The responsibility towards humanity and nature is an important benchmark of our daily work. Therefore, we do our utmost to respect all those involved in the value chain and to protect the environment.
On the following pages, we present some of our values and activities in the fields of raw material procurement, environmental protection, social aspects as well as our first sustainability report.
Cocoa is the raw material around which our daily work revolves. Therefore, it is very important to us to respect its value and to support the people who grow and harvest it. Since 2014, we have completely converted our production to 100% sustainable certified cocoa. We only use cocoa that is certified organic, Naturland, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance or UTZ.
We use other important raw materials in our chocolates in addition to cocoa such as sugar, nuts or milk for which we also strive for a transparent and sustainable supply chain. We do not use genetically modified raw materials and additives in our chocolates.
As an active member of the multi-stakeholder initiative German Initiative for Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) we are committed to improving the living conditions of cocoa producers, to conserve biodiversity and to increase commercialization of sustainable produced cocoa. Within the German Initiative for Sustainable Cocoa the PRO PLANTEURS project in Ivory Coast is particularly noteworthy. The project aims to professionalise 20,000 family cocoa-producing farms and their organisations in the south-eastern regions of Côte d'Ivoire in order to improve the living conditions of their families. The project aims to provide women in particular, with opportunities to optimise their income so that a better nutritional foundation is created for their families in order to have a positive impact on their living conditions.
In 2016, we were delighted to receive the CSR Prize OWL. The CSR Prize OWL is awarded to small and medium-sized companies from the region that are actively committed to economic, ecological and socially responsible business practices. Our corporate responsibility in the areas of market, workplace/employee, environment and community was examined and awarded. We are very proud of this.
This year we once again applied and received a certificate as a nominated company for the CSR Award OWL 2020. The jury especially praised our long-standing social commitment.
"Weinrich's CSR commitment is not only so convincing because it has a multifaceted concept and covers the key areas of market relevance, employee orientation, environmental friendliness and community. It is also exemplary because it has been consistently developed over the years, linking the various levels of action and thus providing a coherent overall picture. Hopefully, it will also encourage imitation. "*
*Statement of Dr. Christoph von der Heiden, managing director of the IHK Ostwestfalen zu Bielefeld for the areas industry, public relations, national economy, innovation and environment. Juror of the CSR Prize OWL 2020.