What We Do
Sustainable, Social, And Ethical Responsibility
Social And Ethical Commitment
We recognize that we must deliver the best flavor and value as well as the most transparent social position and sustainability practices as part of our overall commitment to customer satisfaction.
- We accept responsibility to assure that all ingredients in our products have been sourced through ethical and socially responsible means
- We work to uphold International Labor Organization (ILO) standards with respect to child labor in cocoa bean harvesting
- We will actively communicate our social responsibility philosophy
- We are committed to a social solution that works for the farmer, the interim handlers, our chocolate supplier, and our customers and consumers
- We will actively strive to get 3rd party certification for all Chocolove products
- We believe true long-term sustainability is the role of business and is not the same as certification
- We will retain the same great flavor in Chocolove while earning certification
- We will retain the trust of Chocolove consumers
- We will continue to offer the best value while earning certifications
- Good flavor at a reasonable price also results in good income for cocoa farmers
Our Program Parts
Chocolove has changed to a new social responsibility certification. Our products are now carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal – the iconic “green frog” – to demonstrate we are sourcing from farms that produce cocoa "grown in ways that benefit farm families, wildlife and the environment." It may be news to some, but Chocolove has for many years sourced the cocoa beans that go into our chocolate from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
World Cocoa Foundation:
We are a contributor to the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). We contribute more than our dues. We were one of the first members who does not actually buy and grind cocoa beans into chocolate. We like that the WCF is farmer-focused and helps all farmers irrespective of whether they sign up for a program. The WCF approach strives to organize and educate farmers on issues of labor, proper use of soil amendments and plant treatments, crop management, and post-harvest handling. All of this with a view to increase farmer knowledge and productivity, which raises farmer income in a self-sustainable way.
USDA Cocoa Preserve:
We fund projects at the USDA Cocoa Research Station. Our funding is spent on a number of projects related to collecting, genetic fingerprinting, and preserving as many varieties of Theobroma cacao as possible. The cocoa seed, unlike most seeds, cannot be stored and remain viable. In order to preserve species the cocoa plant must be kept growing and producing. Part of our funding goes to rapid and mass propagation methods that could make thousands of plants in a short time to respond to disease or weather damaged regions. Saving all the unique varieties we can find maintains genetic diversity so that the farmer has good varieties to plant that can resist disease with minimal or no chemical use and provide good yields with fewer soil amendments. Reducing inputs while reducing loss and increasing yield raises farmer revenue.
Why a Variety of Approaches?
Chocolove takes a variety of approaches towards ethics, social issues, and sustainability, because each program answers a certain need for both the customer and the farmer. We are one party in a supply chain of eight, beginning with the farmer and ending at the consumer. We are fifth in the supply chain: farmer, coop, exporter, roaster grinder (chocolate maker), Chocolove, distributor, store, and consumer. Even though Chocolove is in the middle, we look out for everyone in the supply chain.
We are obviously committed to the consumer as is evident by the quality and flavor of our products. We are also dedicated to our employees and see that they get far more than the minimum wage and health care benefits fully paid, among many other quality of life issues.