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“We make some of the UK’s best-loved confectionery products and our consumers are very interested in how we source ingredients for their personal favourites. Travelling to Côte d’Ivoire to meet the farming families who produce the cocoa for Fairtrade Kit Kat I was really inspired by the passion of the farmers to build a better future for themselves, as well as Nestlé’s commitment to providing practical support from when they plant a tree right through to giving them a market for their cocoa beans.”

David Rennie,
Managing Director,
Nestlé Confectionery UK and Ireland

Our actions

  • In 2009 we launched our global Cocoa Plan which aims to address key issues facing cocoa farmers. Visit the website for more information.
  • We are investing £65 million over the next ten years in programmes to address the key economic, social and environmental issues facing cocoa farming communities.
  • Focusing predominantly on Côte d’Ivoire, the world’s largest cocoa-producing country, the plan covers four broad areas: farmer education, plant expertise, supply chain and improving social conditions.
  • By working closely with farming cooperatives, paying a premium for better-quality cocoa, investing in their future through farmer training and providing high-potential cocoa plantlets, we aim to help improve farmer productivity and income.
  • The Plan will deliver 12 million stronger, more productive cocoa tree plantlets to farmers over 10 years - the first 100,000 of which have already been delivered to farmer cooperatives. Our partners include the International Cocoa Initiative, Utz Certified, Fairtrade and The International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent.
  • One of the first Nestlé products to exemplify our Cocoa Plan principles was four-finger Kit Kat, which became Fairtrade-certified in the UK and Ireland in January 2010.

Working in partnership

  • Nestlé is a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an organisation formed in 2000 to assist cocoa growing communities in developing a sustainable cocoa economy.
  • We are also a founding participant in the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) set up specifically to address child labour issues.