Silk owner WhiteWave Foods has committed to sourcing 100% sustainable cocoa for use in its food and beverages products in the Americas by 2016.

All WhiteWave brands based in North America, including Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega, Horizon Organic and International Delight, using cocoa as an ingredient will move to sustainable cocoa.

In 2015, 25% of the cocoa WhiteWave used was certified sustainable. By the end of 2016, all cocoa purchased will be certified by UTZ.

“WhiteWave has always worked to be a responsible steward of the environment and do our part to empower the people and communities from which we source our ingredients,” said Blaine McPeak, COO at WhiteWave. “We believe that being a responsible company makes us a better company, and that how we make our products is just as important as what we make. That’s why we’re raising our cocoa sourcing standards, setting an aggressive timeline and utilising credible third parties to verify our progress. This furthers our strong commitment to producing food responsibly, and ultimately changing the way the world eats for the better.”

Han de Groot, executive director of UTZ, added: “We are very pleased with WhiteWave’s commitment to invest in sustainability by making a strong pledge to source responsibly produced cocoa. Partnering with WhiteWave makes it possible for us to fulfil our mission which is to create a world where sustainable farming is the norm.”