Creating a fairer cocoa sector together

Our challenges related to the cocoa sector

The cocoa sector faces major challenges, which is why we are building our ambitions around three major axes:

  • improving living and working conditions,
  • protecting the environment
  • preserving terroirs and flavor diversity.

Through our long-term partnerships, our knowledge of and close ties with cocoa farmers, our direct relationships with communities in 15 countries, we are committed to promoting fair incomes for farmers, fighting child labor, protecting forests, and achieving carbon neutrality.

Every year, we improve our impact because we believe in empowering cocoa-producing communities. We know there is a long way to go but we are confident that we will be able to move things forward by working closely with all players in the cocoa and chocolate sector.

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Our objectives and progress

100% Traceability

for cacao beans from the producer

17% traceability

for cacao beans from the farm parcel. Target: 100% by 2021

81% of the producer countries

visited at least once per calendar year. Target: 100% by 2021

14 out of our 16 source countries

are part of a long-term partnership

93% of our cacao

purchased through a long-term partnership. Initial Target: 90%

7 years

average lenght of a partnership

100% of producers accompanied

towards agroforestry practices by 2025

Long Term Partnership

At Valrhona, we work to create a fair and sustainable cocoa sector by building close, mutually beneficial relationships with our 18,024 cocoa producers. We do this by forging long-term partnerships with producer organizations who share our vision and focus on quality and traceability.

From the construction of housing and schools to the protection of rare cocoa varieties, the projects we carry out together reflect our commitment to producing communities and the environment.

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Traceability

At Valrhona, 100% of our cocoa is traced from our 18,024 producers around the world.

This traceability is the basis for creating a fair and sustainable industry.

It allows us to know where our cocoa comes from, who harvested it and under what conditions.

This helps to improve the living and working conditions of producers and to fight against deforestation, while guaranteeing the quality of our cocoa beans.

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Protecting the forest and its biodiversity

We are proud to be part of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative through which we join forces with companies and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time – deforestation – and together create a cocoa sector in which producers and forests flourish.

We know we can only create the far-reaching change that is so urgently needed if we all work together.

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Discover more about our partnerships and actions across the world

See our live long map

Our other pillars