Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 5
EN: Is all the store brand cocoa certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems?
NL: Is alle eigen merk cacao gecertificeerd volgens Max Havelaar, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance of gelijkwaardige systemen?
DE: Ist der Kakao der Eigenmarken-Produkte zu 100% entsprechend Sozialstandards wie Fairtrade, Utz Certified oder Rainforest Alliance zertifiziert?
Regarding sustainability, FairFood indicates various ‘priority issues’ in the cocoa sector of which the gravest one is obviously bonded child labour. Furthermore cocoa farmers and workers often have insufficient access to social infrastructure, e.g. education, health care. Another problem in the cocoa sector is the low prices the farmers receive. Read further in e.g. these Oxfam reports: 1 2.
Tropical Commodities Coalition (TCC) mentions various standards aiming to improve both environmental and social conditions of cocoa farmers from mainly developing countries. In reference to Supermarket Chains Labour Conditions Question 3, we accept all certification schemes as evaluated by the Tropical Commodity Coalition for cocoa or organic certifications schemes which fulfil the social criteria from the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) on the highest or second highest level. See "Sustainable Shopping Basket", page 17.
Albert Heijn shows the ‘best practice’ by striving for 100% certified cocoa for all its store brands before the end of 2015 and having achieved 98% in 2014, see Ahold's CSR report 2014, page 37.
Note: if a food retailer does not produce any chocolate store brand products, then the complete assortment of branded chocolate products should be socially certified according to standards such as Fairtrade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems.