Chocolate Environmental Policy Question 7

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Question

Does the brand (company) have a policy to purchase its fillings (e.g. nuts, caramel, nougat, praline) and other ingredients (such as milk, sugar, oils and fats) from environmentally sustainable sources?
Dutch Version: Heeft het merk (bedrijf) een beleid om de vulling (bijvoorbeeld noten, caramel, noga, praline) en andere ingrediënten (melk, suiker, olie en vetten) van milieuvriendelijke bronnen in te kopen?
German version: Setzt der Markenhersteller Maßnahmen um, um Füllungen (z.B. Nüsse, Karamell, Nougat oder Praliné) oder weitere Rohstoffe (z.B. Milch, Zucker, Öl und Fett) von umweltzertifizierten Quellen zu beziehen?

Reference

Chocolate is not only made out of cocoa, but also additional ingredients such as nuts, caramel, nougat, praline, milk(powder), sugar, rice, oils and fats are used. This question is meant to find out whether a brand takes sustainability further than the main ingredient only. The need is there also; according to UNDP sugar cane production can cause a series of environmental impacts due to intensive agrochemical application, field burning, release of harmful effluents into waterways. Fairfood indicates similar environmental issues for other commodities like rice.

A good example for this question is found at Ferrero. Ferrero is developing sourcing programs for the main raw materials they are using. Read for more information here, Chapter 7.

Ranking Guidelines

A ‘Yes’ is applicable when

  • The brand has taken policy measures to purchase its ingredients other than cocoa or extra products from sustainable resources.

A ‘No’ is applicable when

  • The brand states not have a policy to purchase its ingredients other than cocoa or extra products from sustainable resources.

A ‘?’ is applicable when

  • The brand does not specify whether its purchased ingredients other than cocoa are bought at environmentally certified sources.
  • The brand does not specify the sustainability of the purchased products.


Note: if brands refer to RSPO certified palm oil, then the following requirements for a "Yes" assessment apply:

- When brands (companies) realize a share of at least 70% mass-balance and / or segregated RSPO-certified palm oil for its entire product range / respectively a specific product type like chocolate products for chocolate brands.

- When brands (companies) source more sustainable palm oil (i.e. RSPO-certified) for its entire store brand product range only. In doing so, for the time being, also mass-balance certified palm oil is considered eligible for a positive assessment.

Answering Guidelines

Answer ‘yes’

  • brand has taken policy measures to purchase its filling products or extra products from sustainable resources, such as …OR

Answer ‘no’

  • brand states not have a policy to purchase its filling products or extra products from sustainable resources.

Answer ‘?’

  • [brand/company] doesn't specify whether the filling and/or additional products are sourced from environmentally certified sources.
  • [brand/company] doesn't mention the use of environmentally certified fillings or ingredients.

Further resources

  • European Commission - Organic farming 1
  • Thünen Institute - Evaluation of the EU legislation on organic farming of Council Regulation (EC) 834/2007 1
  • Dutch Soy Coalition - Factsheet: Responsible soy production 1
  • RSPO 1
  • RTRS 1
  • ProTerra Standard 3.0 1
  • Profundo - Soy Barometer 2014 1
  • WWF Deutschland - Vergleich RTRS und ProTerra Standard 1