A new Swiss organization is pushing to make the cocoa industry more environmentally and socially responsible. Central to the group’s efforts is a pledge to ensure that at least 80 percent of imported cocoa products in Switzerland will come from sustainable production, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation reports.
The Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa was launched last week and announced by Chocosuisse, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and nongovernmental organizations such as Swisscontact and Helvetas. Cocoa producers involved with the new program agreed to work toward 10 objectives; the central being a pledge that by 2025, at lease 80 percent of cocoa products being imported will be sustainably produced. Meeting these goals would make Switzerland’s cocoa industry a leader and pioneer in sustainable cocoa production and distribution.
Switzerland is the world’s biggest consumer of chocolate.
Switzerland has the highest per-capita consumption of chocolate worldwide, with the average Swiss resident consuming 19.8 pounds of the stuff each year. And although Switzerland isn’t the biggest producer of cocoa (that distinction goes to Côte d'Ivoire), the country is known for its beautiful, high-quality and totally delicious chocolate products.