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Green & Black's
Well on the way Click here for score rapport: 19 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Green & Black's has achieved the B-label. Green & Black's is one of the more sustainable chocolate brands. However, there are some improvements to be made.

Brand owner: Mondelēz International
Head office: Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: Mondelēz International, Fairtrade, Soil Association

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Green & Black's sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 January 2016 by Heinz
Last reviewed: 13 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Green & Black's implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable resources and using energy-efficient water coolers. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Mondelēz International (brand owner of Green & Black's) decreased its total climate footprint from 2,1 million tons of CO2e in 2010 to 2,0 million tons of CO2e in 2013, which represents a decrease of around 2,2% (see link, page CC7 & CC8). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Mondelēz International and Green & Black's report to use energy from renewable sources, but don't communicate any information about the percentage of renewable energy used. Also no reporting about type of energy and sources of supply (see link, page 24). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Mondelēz International has set the target to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions by only 15% from 2013 to 2020 (see link, page 1). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Mondelēz International implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain and gives a complete insight in their Scope 3 emissions of 2013 beyond own operations (see link, page CC14). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

9 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Green & Black's is a 100% organic brand, and all its products are environmentally certified by the Soil Association. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Green & Black's purchases its fillings and ingredients from environmentally certified sources, such as its Sicilian almonds, milk, vanilla and sugar. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Green & Black's only uses environmentally certified palm oil. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Green & Black's implements several measures to reduce its environmental footprint for packaging, such as using FSC certified paper materials. However, neither Green & Black's nor Mondelēz International report its annual packaging material footprint. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Mondelēz International implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, and has reduced net waste by 57% per tonne of product from 2010 to 2014. However, its annual waste materials footprint isn't reported (see link, page 6, 21-24). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Green & Black's implements measures (Belize Program) related to labour conditions, but doesn't mention if payments for smallholder farmers and plantation workers are realized that go beyond social certification schemes. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Green & Black's reports that all its Trinitario cocoa beans are sourced from Fairtrade small-holder farmers in the Dominican Republic & Belize. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Green & Black's reports that fillings such as molasses and vanilla are socially certified (Fairtrade). However, it remains unclear whether its hazelnuts purchased comply with fair labor standards as well. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? It remains unclear whether Green & Black's organic palm oil can be considered socially certified as well. But, its milk is sourced from Germany only, which is a low risk country concerning weak labour conditions. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Green & Black's reports that all its sugar processed is sourced from Fairtrade, small-holder cane growers in Paraguay. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Green & Black's doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source