Divine Chocolate Ltd
City of London, United Kingdom
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 co-owned by cocoa farmers. Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of 100,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana, owns the largest share (44%) and holds two seats on the Board of Directors. In addition to paying a Fairtrade premium, Divine invests 2% of its income in farmer-led programmes focusing on five areas of action: achieving Gender Justice, training in Sustainable Agriculture, improving Labour Standards, encouraging Strong Democratic Organisations, and ensuring Learning and Leading. Most recently the company has been working with more West African cocoa farmers in Sao Tome, and in Sierra Leone, investing in innovative programmes including enabling women to secure their land rights, and developing Forest-Friendly farming to protect the rainforest.
Overall B Impact Score
The Governance Impact Area evaluates a company's overall mission, engagement around its social and environmental impact, ethics, and transparency. This section also evaluates the ability of a company to protect their mission and formally consider stakeholders in decision making through their corporate structure (e.g. benefit corporation) or corporate governing documents.
The Workers Impact Area evaluates a company's contributions to its employees' financial security, health and safety, wellness, career development, as well as overall engagement and satisfaction. In addition, this section recognizes business models designed to benefit workers, such as companies that are at least 40% owned by non-executive employees and those that have workforce development programs to support individuals with barriers to employment.
The Community Impact Area evaluates a company's engagement with and impact on the communities in which it operates, hires from, and sources from. Topics include diversity, equity, and inclusion; economic impact; civic engagement; charitable giving; and supply chain management. In addition, this section recognizes business models that are designed to address specific community-oriented problems, such as poverty alleviation through fair trade sourcing or distribution via microenterprises, producer cooperative models, locally focused economic development, and formal charitable giving commitments.
The Environment Impact Area evaluates a company's overall environmental management practices as well as its impact on the air, climate, water, land, and biodiversity. This includes the direct impact of a company's operations and, when applicable, its supply chain and distribution channels. This section also recognizes companies with environmentally innovative production processes and those that sell products or services that have a positive environmental impact. Some examples might include products and services that create renewable energy, reduce consumption or waste, conserve land or wildlife, provide less toxic alternatives to the market, or educate people about environmental problems.
The Customers Impact Area evaluates a company's stewardship of its customers through the quality of its products and services, ethical marketing, data privacy and security, and feedback channels. In addition, this section recognizes products or services that are designed to address a particular social problem for or through its customers, such as health or educational products, arts and media products, serving underserved customers or clients, and services that improve the social impact of other businesses or organizations.
Previous Overall B Impact Scores
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