Specialty suppliers manage to surprise me every day with their innovative partnerships. I recently learned that GODIVA announced a partnership with the Earthworm Foundation to make sustainable improvements to the cocoa supply chain and support farming communities beginning in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa, where approximately 40 percent of the world's cocoa is sourced. Together, GODIVA and the Earthworm Foundation will work to protect forests and the lives of people who grow and harvest cocoa.
"GODIVA is dedicated to our vision for a sustainable and thriving cocoa industry where farmers prosper, communities are empowered, human rights are respected, and the environment is conserved," says Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO, GODIVA. "We are thrilled to partner with the Earthworm Foundation and support its incredibly crucial work to make value chains an engine of prosperity for communities and ecosystems."
According to a press release, GODIVA is also a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and participates in the foundation’s Cocoa & Forests Initiative.
The Earthworm Foundation, a global non-profit that strives to positively impact the relationship between people and nature, will bring an important perspective and expertise to review and evaluate GODIVA's cocoa supply chain and help the company execute on its commitment to foster responsibly sourced cocoa.
"We are excited to partner with GODIVA and believe that together we can help tackle cocoa-related deforestation in West Africa, which will also help create increased value for cocoa farmers," says Bastien Sachet, CEO of the Earthworm Foundation. "During the first six months of our partnership, we look forward to collaborating to build the foundation needed to actively protect and regenerate forests."
To learn more about GODIVA's efforts to support sustainably sourced cocoa and the other communities the company serves, visit GODIVA Cares. As specialty suppliers continue to keep me on my toes, keep checking back with Deli Market News.