Together for sustainable cocoa
Chocolate bars, Easter eggs, ice cream, sprinkles, biscuits and cakes. This is just a quick glimpse of the wide range of our Boni Selection and Everyday own brand products. What do all these delicacies have in common? Cocoa, sustainably produced in the South.
We opt for 100 % certification
At Colruyt Group, we go for 100% certified cocoa in all our own brand chocolates and chocolate products. A certificate means that the farmers in question make tangible efforts to grow their cocoa responsibly, with respect for people and the environment. There are different European and international sustainability labels, each with its own emphasis. We have chosen two of them: UTZ and Fairtrade.
UTZ: better working methods, better cocoa
We always choose the UTZ label for our Boni Selection and Everyday products which contain chocolate. In addition to social and ecological aspects, the UTZ programme helps small cocoa farmers to improve their outdated methods and working conditions, so that the quality of their beans and their productivity are greatly improved. This gives them a better bargaining position on the international market and raises their standard of living.
The UTZ programme is especially helpful for the nearly 2 million small family businesses in West Africa, many of which often cultivate areas of less than 3 hectares and are not familiar with modern cultivation and processing methods.
Protecting the land, water and natural habitats
The programmes behind sustainability labels such as UTZ make a definite contribution to the environment. Their main concerns are soil, water and waste management, protecting natural habitats and re-establishing biodiversity. How? By teaching farmers good agricultural practices, such as using fewer pesticides or alternative forms of fertilisation.
Fairtrade: a fair price for cocoa
For our Boni Selection BIO products, we opt for the Fairtrade International certificate wherever possible. This fair trade label guarantees farmers fair sales terms and a fixed minimum price for their products. This puts them in a stronger position in the trade chain. And they can therefore take control of their own future.
With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.