Sustainability baseline assessment for Ritter cocoa supply chains in Cote d´Ivoire, Nicaragua and Nigeria


General Information 

Project type:

Sustainability baseline assessment, data management system analysis


Cote d’Ivoire, Nicaragua and Nigeria




June – October 2019


Cocoa producing farmers in Cote d’Ivoire, Nicaragua and Nigeria


Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG

Partner organizations:

CEFCA for Cote d’Ivoire



About the project

Sustainability of cocoa production is one of the top priorities of the Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG (Ritter), a German chocolate company which exclusively sources certified cocoa products and is committed to source only certified sustainable cocoa. Through this project, SAN is supporting Ritter and its supply chain partners to conduct baseline sustainability assessments of three of its cocoa supply chains.

The project’s objective is to assess the economic, environmental and social sustainability status of some of the company’s cocoa supply chains in Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, and Nigeria. The project will also make recommendations to improve Ritter’s  supply chain data collection and management system.

During farm and producer group visits, in-depth assessment methods for cocoa smallholder livelihoods, forest protection and environmental practices will be applied. SAN experts will cover a representative sample of family farms, producer groups, buying stations and traders for the assessments.


At the end of the project, SAN will deliver a root-cause analysis of assessment findings for the three supply chains in Cote d’Ivoire, Nicaragua and Nigeria and will propose measures to address the identified needs for the cocoa sustainability programs of Ritter and its supply chain partners.