HELPING COCOA FARMERS THRIVE
Building healthy, sustainable futures
coaching for 20,000 farmers
farmers improve incomes
on cocoa crop diseases
At the heart of our Dove® brand are the communities that make it possible.
Cocoa is not only one of the key ingredients of our world-renowned chocolate brands, but it is also central to the livelihoods of an estimated 350,000 cocoa farmers in the global cocoa supply chain. We depend on cocoa farming communities, and this drives us to continuously strive to for a responsible cocoa supply chain where human rights are respected, the environment is protected, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
To help achieve sustainable livelihoods for smallholder farmers, we buy cocoa for our Dove® Dark products (Dove® Dark Chocolate, Dove® Dark Almond Promises, Dove® Dark Peanut Butter Promises), that is independently verified as sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified* farms.
Through our suppliers, we’re also helping farmers to develop new skills and improve their incomes. In Indonesia, for example, cocoa coaching was given to over 20,000 farmers through a network of cocoa specialists.
The use of good agricultural practices helps farmers grow their business, while defining and piloting new models helps them diversify their crops and improve incomes.
Then there’s the cutting-edge research we’re financing to help prevent the spread of devastating cocoa crop diseases.
*We source Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa under the mass balance method. Find out more about mass balance sourcing at ra.org/mb
We’re passionate about the places that bring us our cocoa beans, and we are committed to supporting them in building healthy, sustainable futures for their communities.
Meet Pak Alexander
“Since becoming a Cocoa Doctor and implementing the productivity training my farm has flourished. I was able to triple my cocoa harvest. Now I’m sharing my success with other farmers – I hope they can triple productivity too.” Pak Alexander
Helping farmers increase their yields and income
Alexander is a cocoa coach in South Sulawesi. Training in modern, responsible farming methods has helped him to triple his yield and now he’s passionate about helping other farmers to do the same.
The Rainforest Alliance collaborates with and supports businesses in their journey towards sustainability.
For our Dove® Dark products (Dove® Dark Chocolate, Dove® Dark Almond Promises, Dove® Dark Peanut Butter Promises), we buy cocoa that is independently verified as sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. We source cocoa under the mass balance method. Find out more about mass balance sourcing at ra.org/mb.
*We source cocoa for our Dove® products (Dove® Dark Chocolate, Dove® Dark Almond Promises, Dove® Dark Peanut Butter Promises), under the mass balance method of sourcing. Under this method, certified cocoa and non-certified cocoa may be mixed during processing, shipping and manufacturing. While certified cocoa may not necessarily end up in any particular final product, farmers still benefit from our purchase of cocoa originating from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms. We purchase cocoa that is independently verified as sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in volumes equivalent to that needed for 100% for these Dove® products.