Cocio establishes an internal CSR working group charged with analysing the conditions involving the sourcing of cocoa beans.
16 March 2010
The film “The dark side of chocolate” is shown on DR2, sending a shower of criticism down over chocolate manufacturers such as Toms and Cocio, which are accused of contributing to child slavery.
Cocio sets up an internal working group with CSR advice from Arla and devises a plan on how the company can improve its supplier management.
Cocio seeks the advice of Save the Children Denmark and Amnesty International Denmark. At the same time, the company begins the screening of existing international certification schemes relating to cocoa production.
Cocio chooses UTZ certification as its partner and works in close partnership with Cargill for the systematic improvement of the conditions surrounding cocoa production.
Cocio sets the target that all cocoa used in the production of Cocio chocolate milk must be certified by the end of 2011, and that all Arla cocoa products must be made exclusively of UTZ-certified cocoa by 2012.
Cocio meets its target that all Cocio products are made from UTZ-certified cocoa. This corresponds to 19 percent of the Group’s total purchases of cocoa.
Cocio visits Ivory Coast and inspects the conditions in cocoa production and UTZ’s certification programme first hand.
The target for all Arla cocoa products to be manufactured using UTZ-certified cocoa is met. The UTZ programme is thus fully implemented.
DR1 shows yet another documentary entitled “Lyssky chokolade” (Shady chocolate) – a follow-up on the 2010 film.