Divine Chocolate Ltd

Chocolate

London,

United Kingdom

www.divinechocolate.com

About Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate is a company driven by its mission to grow a successful farmer-owned chocolate company using the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage, while also bringing people together to create dignified trading relations, thereby empowering producers and consumers globally.

Founded in 1998, Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is also co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of over 85,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, receives the largest share (44%) of Divine’s distributed profits. Kuapa Kokoo also holds two seats on the Divine Chocolate Board of Directors. Thus, co-ownership gives the farmers more economic stability and increased influence in the cocoa industry.

Through its sourcing of ingredients, Divine has a worldwide reach. In addition to the Fairtrade cocoa that originates from Ghana, Divine sources Fairtrade mangos from Association TON in Burkina Faso, Fairtrade vanilla from Madagascar, Fairtrade coconut from SOFA farmers association in Sri Lanka, Fairtrade almonds from Mountain Fruits Farmers Association in Pakistan, and Fairtrade sugar from Kasinthula Cane Growers Association in Malawi.

Our B Corp Certification is an important third-party validation of our business practices, reflecting not only our total commitment to Fairtrade and co-operative values, but also demonstrating those values running right through the company. These practices include the way we do business and our impact on the environment, our workers, and the communities where we operate. It’s our assurance to consumers and partners that they can feel as confident about the way we run our business as they do about the benefits our products deliver to farmers around the globe.

We believe that it is part of our global leadership role to embrace systems that drive businesses to behave better and empower consumers to make informed choices.

The Change We Seek®

Divine Chocolate seeks to change the way the global chocolate industry does business, and they are demonstrating it’s possible. Divine Chocolate’s success proves that a business driven by a commitment to trading fairly and sustainably – with a social mission at its core – can achieve scale. They can lead the way.

Their vision is a world where chocolate is celebrated and cherished by everyone. They want chocolate lovers to be able to discover the world of chocolate through Divine and ensure they feel they are a part of the story and have a strong connection to their company and the farmers.

They are challenging the terms of world trade and showing that, by owning the largest share of Divine, smallholder farming families are not only sustainably remunerated as suppliers, they are also empowered to invest in their own families, farms, and communities – making their own decisions about their future, and in turn making cocoa farming more attractive to the next generation.

In addition to trading with Divine Chocolate on Fairtrade terms, ensuring the Fairtrade minimum price for cocoa and the Fairtrade premium per metric tonne, Kuapa Kokoo also benefits from two additional income streams: 44% of distributed profits (through co-ownership) and the Producer Support and Development Fund (PS&D). To date, over $3.6 million has been invested in PS&D – finance that is directed specifically towards chosen projects co-managed by Kuapa Kokoo and an NGO partner. The projects are aimed particularly at the empowerment of women, maintaining good governance, and testing different farming techniques.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

October 2016
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

18
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

59
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
102
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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