Have you seen that chocolate companies are helping to fuel an environmental crisis in West Africa?

A new report states that there could be just 13 years of rainforest left in Cote d’Ivoire, thanks to cocoa grown illegally in protected areas. As well as causing an environmental disaster, this is also destroying the habitat of native species like elephants and chimpanzees.

Over 160,000 SumOfUs members have signed the petition calling for Cadbury and Ferrero to commit to ending new deforestation. Chocolate companies will be making a statement at the Bonn climate conference this week, so let’s make sure they hear from as many of us beforehand!

Every name counts -- please could you add yours and help end this crisis before it’s too late?

Tell Cadbury to commit to no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide.

Chocolate companies are... buying illegally-grown cocoa beans, helping to destroy rainforests in West Africa.

Tell Cadbury to pledge to stop deforestation -- now.

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Chocolate companies are funding an environmental crisis in West Africa by buying illegally-grown cocoa beans from the area, a new investigation has revealed.

Mondelez, which owns Cadbury, has been sourcing beans that come from protected areas and national parks in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, driving rainforest destruction for cocoa production.

If this goes on, in just 13 years there will be almost no rainforest left at all.

And the crisis is having a huge impact on local wildlife too -- chimpanzees are being driven from their habitats and while the country was once home to tens of thousands of elephants, there are now just a few hundred left.

Chocolate companies will announce their response to this crisis at the Bonn Climate Conference in just two weeks. They're still deciding what to say, so now's the time to pressure them to take serious action -- before it’s too late.

Tell Cadbury to commit to no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide.

As much as 40% of the world’s cocoa comes from Cote d’Ivoire, while half of the world’s supply is controlled by just three companies -- Cargill, Olam and Barry Callebaut.

Cocoa illegally grown in protected areas and national parks makes its way to these traders through middlemen, who then pass it on to companies like Cadbury to make it into our favourite treats.

Every company in the supply chain is aware of this. They simply care more about their profits than the exploitation on the ground -- and the only way we can stop the cycle is to stop demand from chocolate manufacturers.

There’s no doubt as to the responsibility of cocoa for the colossal environmental damage. “The ancient forests of our nation, once a paradise for wildlife like chimpanzees, leopards, hippopotamus, and elephants, have been degraded and deforested to the point that they’re almost entirely gone”, says Kouamé Soulago Fernand, General Secretary of ROSCIDET, a network of Ivorian NGOs.

“This deforestation is due principally to the cultivation of cocoa.”

Cadbury -- pledge to stop deforestation from illegal cocoa.

The figures couldn’t be more worrying -- Cote d’Ivoire has seen its rainforest cover reduced by more than 85% since 1990, while some protected areas have seen as much as 90% of land turned over to cocoa production. The slash-and-burn deforestation will have devastating effects for the future of the region, with the loss of trees contributing to more hot, parched seasons.

That’s why we need to act fast -- and stop the demand for illegal cocoa.

Together, we’ve been able to make giant corporations take responsibility for their impact on the planet. SumOfUs members have already forced some of the biggest companies in the world like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and KFC, to commit to using only responsible palm oil, that’s not linked to deforestation.

Cadbury was selling cocoa almost 200 years before Mondelez existed. Generations and generations of people have grown up with the brand, and trust the company to do better. If we all come together now, we can push Cadbury, and its parent company Mondelez, into action before it’s too late.

Tell Cadbury to commit to a plan of no new deforestation for cocoa worldwide -- now.

Sign the Petition

Thanks for all that you do,
Callum, Sondhya, Anne and the team at SumOfUs

Chocolate industry drives rainforest disaster in Ivory Coast, The Guardian, 13 September 2017
Investigation Links Chocolate to Destruction of National Parks, Mighty Earth, 13 September 2017

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