Mondeléz and Save the Children
Mondeléz International is one of the world’s largest snack companies and one of Save the Children’s Global Partners. Core to Mondeléz International's strategy is the belief that business growth is directly linked to people’s well-being, both individually and globally. To that end, they launched the “Call For Well-being.”
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Mondeléz International and its Foundation’s partnership with Save the Children focuses on two core areas: 1) instilling lifelong healthy behaviors and the ability to make smart nutritional choices in children and families, and 2) empowering cocoa-farming communities.
A Global Partnership – Snacks with a Cause
Healthy Lifestyle Community Program
The Mondeléz International Foundation invests in innovative community programs and partners to help improve the lives of some of the 2.1 billion overweight and obese people worldwide. Mondeléz is working with partners, including Save the Children, to address this significant health concern for the next generation through a three-pronged approach: offering nutrition education, promoting active play and providing access to fresh foods.
Mexico – In Mexico City, State of Mexico, and Puebla, all sites where Mondelēz International has operations, our partnership focuses on health and nutrition services in school, skills-based education on health and nutrition and creating a safe and enabling environment for children. We also work to build community participation and public policy that support healthy habits, good nutrition and fitness. This four-year project runs from 2015 through 2019 and aims to reach more than 17,400 children aged 2 to 13
Italy – The Mondeléz International Foundation collaborates with Save the Children to better the well-being of children in some of Italy’s poorest areas through the Ready, Steady, Go! program. This partnership has created real and lasting change in the lives of thousands of girls and boys who would otherwise have had no access to physical activities or opportunities to improve their nutrition behaviors. Thanks to the Mondeléz International Foundation’s generosity, children, parents and families taking part in Ready, Steady, Go! have better knowledge about nutrition and have altered their lifestyles, attitudes and habits so they are leading healthier lives.
India – The goal of the Mondeléz International Foundation’s collaboration in India is to improve eating behaviors, encourage healthy habits and facilitate access to community-based health, nutrition and childhood development services. This three-year program, available in 41 communities, hopes to reach more than 40,000 children and over 32,000 mothers to:
- Increase awareness, knowledge and practices related to healthy lifestyles and nutrition
- Promote regular play/sports to help children and youth stay active and fit
- Decrease obesity and overweight among children
- Increase the number of households using fresh fruits/vegetables
Cocoa Life is Mondeléz International’s holistic cocoa program, built on the belief that empowered, thriving communities are an essential foundation for sustainable cocoa farming.
In 2015, Mondeléz expanded its partnership with Save the Children to include a three-year Cocoa Life program in Indonesia. Together, we’re working to help ensure sustainable income for cocoa farmers and to increase community-based development. We anticipate reaching 14,000 farmers (8,000 in Lampung and 6,000 in Soppeng/South Sulawesi), while engaging 6,000 women and 6,000 youth through 2018.
Cocoa Life is an integrated approach that addresses five focus areas that are key to ensuring the success and viability of cocoa-farming communities – Farming, Community, Livelihoods, Youth and Environment. The Cocoa Life program also conducts advocacy and mobilizes local government engagement and support.
Mondeléz International employees support Save the Children both globally and locally. Through the Leadership for Performance initiative, the company’s senior leaders partner with us to formulate innovative ways to address global challenges. On the local level, Mondeléz International employees in Italy, India and Mexico are involved with various aspects of our joint projects. They have helped rehabilitate recreational centers, met with children and parents and helped raise community awareness on the issues we are tackling together
India: Save the Children, in consultation with Mondeléz India, planned and organized employee engagement activities across 10 locations where Mondeléz India has a presence. Mondeléz volunteers participated in activities such as hand-washing demonstrations in schools and communities, cleanliness drives in villages, drawing competitions, active play sessions and cooking demonstrations on preparing nutritious food.
Italy: Mondeléz Italy employees have taken part in the Ready, Steady, Go! project since 2011 through activities tailored to take advantage of their attitudes, hobbies and talents. They have helped create fruit and vegetable gardens in Milan, helped clean up a playground in Naples and pruned trees and flowers in a park in Sassari, making it a more pleasant place to relax and play. These engagements were so successful that, in 2014, volunteers interested in photography were invited to take pictures of their colleagues at work. The photos were presented in an exhibition at Rome’s historic Palazzo Ruspoli in January 2014.
Mexico: In Mexico, Mondeléz International corporate volunteers participate in weight and height measurement programs in schools in Mexico City and Puebla. A large-scale corporate volunteer activity – Mondeléz Circus – is planned for October 2015, during the company’s annual Global Volunteer Month.
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