Topics Archives: Certification

Candy & Snack Today looks at Cocoa Sustainability Initiatives

Andy Harner and trainee, Cote d'Ivoire Dec. 2011

In case you missed it, Candy & Snack Today’s July/August issue featured a long special report on cocoa sustainability initiatives across the sector.  Along with other industry efforts, Mars’ Sustainable Cocoa Initiative was mentioned quite prominently.  Quoted in the piece was Andrew Harner, Global Cocoa Vice President, who summed up the challenges by saying, “we know that demand for cocoa has gone up by

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Usman Siraje: Curiosity Leads to Prosperity

Usman pic 2

This post is co-authored by Akhmad Anshari

Usman Siraje is very different from other cocoa farmers we’ve met in Indonesia.

In 1970, Usman started his first business, a clothes workshop, which supported his family until 1984. After 14 years, as the business went bad, Usman closed the workshop and bought 3Ha land at Buntu Batu Village in Luwu District, and started his new career

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Mars Offers Recommendations at International Workshop on Cocoa Certification

Alastair CHild at ICCO 07-17-13

Everyone agrees that achieving sustainability is necessary for the long-term viability of the cocoa and chocolate sector. Successful sustainability initiatives – like organizations – are the ones that are able to improve and quickly respond to new challenges. The best way to improve is to listen to concerns and challenges from a wide variety of stakeholders and we were happy to see this in

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Rainforest Alliance president challenges cocoa sector to be leaders

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to see Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance, speak at the International Supply Management Congress in Amsterdam.  She was one of three keynote speakers at the event, and it was gratifying to hear her discuss in a positive way the work that Mars is doing on cocoa sustainability.

At the Congress, Tensie quoted Mars’s thinking

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2012 Cocoa Barometer Calls the Industry to Action on Cocoa Sustainability

The Cocoa Barometer 2012 is out and it provides yet another snap shot into the urgency we must have as a sector to establish sustainable cocoa as the standard.  The barometer is a joint initiative by several NGOs, and it provides an overview of the current sustainability efforts within the industry.  This year’s barometer looked at initiatives in West Africa.

The barometer identifies some

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Sustainable Cocoa Initiative in the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post

What kind of news brings together the Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post?  Our announcement last week that the sector will need to invest in billions of dollars to make it sustainable was featured in both media outlets.  On Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal (available here at NASDAQ’s web site) ran a story on the efforts by both Mars Chocolate and The Hershey

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The Hershey Company Pledges to Source 100% Certified Sustainable Cocoa

Congratulations to The Hershey Company, which announced this week it too will source 100 percent certified cocoa for its global chocolate product lines by 2020. It is gratifying to see more and more stakeholders recognizing the importance of certification to creating a sustainable future for chocolate. The more commitments from companies like Mars Chocolate and Hershey, among others to adopt certification protocols, the

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Dispatches from the ISEAL Alliance 2012 Conference

ISEAL conference photo

Almost 200 members and supporters of the ISEAL Alliance came together at a conference in Bonn, Germany last week.  Founded in 2002, ISEAL has provided 10 years of leadership in standards and certification.

Representing Mars Chocolate, I sat on a great Impact data panel with representatives from international supermarket retailer Ahold, UTZ Certified, and Marine Stewardship Council.  We discussed that despite the challenges on

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Mars Meets our 2011 Certification Goal

Certification graphic 2 - tons airbus

As you may have seen, we announced today that Mars Chocolate met its 2011 benchmark of purchasing 10 percent certified sustainable cocoa – or approximately  30,000 tons – as part of its total supply.  In two short years, we have made dramatic progress towards reaching our ultimate goal of purchasing 100% of our cocoa from certified sustainable sources by 2020.

Mars Chocolate has set

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Mars Chocolate Goes to Harvard Business School to Discuss Cocoa Sustainability

Barry Parkin, Mars; Justin Bakule, Foundation Strategy Group; Pacita Juan, Echostore; Chuck Rubin, Commonsoles

On Sunday, February 26th, I participated in a panel on sustainable sourcing at Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Social Enterprise 2012 conference. Moderated by HBS professor Christopher Marquis, other participants in the discussion included Justin Bakule of Foundation Strategy Group, Pacita Juan of EchoStore, and Chuck Rubin of CommonSoles.

This was a chance to talk about both the business

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