We are a leader in the supply of sustainably sourced cocoa beans and the processing of cocoa ingredients. For over 15 years we have played a significant role in helping to build a sustainable cocoa supply chain. In partnership with customers and supporters, we have focused on programmes that provide long-term, positive support to cocoa farmers and their communities.
In 2004, we launched our first cocoa sustainability initiative and our ambitions have grown each year. Developing the 8 Principles of the Olam Livelihood Charter (OLC), which highlight the importance of traceability, quality, pre-financing and market access, was a major step forward in establishing the framework for broader economic, social and environmental impact. The OLC remains the backbone of all of our sustainability programmes today and has led to specific actions such as opening our cocoa supply chain to the Fair Labor Association to tackle child labour and increase transparency. We also pioneered the world’s first Climate Smart Cocoa with Rainforest Alliance, have supported customers to scale their own sustainability programmes worldwide and become a founding member of cross sector alliances through the World Cocoa Foundation and the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (C&FI).
Despite these collective efforts, many of the most complex problems in cocoa remain. Smallholder farmers have not experienced enough improvement in incomes, child labour still occurs, and forests continue to be degraded. We remain focused on leveraging social and environmental insights to refine our sustainability programmes to meet the needs of farmers and their communities. AtSource, tailored towards achieving the objectives of both the Cocoa Compass strategy and our customers’ own sustainability goals, will be the platform through which we deliver these programmes in cocoa growing regions and through which we are able to report and better understand the improvements required to reach our goals. Cocoa Compass lays out our commitment for how we will have a lasting, positive impact on the future of cocoa.