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Tony's Chocolonely
Top brand: Buy! Click here for score rapport: 21 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Tony's Chocolonely has achieved the A-label. Tony's Chocolonely is one of the most sustainable chocolate brands and we therefore recommend buying this brand.

Brand owner: Tony's Chocolonely
Head office: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Drinks, Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, EU organic

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Tony's Chocolonely sustainability score report

Last edited: 12 January 2016 by Annika
Last reviewed: 12 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Tony's Chocolonely implements several measures concerning climate protection, such as measuring the climate impact of its own operations (see link, page 79). 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? Tony's Chocolonely mentions that the climate footprint is measured. However, only relative, but no total results are published (see link, page 79). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Tony's Chocolonely doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources. 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? Tony's Chocolonely doesn't communicate concrete information on total target reductions for its greenhouse gas emissions. 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? Tony's Chocolonely mentions that the company will closely work together with the cocoa producers to achieve a carbon neutral product. However, Tony's Chocolonely doesn't yet provide clear results on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain. 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? Tony's Chocolonely sources 100% of its cocoa from Fairtrade (Max Havelaar) certified sources (see link, page 15 & 22). 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? Tony's Chocolonely uses various organic and / or Fairtrade certified fillings for its chocolate, such as nougat, bananas or coconut (see link, page 73). Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? Tony's Chocolonely sources (partly mass balance) Fairtrade certified sugar (from Mauritius or West-Europe) (see link, page 30 & 73). Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Tony's Chocolonely doesn't use palm oil for its chocolate. 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? Tony's chocolonely implements several measures related to more sustainable product packaging, such as using FSC certified paper materials, but doesn't publish the packaging volumes/weights per material type. 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? Tony's Chocolonely doesn't communicate concrete results about its waste reduction policies (including its annual waster materials footprint). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

11 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? Tony's Chocolonely reports that since 2014/15 all the cocoa cooperatives receive a Tony’s premium of 25% (incl. Fairtrade premium). Thereby, Tony's Chocolonely premium accounts for around 47%, next to the Fairtrade premium (53%) (see link, page 65). 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? See remark for Labour Conditions question 1. Furthermore, Tony's Chocolonely sources 100% of its cocoa from Fairtrade (Max Havelaar) certified sources (see link, page 15 & 22). 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? Tony's Chocolonely sources various Fairtrade certified fillings for its chocolate, such as nougat, bananas or coconut. Furthermore, its hazelnuts are sourced from the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and Spain (see link, page 73). Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? Tony's Chocolonely reports that its milk is sourced from West-European countries only, such as Germany (see link, page 40 & 73). Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Tony's Chocolonely sources (partly mass balance) Fairtrade certified sugar only, from Mauritius or West-Europe (see link, page 73). 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? Tony's Chocolonely is transparent about all active cocoa suppliers (see link, page 57). Source