Sustainable Cocoa

SUSTAINABLY SOURCED

We care about our chocolate – every step of the process and everyone involved. That’s why our cocoa is sustainably sourced through programs that support farmers and their communities. We believe sustainable practices make for better lives and better chocolate – helping us to make life sweeter.

OUR COMMITMENT

In March 2017, we traveled to cocoa farms in the Dominican Republic to meet the people who start it all.

SUPPORTING WOMEN

Women around the world are facing challenges when it comes to supporting themselves economically. Cocoa farming in West Africa is no different. Given our place in the chocolate industry and the fact that we are a Certified Women Owned Business ourselves, we feel that supporting women cocoa farmers is our best way to pay it forward. We plan to support one group of women in 2017 and grow our support every year.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Q: What does Sustainably Sourced Cocoa mean?

    A: Cocoa that is verified to have been sourced from farms participating in sustainable cocoa practices like paying a cash premium to farmers, productivity training, safe labor practices, and community education programs.

  • Q: Why is sustainably sourcing cocoa important to Edward Marc Brands?

    A: At Edward Marc Brands, our mission is to make life sweeter. This includes everyone we interact with from our consumers to our farmers. We do this by creating high quality, great tasting confections for our consumers to enjoy while striving to support a decent livelihood for our farmers.

  • Q: How does Edward Marc Brands source sustainable cocoa?

    A: Edward Marc Brands pays a premium on the cocoa we buy, part of which will be paid directly to farmers and farmer groups, increasing their income and enabling them to invest in their farms and communities. The rest will be used to further empower cocoa farmers by supporting the implementation of cocoa sustainability activities. We do this through the Cocoa Horizons Foundation.

  • Q: What is the Cocoa Horizons Foundation?

    A: The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is a non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority. Its mission is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development. To learn more, visit www.cocoahorizons.org.

  • Q: Why did Edward Marc Brands choose Cocoa Horizons as its best-fit sustainable sourcing partner?

    A: It has the smallest portion of its costs going into administrative overhead or supply chain operations that the farmers never see and force prices up for consumers.