Critical raw materials: maximal care for minimal risks.

The cultivation of agricultural raw materials requires a great deal of space, and it has an impact on humans, animals and nature. That is why we choose our producers along the value chain very carefully: we prioritise the gentle use of natural resources and conduct fair business relationships under socially agreeable conditions. 


HALBA’s procurement strategy attaches particular importance to the way in which critical raw materials are utilised. These materials are of enormous economic importance for HALBA as a production company, but their cultivation and processing comes with increased social and environmental risks. Heightened diligence is a must.

As a division of the Coop Group, HALBA refers to the list of critical raw materials used by its parent company, Coop. HALBA has classified 16 raw materials as critical:

  • Cocoa: cocoa beans, butter (and other derivatives).
  • Nuts: hazelnuts, almonds, cashews.
  • Dried fruit: sultanas, apricots, mangoes, coconuts.
  • Fats and oils/emulsifiers: coconut/oil, palm oil, soya lecithin.
  • Pulses/seeds/grains: quinoa, beans, sesame.
  • Animal products: milk, eggs.


In the segments for chocolate, snacks and baking & cooking ingredients, HALBA has already implemented successful sustainability projects related to critical raw materials:

HALBA has set itself the goal of implementing at least one sustainability standard for 80 per cent by volume of critical raw materials by 2026. In addition to its existing sustainability projects, it will launch at least one further project for the critical raw material of nuts.