The chocolate industry has for years gotten much of its cocoa from the destruction of national parks and protected areas. Mighty Earth is working to transform the industry, and provide habitat for endangered species like forest elephants and chimpanzees.  In the cocoa heartland of West Africa, we are working to conserve and restore forests. Globally, we work to ensure that any future expansion is responsible so that people can finally enjoy chocolate without worrying about its ecological consequences.

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Reports

Easter Consumer Report 2019


April 2019

We updated our purchasing guide this year, adding a ‘Rotten Egg’ award and a ‘Most Improved Award’ as well as dozens of new companies. Download

Behind the Wrapper


December 2018

Despite the chocolate industry’s pledge to cease sourcing cocoa linked to deforestation one year ago, a new Mighty Earth report finds that deforestation in West Africa for cocoa has continued, and in some cases has increased.

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Easter Consumer Report 2018


March 2018

Mighty Earth created a purchasing guide to help consumers understand which major chocolate companies are doing the best job so far to protect forests, and which are lagging behind.

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Kissed by Deforestation


February 2018

Mighty Earth undertook mapping of cocoa-producing regions in four countries outside of West Africa and found a high risk of deforestation in various cocoa-producing areas. Detailed satellite mapping found large-scale deforestation within cocoa-producing regions of Indonesia, Cameroon, Peru, and Ecuador.

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Chocolate’s Dark Secret


September 2017

The report finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

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Updates

Standing up for forests and farmers


Mighty Earth applauds the government of Cote d’Ivoire for seeking to better protect its forests today, and for its willingness to move towards a greener future, putting behind the bitter past of losing 85% of its forests since 1990.

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Cargill Named “Worst Company in the World”


New report documents US-based agribusiness giant's "ineptitude and incoherence at a grand scale."

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Meet “Chocopec” – Can a new minimum price give cocoa farmers a living income?


For too long, cocoa cultivation has been synonymous with extreme poverty.

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Time for the European Union to act to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa sector


Following the release of highly concerning data from the Global Forest Watch, we—the undersigned organisations working in the fields of environment, human rights, and agriculture—urge you to take action to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa sector.

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New Dutch Law Combats Child Labor, Highlights Need for EU-Wide Standards on Cocoa


We are pleased to share excellent news from the Netherlands, where the Dutch Senate has approved a law that will combat the scourge of child labor by holding companies accountable for labor practices throughout their supply chains.

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Earth Day – Reflecting on environmental reforms in the cocoa industry in the past year


Earth Day is a time for us to reflect on the past year and look to the future. Today, Senior Advisor Etelle Higonnet shares news and updates from Mighty Earth’s campaign to make the chocolate industry sustainable.

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Mighty Earth Publishes 2019 Easter Buyer’s Guide for Environmental Chocolate


In advance of the Easter holiday, advocacy organization Mighty Earth released today, an environmental buyers’ guide for sustainable chocolate. The guide assesses 57 chocolate companies’ environmental policies and practices to provide consumers with an easy reference when buying chocolate for friends and family.

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Victory: Largest Cocoa Company in Ghana Joins Push for Sustainability


As a result of advocacy by Mighty Earth and the hard work of others including the World Cocoa Foundation, the biggest cocoa company in Ghana, PBC Limited, has joined the Cocoa Forest Initiative to end deforestation and restore forest areas.

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Germany Calls for EU Regulations to Address Deforestation and Child Labour in Cocoa Industry


In groundbreaking news for the chocolate industry, Germany has called for European-wide “binding regulations” to address deforestation and child labour in the cocoa industry.

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New Report: Corporate Promises Failing to Stop Cocoa-Driven Deforestation


Despite the chocolate industry’s pledge to cease sourcing cocoa linked to deforestation one year ago, a new Mighty Earth report finds that deforestation in West Africa for cocoa has continued, and in some cases has increased.

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Belgium joins France in calling for an EU due diligence cocoa law


For the first time, Belgium has called on the European Commission to regulate the cocoa supply chain, including through a “due diligence cocoa law”. France made the same call, last month.

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Cocoa Countdown to Christmas


Join us this month to fight for chocolate that's good for people and the planet, with a different action each day on our Advent Calendar.

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Colombia Becomes First Country in Latin America to Commit to Deforestation-Free Chocolate


Mighty Earth applauds Colombia’s decision, announced today, to join the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a global effort to ensure deforestation-free cocoa.

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EU legislation must end child labour and deforestation in the cocoa supply chain


A group of civil society organisations are calling on the EU to pass legislation to end severe human rights violations and environmental destruction in cocoa supply chains.

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How to Buy Chocolate for Easter Without Killing Sloths


It’s Easter. The holiday season is chock-full of scenes of celebration: bunnies, decorations, and eggs. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate. The week surrounding Easter has the highest consumption of chocolate in the year.  

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Your Cocoa, Kissed By Deforestation


New research shows that cocoa is driving ongoing deforestation in other regions of the world, from Asia to the Amazon. Mighty Earth undertook mapping of cocoa-producing regions in four countries outside of West Africa and found a high risk of deforestation in various cocoa-producing areas.

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Les « Bonnes choses de 2017 » : le travail de Mighty Earth sur le chocolat figure sur la liste du Guardian.


Amid a sometimes tumultuous year for the environment, there were also major climate achievements. Mighty Earth’s work in the chocolate industry was listed as one of the Guardian’s “Things that went right in 2017”.

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Mighty Earth work on chocolate listed as one of the Guardian’s “Things that went right in 2017”


Amid a sometimes tumultuous year for the environment, there were also major climate achievements. Mighty Earth’s work in the chocolate industry was listed as one of the Guardian’s “Things that went right in 2017”.

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Today’s Big Chocolate Industry Announcement – What It Means


After a bitter past, the chocolate industry is off to a sweet new start when it comes to protecting forests, as it agreed today to end deforestation for cocoa in West Africa.

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Guest Post: Young Conservationist’s Response to Mighty’s Chocolate Investigation


I’m Hannah and I’m 10 years old. I live in Manchester, England. And here is how Mighty Earth inspired me to try and spread the word.

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Six Maps that Explain the Ivory Coast Cocoa Crisis


Mighty partnered with MapHubs to map deforestation linked to Cocoa in the Ivory Coast. Leo Bottrill and Kris Carle, MapHubs’ Founders, explain through six maps how this was possible.

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La destruction de parcs nationaux par l’industrie du chocolat révélée par une enquête


Une nouvelle enquête menée par Mighty Earth et intitulée L’amère déforestation du chocolat, révèle qu’une quantité importante du cacao avec lequel Mars, Nestlé, Hershey, Godiva et d’autres grandes marques fabriquent leur chocolat est cultivée illégalement dans des parcs nationaux et des aires protégées en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana.

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Investigation Links Chocolate to Destruction of National Parks


A new investigation by Mighty Earth, “Chocolate’s Dark Secret,” finds that a large amount of the cocoa used in chocolate produced by Mars, Nestle, Hershey’s, Godiva, and other major chocolate companies was grown illegally in national parks and other protected areas in Ivory Coast and Ghana.

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La crise du chocolat


Today, the world’s largest chocolate makers met with the Prince of Wales to discuss solutions to the chocolate industry’s biggest problem: the destruction of rainforests to make way for large-scale chocolate production.

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The Chocolate Crisis


Today, the world’s largest chocolate makers met with the Prince of Wales to discuss solutions to the chocolate industry’s biggest problem: the destruction of rainforests to make way for large-scale chocolate production.

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