Mondelez International Sends Employees on Skills-Exchange Mission to Ghana Cocoa Farming Communities

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DEERFIELD, Ill., Oct. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In October, Mondelēz International will be sending 15 employees from 11 countries around the world to learn and serve in cocoa-farming communities in Ghana. During this two-week skills exchange program, these “Joy Ambassadors” will hear directly from farmers the challenges and opportunities in securing a sustainable cocoa supply, while sharing their diverse business skills. 

Now in its third year, the Joy Ambassador program is part of the company’s Call For Well-being, which focuses on fueling growth and making a positive impact for future generations. This year, the program’s theme is centered on enhancing the capacity of cocoa farmers’ societies, which are critical stakeholders in the supply chain. These cooperatives provide individual cocoa farmers with increased access to markets and inputs, and serve as a hub to share best practices. The Joy Ambassadors will help train cooperative and community leaders on developing their business management skills to help enhance cooperatives’ participation, collaboration and engagement.

As the largest buyer of cocoa in the world, Mondelēz International is committed to ensuring a sustainable cocoa supply chain by implementing programs on the ground, most notably Cocoa Life. Launched in 2012, this $400 million program aims to empower over 200,000 farmers and more than one million people in six key cocoa growing origins …

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