Barry Callebaut : Barry Callebaut to be honored with prestigious "Sustainable
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The Rainforest Alliance recognizes Barry Callebaut's sustainability efforts
*Barry Callebaut will receive "Sustainable Standard-Setter" award at the
Rainforest Alliance 2013 Annual Gala on May 15, 2013 in New York
*The company is committed to ensuring that cocoa is grown in a sustainable
way that generates income for farmers and safeguards the environment
*Sustainable Cocoa is one of the four strategic pillars of Barry Callebaut
New York/U.S., Zurich/Switzerland - May 15, 2013 - Barry Callebaut, the
world's leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, is
to be honored for its collective sustainability efforts over the past years
with the prestigious "Sustainable Standard-Setter" award at the Rainforest
Alliance 2013 Annual Gala on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to be held at New York's
American Museum of Natural History.
The esteemed event recognizes exceptional achievements made by companies in
key areas of sustainability and is founded on the principle of "building a
world where people and the environment prosper together."
The company's Chief Executive Officer, Juergen B. Steinemann, stated "we are
honored to receive such a prestigious award from an organization that shares
many of the same values as Barry Callebaut. Our ongoing collaboration with the
Rainforest Alliance allows us to continue to encourage cocoa-farming practices
that are sustainable over the long term."
Steven Retzlaff, President of Global Sourcing & Cocoa, echoed these
sentiments, noting "Contributing to a sustainable cocoa supply chain and
proactively engaging in cocoa farming communities is fundamental to our
company. We applaud the efforts of farmer groups who commit to sustainable
agricultural practices and succeed in achieving the criteria to be Rainforest
"We are proud to honor Barry Callebaut at our 2013 Gala Awards Dinner,
recognizing the company's outstanding efforts promoting sustainability," said
Tensie Whelan, president of the Rainforest Alliance. "Through supporting the
Rainforest Alliance's approach to sustainable production, Barry Callebaut is
having a demonstrable impact on the ground, helping to improve the lives and
livelihoods of cocoa farming communities."
Barry Callebaut's commitment to sustainably grown cocoa
Last year, Barry Callebaut accelerated its efforts with the initiation of the
largest sustainability initiative, "Cocoa Horizons". "Cocoa Horizons" is a USD
42 million cocoa sustainability initiative, which was launched as part of the
company's decision to make Sustainable Cocoa one of the four pillars of its
corporate strategy. The initiative's key goals are to further boost farm
productivity, increase quality and improve family livelihoods in key cocoa
producing countries over the next 10 years. Under its "Cocoa Horizons"
initiative, Barry Callebaut has implemented a number of innovative programs,
as for example a recent cocoa farmer training program in joint initiative with
the Rainforest Alliance to help protect the Taï National Park in southwest
One of Barry Callebaut's landmark sustainability projects is the Quality
Partner Program (QPP) through which the key goals of "Cocoa Horizons" are
implemented on the ground in direct collaboration with cocoa farming
cooperatives, agricultural associations and government institutions. The
program, which was founded in 2005, helps to train and support cocoa farmers
to increase yields and quality and improve their livelihoods through higher
income and improved access to education and basic health care. Over 30,000
cocoa farmers have benefited from the Quality Partner Program. Barry Callebaut
also offers agricultural training and support to cooperatives in the Quality
Partner Program who are interested in becoming Rainforest Alliance Certified.
For more information about QPP can be found here.
Along with promoting Rainforest Alliance certification, Barry Callebaut
actively participates in industry initiatives and programs, including the
World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) and the
African Cocoa Initiative (ACI). The company is also a board member of the
International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), a foundation established under the Cocoa
Industry Protocol (Harkin-Engel Protocol).
Seven other organizations - AMResorts, IndoTeak Design, Kapawi Ecolodge &
Reserve, Kingfisher plc, NESCAFÉ, Olam International Ltd. and Tata Global
Beverages - along with Barry Callebaut are this year's Rainforest Alliance
"Sustainable Standard-Setter" award recipients. More information about the
Rainforest Alliance Annual Gala event can be found here.
Barry Callebaut (www.barry-callebaut.com):
With annual sales of about CHF 4.8 billion (EUR 4.0 billion / USD 5.2 billion)
in fiscal year 2011/12, Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world's leading
manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate - from the cocoa bean to the
finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut operates out of 30 countries, runs
more than 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated
workforce of about 6,000 people. Barry Callebaut serves the entire food
industry focusing on industrial food manufacturers, artisans and professional
users of chocolate (such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs or bakers), the latter
with its two global brands Callebaut^® and Cacao Barry^®. Barry Callebaut is
the global leader in cocoa and chocolate innovations and provides a
comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development,
processing, training and marketing. Cost leadership is another important
reason why global as well as local food manufacturers work together with Barry
Callebaut. Through its Cocoa Horizons initiative and research activities, the
company engages with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help
ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.
About Rainforest Alliance (www.rainforest-alliance.org):
The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the
land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host
travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based
cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the
Rainforest Alliance's efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services
to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing
steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
for the media: for investors and financial analysts:
Raphael Wermuth Evelyn Nassar
Head of Media Relations Head of Investor Relations
Barry Callebaut AG Barry Callebaut AG
Phone: +41 43 204 04 58 Phone: +41 43 204 04 23
for the media in the U.S.:
Phone: +1 (202) 870 95 59
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