 and boosting yields of cocoa by 37%. Mondelēz hopes the programme will give it a leadership position while protecting its cocoa supply chain and reducing the gap between supply and demand.
Mondelēz also wants to give its brands a credible approach to sustainability. For example, by 2019, all Cadbury Dairy Milk products globally will be within the Cocoa Life programme, with more brands to follow.