The Program

What is Cocoa Horizons?

Cocoa Horizons is an impact driven program focused on cocoa farmer prosperity and helping build self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children. The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority.

Our purpose

To improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development, which protect nature and children.

The challenges faced by cocoa farmers and their communities

Cocoa is typically produced by smallholder farmers in remote equatorial areas. Most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, an area that faces the industry’s most vital sustainability challenges. Among them: limited knowledge and understanding of good agricultural practices; aging farms and depleted soil; the unpredictable effects of climate change; and a lack of financing options to invest in productivity activities.

Cocoa communities often lack basic infrastructure and services, including schools, literacy and vocational training, access to safe water, and basic healthcare services. Gender imbalance also affects the sustainability of cocoa farming communities, with women having limited opportunities to build skills and generate income.

Who runs the Foundation?

The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is led by a board of directors. As of 2019, it will be composed of five directors, three of them independent and two appointed by Barry Callebaut. The board selects a General Manager who is in charge of the Foundation’s day-to-day business and partnerships with contributors, donors, and implementing partners.

Our partners

The Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s foremost manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, leading the way in innovation. Barry Callebaut is committed to sustainable cocoa production and actively participates in industry initiatives.

Funding

We are funded via three main sources:

  • Through the customer premiums paid for sustainable HORIZONS chocolate and cocoa products.
  • From contributions by donors and partners who are inspired to support the mission of the Foundation.
  • From Barry Callebaut contributions.

Verifying our funding and activities

We are audited annually by a global audit firm. The activities and distribution of premiums of HORIZONS cocoa and chocolate products are also independently verified. Summary reports will be posted on our website annually

How do we allocate funds?

The Board approves a budget and activity plan for each financial year. The decisions the Board makes are firmly steered by the Foundation’s mission to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development. The allocation of Cocoa Horizon premiums is as follows: