For those seeking an alternative to products with sugar, Cloetta offers options such as nuts, chewing gum with xylitol and pastilles. Additionally, we are offering candy with lower sugar and no sugar. We also believe that the major challenge in this context is hidden sugar that is found in various food and beverages. Cloetta’s products are among the most honest, since all consumers are aware that they contain sugar.
Palm oil in and of itself is a very good oil. It is very effective for surfaces and has excellent properties for food production. To prevent negative environmental consequences, Cloetta only uses RSPO-segregated palm oil, which means that the oil is produced sustainably and does not contribute to destruction of rainforests. However, the small amount of palm oil that was previously used in the glazing of a number of candy products, to give them a protective surface and prevent them becoming sticky, has been exchanged for alternative oil.
Within our Sustainable Sourcing programme, we focus on improving the performance of our suppliers and sourcing raw materials in a way that protects or improves the environmental and social impacts in the supply chain. Our work is based on Cloetta’s Supplier Code of Conduct, which covers human and labour rights, business ethics, anti-corruption, health and safety, environmental protection and the Cloetta Quality Agreement, covering both product quality and food safety. Suppliers are obliged to adhere to these governance documents and report any changes in their operations that may lead to deviations from agreements with us. Cloetta purchases 100 per cent certified cocoa and palm oil by third parties and biodiversity protection is a central requirement in these certification programmes.
We have set our science-based target and activated a company-wide Climate Action Programme, to address and set a target of reducing our absolute scopes 1, 2 & 3 emissions by 46 per cent by 2030, with 2019 as our baseline year. Our ambition behind this target is to keep our footprint from contributing to a global increase in temperature beyond 1.5°C.
The risk for incidents of child labour is not high for Cloetta’s first-tier suppliers. However, in the agricultural sector child labour is a problem. We work actively with suppliers and NGOs to prevent and manage the risk of child labor in our supply chain. Poverty is one of the root causes of child labor. Therefore, it is important that farmers earn an income that enables them and their families to support themselves. Cloetta is participating in a two-year pilot project driven by the Rainforest Alliance, to test a tool that helps companies pay the living income gap directly to cocoa farmers. This is one way we hope to create thriving rural communities for the farmers, helping to alleviate poverty and thus reduce the occurrence of child labour as well as improved environmental agricultural methods.