RESPONSIBLE COCOA SOURCING
The Rainforest Alliance works together with companies, farmers, foresters, communities, and consumers to amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.
WHAT IS MASS BALANCE COCOA SOURCING?
The “mass balance” model of production allows companies to buy more cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which means that farmers, the environment, and cocoa-growing communities benefit from companies’ increasing purchases.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAM WORK?
A company can claim on product packaging that Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa is sourced for a particular brand if the volume of cocoa purchased by their supply chain from certified farms matches the volume of cocoa used in the manufacturing of that specific brand. This means that while certified cocoa might not end up in every chocolate bar because of certified and non-certified ingredients mixing at the company’s facility or the facilities of the company’s suppliers, the supply chain is still buying cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and including this ingredient in the overall manufacturing of its chocolate recipes.
To find out more about mass balance cocoa sourcing visit: www.ra.org/mb
Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms are required to meet comprehensive standards for sustainable agriculture that protect wildlands, waterways, wildlife habitat and the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms support a healthy environment, promote the well-being of workers and their communities and use efficient farm methods. Certification helps to ensure farm workers have safe working conditions, dignified housing, and access to medical care and schools for their children. Certification helps protect ecosystems, including wildlife habitat, water and soil. To learn more about the Rainforest Alliance, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
Rainforest Alliance certification prohibits farms from using forced labor or hiring anyone under the age of 15. Farm group administrators work to provide healthcare for workers and access to education for children. Workers are protected from excessive work hours, wage withholding and other exploitative practices.