Fuji Oil Holdings Launches New Initiatives to strengthen Cocoa Sustainability

Fuji Oil Holdings increases commitments to address Child Labor and Deforestation; Expands sustainability programs in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.

Fuji Oil Holdings, along with US subsidiary Blommer Chocolate Company, today announced two global initiatives that address the most significant sustainability issues faced by the cocoa industry. The first is a commitment to eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in the Company’s cocoa supply chain by 2025 and, ultimately, to eliminate all forms of Child Labor as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) by 2030. The second is a commitment to distribute 1,000,000 forest tree seedlings by 2030 to areas deforested as a result of cocoa farming. These two commitments reinforce the sustainable sourcing ambition of the company and are materialized through several initiatives.
“We are excited to announce the first major cocoa sustainability initiatives resulting from the collaboration between Fuji Oil and Blommer Chocolate. In alignment with our group management philosophy, we view cocoa sustainability as one of our highest priorities,” said Hiroshi Shinano, Executive Officer, Oils & Fats and Chocolate Division for Fuji Oil. “These exciting initiatives create concrete targets in line with our ‘Responsible Cacao Sourcing Policy’ which was announced in 2018.”
“We welcome this initiative from our Holdings Company as a clear sign of our commitment to increase our offer of sustainable and future-proof supply chains to our customers” said Peter Claerhout, sales Director of Fuji Oil Europe.
Delivering on the commitment to eliminate the WFCL, Fuji Oil will implement a multi-tiered strategy which will include polygon mapping, women’s empowerment, educational access, as well as, child labor monitoring and remediation systems.
Given the importance of access to quality education in addressing child labor issues, Fuji Oil is pleased to announce its intention to join other industry partners in two exciting new initiatives in Cote d’Ivoire led by the Jacobs Foundation. The first initiative, Child Learning and Education Facility (CLEF), aims to reach 5 million children and 10 million parents in cocoa growing areas and beyond, focusing on access to quality primary education. The second initiative is the Early Learning and Nutrition Facility (ELAN). ELAN is designed to provide quality services and training in early childhood development and nutrition to 1.3 million children below the age of 5 and their caregivers.
In addition, and expanding on current programs in Cote d’Ivoire and Ecuador, Fuji Oil will establish a new sustainability program in Ghana. The program will supply beans and products to Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Aligned with Fuji Oil’s deforestation policies for Palm, a landscape model approach will be used in the distribution of the 1,000,000-seedling target. Early stages of the program will target Cote d’ Ivoire and Ghana. Additional regions of the supply chain will be considered in later years. Varieties will be selected with the purpose of providing alternative income sources for communities along with the benefit of reestablishing the forest canopy.

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