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Mondelez International’s Cocoa Life Partners With FLOCERT to Verify Supply Chain

Mondelez International’s Cocoa Life Partners With FLOCERT to Verify Supply Chain
February 05
09:15 2015

Mondelez International, the world’s largest chocolate company, and FLOCERT, a socially focused global certification body, have unveiled a new partnership to verify cocoa volumes and commercial transactions for the company’s $400 million Cocoa Life program. Cocoa Life will work with FLOCERT to employ a tailor-made version of its FLOTIS reporting system to verify the quantity of sustainably grown and traded cocoa and to provide verification of Cocoa Life premium payments made to farmer organizations.

“Cadbury Dairy Milk was the first mainstream chocolate bar to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark,” says Cathy Pieters, Cocoa Life Program Director. “Now we are delighted to bring a new dimension to our relationship with the Fairtrade family through this partnership between Cocoa Life and FLOCERT. Our aim is to know farmers are benefiting from a healthy supply chain with clear terms of trade, better access to markets, and new ways for their voices to be heard.”

Originally developed to monitor Fairtrade certification, FLOTIS enables FLOCERT to support verification programs like Cocoa Life. FLOTIS is a comprehensive monitoring tool that enables transparent transactions reporting and supplies statistical data for its evaluation, thus assuring and facilitating fair trading processes. The contract will run for three years, with an option to extend until 2022.

“Mondelez International is a long standing strategic partner of Fairtrade,” says Rudiger Meyer, CEO of FLOCERT. “We are pleased at the opportunity to further support this cooperation by supplying them with our verification services to help the Cocoa Life program measure progress towards achieving its goals.”

Cocoa Life is impact-focused and independently verified.  The partnership with FLOCERT will provide a system to verify the Cocoa Life supply chain, completing the Cocoa Life verification framework alongside the Harvard University research team evaluating the program impact on the ground, announced in June 2014.

Integrating with Mondelez International’s supply chain is key to Cocoa Life. The company’s cocoa suppliers help implement Cocoa Life by training farmers to improve productivity and income, and by buying their cocoa. Cocoa farmers will have more confidence as purchase volumes will be agreed upfront each harvest season.

Major cocoa processors such as Barry Callebaut and Cargill agree on the importance of Cocoa Life’s verification framework.

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