Monday 23 May 2022

Barry Callebaut recognized as a leader in transparency on deforestation by CDP

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ZURICH, Switzerland – Out of nearly 12,000 companies which were scored by CDP in 2021, Barry Callebaut is one of 24 high-performing companies, securing a place on CDP’s prestigious ‘A List’. After ranking for four years in a row as a CDP global climate leader with a score of A- for our climate reduction efforts, we are now for the first time, making the ‘A List’ as a leader in corporate action and transparency on deforestation.

CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2021, over 590 investors with over US$110 trillion in assets and 200 major purchasers with US$5.5 trillion in procurement spend requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform.

A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess companies, allocating a score on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets.

This year, a record-breaking 12,000 companies were scored. Through significant demonstrable action to tackle deforestation in our supply chain and source more sustainable commodities, we are one out of 24 companies ranked in the ‘A-List’ by CDP for global forests stewardship. In addition, we received for the fourth consecutive year an “A-” for our carbon reduction efforts.

Pablo Perversi, Chief Innovation, Sustainability & Quality Officer; Global Head of Gourmet, said:

“This is our fourth consecutive year of being recognized as a leader by CDP, which shows tremendous appreciation of our Forever Chocolate progress to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. It is an enormous challenge, but the recognition by CDP is testimony to the dedication of our people, every day, to continue to innovate, scale and remain focussed on our sustainability efforts.”

Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, said:

“ Many congratulations to all the companies on this year’s A List. Taking the lead on environmental transparency and action is one of the most important steps businesses can make, even more so in the year of COP26 and the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report. The scale of the risk to businesses from climate change, water insecurity and deforestation can no longer be ignored, and we know the opportunities of action far outweigh the risks of inaction. Leadership from the private sector is essential for securing global ambitions for a net-zero, nature positive and equitable world. Our A List celebrates those companies who are preparing themselves to excel in the economy of the future by taking action today.”

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