Cocoa is an important crop, supporting the livelihoods of more than
five million family farms in countries like Côte d’Ivoire,
Cameroon, Indonesia and Brazil. The industry faces significant
sustainable development challenges, including extreme poverty and
widely-reported incidences of child labour and human trafficking.
In early 2017 Target launched a project to develop a sustainable cocoa and chocolate policy. In March 2017 we announced to our suppliers that all cocoa ingredients used in Target brand chocolate products must be sourced through one of our preferred sustainable cocoa standards, Cocoa Horizons (Barry Callebault) or UTZ (any certified supplier). These standards aim to encourage continuous improvement in cocoa farming practices – such as water efficiency and respect for workers’ rights - by applying best practice methods, training, independent monitoring and assurance.
This commitment has now been achieved and all own brand products with cocoa are now sourced in accordance with our sustainable cocoa policy.