The Barry Callebaut Group—the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products—announced the publication of its GRI report 2013/14. The report details the company’s performance in a transparent manner and across its most important sustainability topics, focusing on the indicators of relevance to the company’s stakeholders.
On social aspects, the Group’s achievements in 2013/14 include the training of 99,000 cocoa farmers, the sourcing of 84,000 tons of sustainable cocoa beans from the Group’s own sustainability programs and the participation of 73,600 people in the Group’s community development activities. These are described in more detail in the separate, externally validated Cocoa Sustainability Report.
Following the integration of the cocoa business acquired in 2013, the environmental footprint of the Group increased, with energy use, water use and waste generation higher by 7 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent respectively. At the same time, the energy, water and waste efficiencies (amount per ton of activity) improved by 0.4 percent, 4 percent and 5 percent respectively.
Under its commitment to promote employee development, the company opened a new management training center in Singapore, expanded the number of training courses offered and increased employee participation by 10 percent.
The Barry Callebaut GRI report 2013/14 has been checked and approved by the Global Reporting Initiative to meet the requirements of GRI G3.1 level C, including the sector supplement for Food Processing.