Is Your Favorite Chocolate Company a Good Egg? The Newest Edition of Chocolate Scorecard is Released

Just in time for Easter, the 5th edition of the Good Egg Awards was released, which is based on the annual Chocolate Scorecard. This resource helps both consumers and stakeholders understand a chocolate company’s performance in terms of how they address human rights and environmental challenges. According to the methodology, many companies use the scorecard for the development of their own roadmaps. The initiative is coordinated by Be Slavery Free, with the involvement of participating universities and key related groups. Seven categories were evaluated: Traceability and Transparency, Living Income, Child Labour, Gender Equality, Deforestation and Climate, Agroforestry, and Agri-Chemical Management.

These are the “Good Eggs” that lead the industry in policy and practice:

  • Original Beans – Good Egg Award
  • Beyond Good – Good Egg Award
  • Ritter – Good Egg Award
  • Tony’s – Achievement Award – Leading the industry in policy and practice in each of the last five Chocolate Scorecards.
  • Chocolatemakers – Innovation Award – Creative and innovative approach to reducing carbon footprint
  • Lidl – Gender Award – Overall gender strategy for cocoa
  • Pladis – Gender Award – Overall gender strategy for cocoa

The largest cocoa traders and chocolate manufacturers in the industry participated in the initiative with each company being ranked on key issues. Scorecards are broken down by 1) Medium and Large Companies, 2) Small Companies, and 3) Retailers.

Check the full scorecards here to see where your favorite chocolate product lands.

Interesting detailed insights on findings from each of the seven categories are also provided. For example, for Traceability and Transparency (mostly directly quoted):

  • There is a large spike in traceable cocoa volumes this year due to upcoming EU Deforestation Regulation. 
  • Traceability to country of origin has increased by 27%, to farmer group or community level by 19%, and to farm level by 19%. 
  • Concerning mapping of farms, companies claim to already have 64% of their supply chain GPS or polygon mapped, compared to 55% of cocoa supply that needs to be EUDR compliant. 

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