Ferrero’s activities to achieve sustainability along its hazelnut value chain include the traceability of this ingredient.
Our hazelnuts come mainly from Turkey, Italy, Chile and the USA. Ferrero is committed to achieving full traceability of its sourced hazelnuts in its hazelnut value chain. Traceability in Ferrero’s hazelnut value chain refers to being able to trace the hazelnuts back to their origin, either the individual farm or “farm cluster”. Achieving this commitment has been challenging in some countries where supply chains are larger and more complex. In other countries, higher levels of traceability have been reached. In Chile and the USA, for example, Ferrero has achieved full traceability.
Where does it come from?
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The hazelnuts used in Nutella® come from hazelnut orchards, which are mainly found in Mediterranean climates. Our hazelnuts come from different parts of the world, but primarily originate in Turkey, Italy and Chile. Turkey’s Black Sea region is the world’s largest producer of hazelnuts, making it our main hazelnut source. Ferrero’s hazelnut expertise dates back to its Italian roots, as the hazelnut supply can also be found in Piedmont – where Ferrero was founded – as well as in Lazio and Campania. The harvest takes place between the beginning of August and the end of September.
To ensure availability of quality and fresh ingredients, we source hazelnuts from countries in the Southern Hemisphere, (representing an additional harvest from February to March). As part of the approach, Ferrero has established hazelnut farms (Agrifarms) in Chile, Argentina, South Africa and Australia, in addition to Georgia and Serbia. Through these Agrifarms, Ferrero is developing a sustainable business model with local farmers, sharing and promoting good agricultural practices (nurseries, training, agronomic assistance, etc). Discover more inside Ferrero’s latest CSR report here.
Sustainability in Hazelnut Sourcing
Ferrero’s sustainability vision aims to improve working conditions of the hazelnut communities where it operates.
Turkey: The Ferrero Farming Values (FFV) program for hazelnuts has been operating in Turkey since 2012. Within this program, Ferrero developed a hazelnut Production Standard in collaboration with SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Global Services, a leading global certification and sustainability services provider. The standard encompasses four major areas: Good Social Practices (GSP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Post-Harvest Quality and Traceability. Through the Ferrero Farming Values (FFV) program, Ferrero works with farmers, mostly smallholders, to empower them with knowledge of good agricultural and social practices. Every year, SCS Global Services joins with local auditing firms, to carry out specific audits of farmers chosen at random. Ferrero has also collaborated with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur International Zusammenarbeit GmbH) to develop a Monitoring & Evaluation System that assesses and reports the progress and impact of social activities and interventions on the ground. This system reflects the collected data from different stakeholders, including farmers, workers, labor brokers and community opinion leaders.
Italy: In Italy, our high-quality hazelnuts have historically been grown in the regions of Piedmont, Lazio and Campania. Therefore, maintaining the sustainable value chain development and preservation in these areas is key. As part of its responsible sourcing plan, Ferrero has collaborated with global assurance providers DNV GL since 2015. This partnership is helping Ferrero to develop concrete actions on the ground with both farmers and associations, including training and field assistance.
Chile: Ferrero’s first agrifarm, Agrichile, was established in 1991 in Chile, which has a favorable climate for hazelnut cultivation. The result of more than 25 years of Agrichile activity has combined the expertise of our agronomists with the skills of Chilean farmers, ultimately creating a full value chain. Ferrero’s own production processes in Chile have been certified in 2019 under the Sustainably Grown standard by accredited certification program, SCS Global Services. It ensures that hazelnuts meet several environmental standards, that farm workers and farm communities are protected and engaged, and that the farm is economically resilient.
Joining Forces with Stakeholders
At Ferrero, we take ethical practices, including better employment practices within the hazelnut value chain, very seriously. Ferrero actively participates in an extended Public-Private Partnership with CAOBISCO (European Association of Chocolate, Biscuits & Confectionery Industries) and the ILO (International Labor Organization) in Turkey, through a project that aims to contribute to the elimination of the worst forms of child labor in seasonal agriculture in hazelnut harvesting. Ferrero is also partnering with Earthworm Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on positively improving value chains, on its responsible sourcing program for hazelnuts.