As an organic producer, not only are ecological aspects important to us, but factors pertaining to mankind as well. That is why we are constantly working to sustainably improve the systems for the people at the origin of our raw materials. Of course, we always take a critical and self-reflective view of our actions. We do not presume to know exactly what is better for the local producers. But we listen carefully...

Our cocoa comes from Central America – the Dominican Republic and Panama. It is grown 100% under controlled organic conditions. One type of cocoa is also grown according to the strict biodynamic guidelines of Demeter. This philosophy understands farms as a fully holistic regenerative and self-sustaining cycle, in which humans, plants, animals and the soil all work together as a living farm organism. A particularly appreciative approach to nature and the soil, but also to the people working on the farm, is an integral part of the Demeter concept.

Unlike in the West African cocoa regions, exploitative child labour is not a significant problem in the countries of Latin America. The children usually attend school. Nevertheless, it is important to prevent this problem through targeted preventive work and to nip possible dangers in the bud. We have been doing this for years with our prevention project “KIDS for KIDS”.

In addition, we are currently working with our partners in the Dominican Republic on a programme for particularly sustainable cocoa, whose cultivation criteria exceed the already high standards of the Organic certificate. This programme will initially benefit a group of around 150 cocoa-producing families and focus on the areas of (re)forestation of the farms, training in organic farming and access to drinking water. Of course, the project also includes the payment of additional premiums. The implementation is initially scheduled for four years and will be closely monitored by us.

Please click on the following button to read more about the background and current progress of our “Sustainable Organic Cocoa Project”.

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