Partnerships and collaboration are key to our activities

We develop and share knowledge about hazelnut cultivation through long-term partnerships with farming and agricultural research institutes and universities around the world. We are actively working towards a sustainable and responsible value chain through our Agribusiness Development programme, and through partnerships and collective engagement.

Research institutes anduniversities

Our aim with these partnerships and collaborations is to improve hazelnut quality and productivity and to enhance sustainability. A key focus of our efforts going forward will be towards demonstrating the benefits of regenerative agriculture in developing our sustainable approaches to hazelnut cultivation.

Responsible Sourcing partners

Responsible Sourcing partners

We aim to be a driving force behind a hazelnut industry that creates value for all. Responsible sourcing is integral to ensuring a fair, sustainable and transparent value chain. The Ferrero Hazelnut Charter, which has been developed with Earthworm Foundation, outlines Ferrero’s requirements and commitments for the responsible sourcing of hazelnuts. We know more can be achieved together. We are working with trusted partners to continuously improve our value chain and fulfill our commitments in the Charter.

Development cooperation partners

We recognise the importance of long-term collective engagement in addressing social challenges in the sector. For example, we are partnering with the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, on a project in Turkey (November 2020 – March 2024) with the aim of contributing to the elimination of child labour in seasonal agriculture in hazelnut harvesting. The partnership is a public-private partnerships (PPP) bringing together national, regional and local authorities, as well as private sector actors and civil society. Through our Ferrero Farming Values programme, we partner with other stakeholders, including local NGOs and universities to raise awareness and improve social practices.

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Research Institutes and Universities

Università Cattolica del Sacro cuore
Università degli Studi di Torino
Università degli Studi di Salerno
Università degli Studi della Tuscia
Universidad de Concepción
Universidad de Talca
Universidad De La Frontera
University of Guelph
Rutgers University
Oregon State University
Wageningen University & Research
Sabanci University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center
University of Novi Sad
Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
Fondazione Agrion
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Istituto per la BioEconomia
Fondazione Edmund Mach
Ci.Vi Italia
Università di Perugia
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Responsible Sourcing partners

Earthworm Foundation
SCS Global Services
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Development cooperation partners

International Labour Organization
Giresun University

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Created in 2015, Ferrero Hazelnut Company (HCo), a division of the Ferrero Group, brings all of Ferrero’s hazelnut activities together under one structure.


We actively support the improvement of sustainable hazelnut cultivation around the world.