Ipsos Client Mondelēz International publishes Progress Report for its sustainable cocoa sourcing program, Cocoa Life

Ipsos is Mondelēz’ third-party evaluator and, together, they have mapped how Cocoa Life is progressing toward their goal of sustainably sourcing all cocoa by supporting farmers and their communities, while addressing climate change, women’s empowerment and child labor in key cocoa-producing countries.

Ipsos Client Mondelēz International publishes Progress Report for its sustainable cocoa sourcing program, Cocoa Life

The author(s)

  • Meghann Jones Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, DC, April 11, 2018 — Today Mondelēz International releases its 2017 Progress Report for its sustainable cocoa sourcing program, Cocoa Life, announcing how much progress has been made towards its goals of reaching 200,000 farmers and one million community members by 2022, and ultimately source all of Mondelēz’s cocoa sustainably, mainly through Cocoa Life.    

Ipsos has been the chosen partner to drive the impact evaluation to ensure that the Program’s milestones are measured and verified independently. According to Meghann Jones, Senior Vice President at Ipsos and the Lead Evaluator for Cocoa Life, “Mondelēz International is the first chocolate company to commit to publishing the findings in detail, a huge step for transparency in the industry.” As partners, adds Meghann, “our goal is not only to deliver quality data but also communicate it in a way that people can learn from. This year, we published our first impact study for Indonesia and we’re looking forward to sharing additional reports on other cocoa origins in 2018”.

As shown in the report, by end of 2017, the Program had already reached 120,500 farmers (up from 31% in 2016) and 1,085 communities (up from 26% in 2016) across six key cocoa-producing countries, namely Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Dominican Republic. Moreover, 35% of Mondelēz International’s cocoa was sustainably sourced (up from 21% in 2016).

Reports showing results of Ipsos impact evaluations in some of these communities will be published later in 2018.

About the Study

Ipsos evaluates Cocoa Life based on 10 global KPIs. As new Cocoa Life participants enter the program each year, they become a new cohort for a longitudinal panel study. For each cohort there is a Baseline and multiple follow-up studies.

Ipsos uses the following evaluation tools: Farmer Household Survey, Farmer Spouse Survey, Farm Observation Study, Last Mile Verification (to validate responses related to farm output and farming practices), and a Village Leader Survey. This primary data is triangulated with in-depth qualitative data, program monitoring data and farm maps, and verified secondary data.

Further details on the methodology are provided on the Cocoa Life Website.

For more information on this news release please contact:

Meghann Jones
Senior Vice President, 
Ipsos Public Affairs

About Cocoa Life

Cocoa Life aims to reach more than 200,000 farmers across six countries, benefitting more than a million people. Mondelēz International's ultimate goal is to sustainably source all the company's cocoa supply, mainly via Cocoa Life. By working in partnership with farmers, NGOs, suppliers and government institutions, Cocoa Life answers Mondelēz International's Call for Well-being, which urges employees, suppliers and community partners to join together to develop new approaches that can have a positive impact on the planet and its people.

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The author(s)

  • Meghann Jones Senior Vice President, US, Public Affairs