This report synthesises the findings of a number of studies commissioned by Mondelēz International.
During the course of the research it was noted that women play an important but often unrecognized role in cocoa production. At the same time, women in cocoa communities, both farmers and non-farmers, have significant structural disadvantages that impede not only their own social, economic and physical well-being, but those of their entire community.
Investing in women’s empowerment across the Cocoa Life program is a strategic business investment for Mondelēz International. Empowering women in cocoa-growing communities increases the positive impact on all key human development challenges. The report highlights the fact that for their crops and cocoa-growing communities to thrive, whilst respecting human rights and safeguarding the environment, Mondelēz International must recognise the critical role women play all along the cocoa value chain. Moreover, the benefits of such an approach go well beyond their own communities. According to the World Bank's Gender and Equality Report (2012), “greater gender equality can enhance productivity, improve development outcomes for the next generation, and make institutions more representative.”