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Milka
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Sustainability summary

Milka has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Milka is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Mondelēz International
Head office: Deerfield, Illinois, USA
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: Mondelēz International

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Milka sustainability score report

Last edited: 26 January 2016 by Eva
Last reviewed: 26 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

2 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Mondelēz International (brand owner of Milka) implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as using renewable energy and implementing energy efficiency measures (see link, page 24). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Mondelēz International decreased its total climate footprint from 2,1 million tons of CO2e in 2010 to 2,0 million tons of CO2e in 2013, which represents a decrease of around 2,2% (see link, page CC7 & CC8). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Mondelēz International reports to use energy from renewable sources, but doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of renewable energy used. Also no reporting about type of energy and sources of supply (see link, page 24). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Mondelēz International has set the target to reduce its absolute CO2 emissions by only 15% from 2013 to 2020 (see link, page 1). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Mondelēz International implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain and gives a complete insight in their Scope 3 emissions of 2013 beyond own operations (see link, page CC14). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Mondelēz International states that 12% of its cocoa was sustainable sourced within its “Cocoa Life” program in 2014. But, environmental standards of its programme aren't clearly reported (see link, next question). Also, accordance to eligible environmental certification schemes isn't specified (see link, page 10). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Mondelēz International doesn't report complete environmental certification for at least one type of filling for its Cote d'Or products. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? Mondelēz International doesn't report complete environmental certification for at least one type of ingredient for its Cote d'Or products. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Mondelēz International sources RSPO certified palm oil for 100% of its products since end of 2015. But, type of RSPO certification isn't specified. Also, its palm kernel oil isn't RSPO certified yet (see link, page 19). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Mondelēz International implements several measures to reduce its environmental footprint for packaging. However, its annual packaging material footprint isn't published yet (see link, page 6, 21-22). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Mondelēz International implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, and has reduced net waste by 57% per tonne of product from 2010 to 2014. However, its annual waste materials footprint isn't reported (see link, page 6, 21-24). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Mondelēz International launched the “Cocoa Life” program. However, clear results concerning improved income for farmers, that goes beyond certification, aren't yet reported (see link, page 12-15).  Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Mondelēz International states that 12% of its cocoa was sustainable sourced within its “Cocoa Life” program in 2014. However, accordance to eligible social certification schemes such as Fairtrade isn't specified (see link, page 10). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Mondelēz International doesn't communicate whether its fillings are purchased from socially certified sources. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? Mondelēz International doesn't communicate whether its ingredients are purchased from socially certified sources. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Mondelēz International doesn't communicate concrete information on sourcing socially certified sugar. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Neither Mondelez International nor Milka provides a significant list of direct suppliers. Source