Chocolate: tasty, but also fair and sustainable?

In a new project of the University of Osnabrück with us, the chocolate producer Ludwig Weinrich, the research team wants to make visible the impacts of purchase decisions in the producing countries of cocoa – taking the example of Ghana.

Prof. Dr. A. Lenschow, M. Y. Ahlemann, Prof. Dr. M. Franz, J. Rülke, Prof. Dr. S. Engel, I. A. Branga-Peicu, A.-K. Kössler, Dr. C. Felgentreff C. Budde (Ludwig Weinrich GmbH), S. Betzler, Prof. Dr. K. Müller, J. Radeljić (Ludwig Weinrich GmbH)

With 100% certified cocoa (UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, Organic, Naturland) and a holistic sustainability management we at Weinrich want to bring sustainably produced chocolate on the market. However, what matters is, that consumers choose these products in the store.

In a new project of the University of Osnabrück with us, the chocolate producer Ludwig Weinrich, the research team wants to make visible the impacts of purchase decisions in the producing countries of cocoa – taking the example of Ghana.

At the same time, recommendations for smaller and medium-sized companies shall be developed to assess how sustainability related information can be passed on along the supply chain in order to support purchase decisions towards fair and environmentally produced products.

The German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt - DBU) funds that project, lead by Prof. Dr. Martin Franz with 450.000 Euro.