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Addressing Unsustainable Practices in the Coconut Supply Chain Through the Sustainable Coconut Partnership

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Coconuts are primarily grown in tropical climates, with more than 70% of global coconut oil production coming from the Philippines and Indonesia. The coconut trees are known for being associated with a lower level of deforestation compared to other tropical foods like palm oil, coffee, and cocoa. However, it is important to note that sustainable practices are still a concern within the coconut industry.

The Sustainable Coconut Partnership has been launched to address these sustainability issues. The partnership, which includes industry leaders like Barry Callebaut, Nestlé, and Unilever, aims to establish best practices and impact programs, as well as to harmonize industry requirements for supply chain partners.

Coconut is a versatile fruit used in a variety of food and beverage products, including chocolate, coconut water, and coconut oil. While coconut production is considered more sustainable than other crops, such as palm oil, there are still environmental and social sustainability risks associated with it.

The Sustainable Coconut Partnership has outlined three main impact areas: increasing smallholder farmers’ income, enhancing supply chain traceability, and preventing deforestation and climate change. The partnership’s assurance system aims to publicly recognize members’ progress in sustainability, and it is designed to be more inclusive than other certification schemes on the market.

In summary, the Sustainable Coconut Partnership aims to advance sustainability in the coconut industry by addressing social and environmental sustainability risks, and establishing best practices to promote sustainable coconut production.

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