ADM entered the cocoa and chocolate businesses in 1997. In 2014, we announced the sale of our chocolate business to Cargill and the sale of our cocoa business to Olam International Limited. These transactions are expected to be complete later in 2015.
During our 18 years in these industries, ADM worked independently and with fellow stakeholders to help improve the quality and sustainability of the global cocoa supply, and the lives and livelihoods of growers and communities along the value chain. Among our most notable contributions:
60,000 = Cocoa growers who participated in ADM’s Socially and Environmentally Responsible Agricultural Practices program, or SERAP—our flagship cocoa-sustainability platform. We designed SERAP to promote sound, sustainable agronomic, economic and social practices, and to support the pivotal roles women play in cocoa cultivation and rural development. The program also promoted vocational education and worked to fight tropical diseases, such as malaria, through preventative health training, and by creating awareness of the importance of clean drinking water, proper sanitation and good nutrition.
$29.2 million = Premiums ADM provided to grower cooperatives from 2005 through Jan. 31, 2015, to promote sustainable cocoa cultivation and better living standards for cocoa farmers and their communities.
48,600 = Côte d'Ivoire farmers participating in 400 ADM Cocoa Technical training program sustainability seminars from 2000 to 2014. The aim has been to teach cocoa growers about labor practices, farm safety, HIV/AIDS prevention, operational transparency, bean quality and environmental stewardship.
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