Follow our progress in responsible cocoa sourcing.

Our vision 

Our vision has been that by 2017, the origin of our cocoa will be traceable and all the cocoa we use fulfils the criteria of responsible production. We have now acheived that goal and 100 % of the cocoa we use comes from responsible sources.

The responsibility criteria for Fazer follow  the WCF’s three criteria: People, Profit, and Planet. The criteria of responsibility are met when the livelihood is profitable for the farmers, people are doing well and cultivation methods are environmentally sustainable. We do not compromise the quality of our cocoa.

Our work to promote responsible cocoa and cocoa farming will continue.


2005 Fazer becomes a member of the World Cocoa Foundation, WFC                    
  Fazer Confectionery signs the UN Global Compact initiative
2006 Fazer signs the contract to support The Child Labor Alternatives through Sustainable Systems in education (CLASSE) programme in Ivory Coast
2007 Fazer’s ethical principles are published
  CLASSE programme continues in the Ivorian village Biéby through the ECHOES programme established by the World Cocoa Foundation
  Visit to Ghana: WCF partnership meeting and cocoa field trip 
2008  Visit to Ecuador: WCF partnership meeting and monitoring of the Ecuadorian cocoa supply chain
2009 Visit to Ivory Coast and the sponsor village Biéby
 2010 Fazer updates its cocoa sourcing strategy to include the criteria for responsible production
  Fazer sets a cocoa vision: by 2017, the origin of our cocoa will be traceable and all the cocoa we use will fulfil the criteria of responsible production
  Fazer purchases the first lots of UTZ Certified cocoa
 2011 Fazer actively promotes the initiation of the CEN/TC 415 Traceable and Sustainable Cocoa Standard development
  Fazer registers as a member of the UTZ Certified Cocoa Programme
  Visit to cocoa farms and communities in Ghana and cocoa processing factory in Nigeria
 2012 Fazer participates in the CEN standard project with two members in CEN Ad-Hoc working groups and represents Finland in the Finnish mirror committee in CEN meetings in cooperation with the Finnish Standard Association SFS and Finnish Food and Drink Industries Federation ETL
  30% of Fazer’s cocoa complies with the responsibility programmes, including the first lots of fully traceable Nigerian cocoa butter
  Fazer raises funds to build the first and so far only secondary school in Biéby
 2013 Visit to Ivory Coast to examine the traceability and sustainability programmes on a farm and cooperative level and the development of GAP (good agricultural practices) and farmer field school activities  
  The Biéby Junior High School opens its doors and a group of Fazer participates attend the opening ceremony 

50% of the cocoa products Fazer used complied with responsibility programmes. This share included the cocoa sourced under certifications (at the moment including UTZ certified and Rainforest Alliance) and the cocoa sourced under other sustainability programmes conducted by our suppliers and other partners, for example Source Trust

  Fazer's cocoa sourcing strategy updated to secure the fulfillment of the 2017 vision
  Fazer purchases the first lots of Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa
2015 Fazer increased share of responsible cocoa to 72 per cent (the target was 70%)
2016 85% of Fazer’s cocoa will comply with the responsibility programmes
2017 All 100% of Fazer’s cocoa will be traceable and fulfil the criteria of responsible production