Ben & Jerry’s boosts payments to cocoa famers
Ben & Jerry’s has partnered with Fairtrade to ensure that cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire earn higher prices for their beans.
This is part of the ice cream icon’s pledge to ramp up its living income approach for farmers.
Around 5,000 Fairtrade cocoa farmers in Ben & Jerry’s supply chain will receive approximately an additional $600,000 over the next year. This is on top of the annual Fairtrade Premium of around $970,000.
The extra money farmers will receive is part of Ben & Jerry’s wider efforts to support farmers towards closing the living income gap.
Ben & Jerry’s Global Values-Led Sourcing Manager Cheryl Pinto said: “We’re committed to working for economic justice through our ice cream, and now we’re making history by ramping up our commitment with the cocoa we buy. Starting with the cocoa in our chocolate ice cream mix, we’re working towards the Fairtrade Living Income Reference Price for cocoa farmers, and this is the beginning. We are exploring living incomes in our other global supply chains, too.”