Thanks to the report highlighting the key risks areas for women in the supply chain, Nestlé could determine a tri-focal action plan.
Promoting equal opportunities: Nestlé worked with their suppliers to organise gender training for all cooperatives, including field staff, in the Côte d’Ivoire Nestlé Cocoa Plan. This involved challenging perceptions of women’s role in the cocoa sector and encouraged more leadership positions to be given to women.
Giving women a voice: Local women’s associations were established with the support of Nestlé. The enterprise also facilitated further training on topics emphasised by these associations such as health.
Helping to increase women’s income: The average woman in cocoa-growing communities works 16 hours per day, including household work, farm work and other income-based activities. The report emphasised the need for supplementing their income and Nestlé responded by supporting improved food production by women, both for their families and for sale.