Cocoa, chocolate industry donates to help Brazil farmers to fight COVID-19
$40,000 donation builds on other industry efforts to help cocoa farmers respond to pandemic
Global cocoa and chocolate companies are donating $40,000 to help cocoa farmers and their families in Brazil fight the spreading coronavirus by supporting the national emergency plan of the government.
Coming on top of numerous individual company contributions and help to farmers, the global industry fundraising effort will in Brazil support the Red Cross that is operating in line with priorities set by the government. The donation will be directed at the two main cocoa regions of Bahia and Pará and will be used to buy protective gloves, goggles and masks as well as pay for recording audio files with health advice that can be sent through text messages and radio.
“All of us in the cocoa supply chain are connected, from the cocoa farmer in Brazil to the chocolate maker. This fund-raising effort shows the cocoa and chocolate industry is united in our goal to help farmers and their families in Brazil fight the virus and save lives in cocoa-growing communities,” said Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).
The global fund-raising effort by companies comes on top of other efforts to fight the virus by the industry. Many of the large cocoa and chocolate companies are making major financial contributions to international relief and humanitarian organizations. These commitments already total hundreds of millions of dollars and are supporting the emergency response around the world, including Brazil.
Many companies have been working for more than a month now with their suppliers in Brazil to support local relief efforts and help the government contain the spread of the virus and save lives. In close collaboration with the government and humanitarian relief organizations, companies are donating critical emergency supplies such as soap, sanitizers, clean water equipment, and medical goods.
More than 30 companies and organizations from around the world contributed to this industry-wide response, including Altinmarka, the Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI), August Storck KG, Barry Callebaut, Blommer Chocolate Company, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate, Carletti, Cémoi, Clasen Quality Chocolate, CWT Europe B.V, ECOM, Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd., Fine Chocolate Industry Association, German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), GCB Cocoa, Guittard Chocolate, Intercontinental Exchange, JB Cocoa, Lindt & Sprüngli, Luker Chocolate, Mars Wrigley, Mondelēz International, Nestlé, Olam Cocoa, Pit Süßwaren/Becks Cocoa, Ritter Sport, Seattle Chocolate, the Swiss Foundation of the Cocoa and Chocolate Industry, SUCDEN Cocoa, The Hershey Company, Touton S.A., Whittaker’s, and WCF.
The industry response was spearheaded by the Association of Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO), BDSI, the European Cocoa Association (ECA), the Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) and WCF.