We contribute to improving the cashew sector, so farmers can get better yield and income, employee’s better opportunities and consumers a better quality. We are building a fully transparent supply chain to ensure a safe place to work, to contribute to a decent income for workers and farmers and to prevent child labour.
From harvest to processing, it takes about 5000 man-hours to fill one container of cashews. Unfortunately, some steps in the process don’t yet take place under the safest circumstances. Intersnack improved this by introducing single roof processing.
Single roof processing
Our entire production process takes place in our own factories, from the moment we buy the raw cashews until their arrival in Europe. This way we avoid subcontracting and thus prevent bad and unhygienic working conditions and child labour. Our goal is to raise the bar in the sector and achieve full transparency. This is a complex task and we are committed to getting it done.
Getting to know the farmers
We are linking more and more of the thousands of smallholder farmers in our supply chain to our company. This enables us to collaborate on agricultural practices. It helps farmers increase their yield and volumes, resulting in more income to support their families. This way we secure good practices and social compliance. 25 percent of our volume already comes directly from farmer cooperatives, and we are fully committed to extending this to cover our total volume.
A good example is our project in Cambodia. We shorten our supply chain by direct sourcing of raw cashew nuts. It reduces CO2 emissions, it also directly supports 2000 farmers and their families in improving their income and livelihoods. We work together on this project with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). It is funded through the develoPPP program.