The entire range of Nestle chocolates and biscuits sold in the UK and Ireland will be made entirely from sustainable cocoa from the new year.
Managing director of the York-based company Andrew McIver said Nestle is the first major confectionery company in this country to achieve the "landmark milestone".
The company says it will create 1,900 new job opportunities for young people in Nestle UK and Ireland over the next three years. They aim to increase the number of apprentices and graduates and provide hundreds of paid work experience placements.
Almost a quarter of Nestle's workforce is in York. We talk to Fiona Kendrick Nestle Chief Executive.
Nestle UK, Chief Executive, Fiona Kendrick says the 1900 new jobs the company is offering to young people will include apprenticeships, graduate posts, work experience and the company's new Fast Start programme.
Food giant Nestle says it will create a "substantial number" of new jobs for young people at its York plant. The firm plans to employ sixteen hundred people across the UK over the next three years.
Food giant Nestle, which has a factory in York, is to create 1,600 jobs across the UK for young people over the next three years, and hundreds of paid work experience placements.
The jobs will range from sales assistants to business management as well as working on the shop floor.
Chief executive Fiona Kendrick said: "Sadly, young people are stuck in a catch-22 situation - they can't get a job without experience, but can't get experience without a job.
"As employers we value young people with experience, so we have to provide them with enough opportunities to gain it."
Nestle said it will offer 300 paid work experience placements in its factories, offices and sales teams as well as helping social enterprise group MyKindaCrowd to give skills and training to more than 12,000 school and college students.
The placements will be for four weeks.
Skills minister Matthew Hancock said: "The food and drink industry is facing a
pressing skills gap and it is critical that businesses take action to engage and
attract young people into the sector.
"I welcome all businesses who offer high-quality work experience, which is
vital for youngsters and firms to bridge the gap between school, college and
work and help build a talent pipeline for the future.
"It is encouraging that Nestle, as a large UK employer, are helping to open up opportunities for young people across their business."