ZURICH, Switzerland — Barry Callebaut AG and Unilever are teaming to deliver 10,000 pieces of soap to cocoa farming communities in Ivory Coast as part of a joint-response to COVID-19, the chocolate supplier reports.
The World Health Organization recommends that frequent hand washing with soap and water is an important protective measure against the spread of COVID-19. However, in rural communities, access to soap can be difficult.
Unilever supplied the soap, which can be difficult to access in rural communities, while Barry Callebaut managed distribution to Unilever cocoa farmer cooperatives. The donations also include official World Health Organization posters with coronavirus protective instructions, according to the supplier.
In addition to supporting farmers with support and helping disseminate information to remote areas, Barry Callebaut has also strived to continue operations while reducing face-to-face interactions.