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 awarded the CSR OWL prize, whereby our corporate responsibility was evaluated and distinguished in four areas:
Market, Workplaces / Employees, Environment, Common Good