Better Cocoa For Better Lives - Nestle Cocoa Plan

Better Cocoa For Better Lives - Nestle Cocoa Plan

3 min read


The Nestle Cocoa Plan was established in 2009 in order to help improve the lives of the farmers in Nestle’s cocoa supply chain. KitKat is a proud member of the plan and as a result our products are all made with 100% sustainably sourced cocoa. Better chocolate means better lives for all, and to ensure this the plan focuses on three main areas – better farming, better lives and better cocoa.

Better Farming

The Nestle Cocoa Plan provides training and resources to help all its farmers improve their yields and quality, meaning they increase their income and improve their livelihoods while simultaneously tackling deforestation. Since the plan started, 124,000 farmers have access to better farming practices. Nestle has also distributed 16 million cocoa trees and 669,000 forest and fruit trees to support reforestation and cocoa growth.

Better Lives

We understand the importance of education in ensuring that communities thrive, which is why the plan focuses on giving women and children access to high quality education, reducing the risk of child labour whilst empowering women to work.

Since 2009, Nestle have built 53 schools in Cote D’Ivoire to support children’s education and their future.

Better Cocoa

By enhancing the supply chain’s traceability and building long-term relationships with farmer groups we can make the process sweeter for everyone, resulting in delicious chocolate the world loves.

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Giving The Planet A Break

Giving The Planet A Break

2min read


This year we made a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2025. We’ve already taken big steps towards this goal, and we continue to strive towards it by reducing the emissions generated through the sourcing of our ingredients, the manufacturing of our products and their distribution by more than 50%.

A lot of our emissions occur through the production of our ingredients such as cocoa and milk. We’ll reduce these through initiatives like restoring forests and supporting a transition to regenerative agriculture. For any emissions we can’t remove, we’ll invest in high quality offsetting based on natural climate solutions.

Protecting and restoring forests

Deforestation is one of the main drivers of carbon emissions in the global agricultural supply chain. For the last decade we’ve been using a variety of tools to achieve our commitment to no deforestation, including certification, supply chain mapping and satellite imagery. We’re also focused on conservation and restoration, both by protecting and restoring the forests in our cocoa supply chain and through the launch of the Rimba Collective. This initiative supports the protection and restoration of over 500,000 hectares of tropical forest landscapes in Southeast Asia, where we source most of our ingredients.

Expanding regenerative agriculture

We’re building on our existing work with cocoa, palm oil, cereals, sugar and dairy farmers to implement regenerative practices. Farming methods such as reducing synthetic inputs, better management of soils and tree planting can help draw down carbon from the atmosphere, enhance biodiversity and boost on-farm productivity. To support this, we’ll help farmers plant five million shade trees where we source our cocoa by 2025.

Speeding up the move to renewable electricity

We’re working to improve the environmental footprint of our factories. We’ve already reduced the energy required to produce KitKat by more than 40% per ton of product since 2000. Some of our manufacturing sites already use renewable electricity, such as power drawn from solar plants in the Middle East and Brazil, and we will continue to find new ways to end dependency on fossil fuels and use 100% renewable electricity for all our factories before the end of 2025.

Building on more than a decade of action

We have a history of improving the sustainability of our supply chain that dates back more than a decade. In 2009, Nestlé launched the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and by 2016, we sourced 100% of our cocoa from the program. Under the plan, Nestlé has planted more than 15 million cocoa trees and invested CHF 300 million in cocoa sustainability. Our new carbon neutral pledge puts us on track to reduce our environmental footprint even further.