Partnerships and collaboration are key to our activities

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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 sustainability programme, Ferrero Farming Values, partnerships and collective engagement.

Research institutes and universities

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.

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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 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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International Labour Organization

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What we do

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

Where we are

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