ICAM has based its approach to business sustainability on the four founding pillars of the company itself: control of the entire supply chain, respect for the environment, attention to people and a propensity for innovation.

It is in this context that the collaboration between ICAM and Carbonsink was born, with the aim of reducing the company’s environmental impact and improving the management of emissions generated along the value chain.

To better understand the climate impact of the cocoa supply chain, the main hotspot of the company’s carbon footprint, we supported ICAM in the detailed analysis of its supply chain.

Within the scope of the project, two key supply chains in ICAM’s supply chain were analysed: Uganda and Peru. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) type analysis applied to these supply chains was supported by a tool developed by Carbonsink specifically for the cocoa supply chain, which simplifies the collection and management of field data and supports its monitoring over time. This tool was designed to be intuitive to use and also applicable to other cocoa supply chains with a view to replicability and simplification.

“Sustainability has always been an identity factor for ICAM: our positioning as an international leader in the organic market is based on it. A vision developed by the President, Dr. Angelo Agostoni, in more than 50 years of relations with South America and Africa, which have led not only to the improvement of cocoa quality but also to the growth of local farming communities. Today, thanks to our collaboration with Carbonsink, we are able to scientifically measure the environmental impact of our approach to sourcing cocoa in Uganda, which is more than three times lower than the world average. But our commitment continues to extend this virtuous approach to the cocoa supply chain to other countries around the world.” – Sara Agostoni, Chief Sustainability Officer ICAM

Results

  • Accurate measurement of supply chain emissions by means of an ad hoc tool, essential for identifying possible reduction actions
  • Improving and simplifying data collection and management
  • Visibility of the carbon footprint to minimise future risks and improve business resilience
  • Concrete and immediate signal in the transition to net-zero