Valrhona’s Ethical Commitment

1.jpgAs a renowned chocolate authority, Valrhona is committed to maintaining high standards. This commitment goes beyond producing the highest quality cocoa, and chocolates with unrivalled taste, to conducting business in a responsible, sustainable way.

Fair trade co-development begins right in the heart of the cocoa plantation, between the cocoa farmers and Valrhona. Every effort is made to improve the respect of social, environmental and economic conditions.

 
A COMMITMENT TO THE SOURCE
With a constant focus on dialogue and ethics, Valrhona relies on long-term, collaborative relationships with cocoa farmers. Valrhona strives to work directly with its partners and maintain a privileged relationship with them. This involves a policy of economic, social and environmental support for the industry.

Valrhona and its partners undertake procedures to ensure mutual protection, such as volume commitments over several years, support of shared growth, assessing resource requirements, projected income assurance and control of market volatility.
SUSTAINABILITY
Economic development, respect for people and preservation of natural resources are key areas in which Valrhona pursues a balanced performance and takes a long-term view in its decision-making. Among other things, compliance with human rights, labor laws and environmental laws are strict basic rules that are adhered to, consistent with the pursuit of optimal economic performance whilst ensuring sustainability. Valrhona thus strives to improve sustainable development of its operations and its products and encourages its suppliers to participate in this effort by adopting sustainable practices.

Valrhona is also committed to preserving biodiversity. The company created El Pedregal in Venezuela 20 years ago, with the aim of rehabilitating and reinstating a threatened cocoa species, Porcelana. More recently, Valrhona acquired a second plantation in the Dominican Republic. Named Loma Sotavento, the plantation grows a variety of cocoa tree called Trinitario, which is the product of hybridization between the rarest variety of cocoa tree, Criollo, and the most common, Forastero.
QUALITY AND INNOVATION
Technical assistance programs relating to planting, research and improvement are developed with partners. Pooling of expertise and sharing of know-how enable growers to sustainably develop production while at the same time ensuring a consistent quality for Valrhona.
SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES
As part of its partnership commitment, Valrhona finances initiatives and supports local communities. The construction of a dryer in Madagascar and the co-funding of a school in the Dominican Republic are two examples of projects carried out over the past year.

Our Plantations:

In order to further progress with our knowledge of the cocoa, Valrhona bought its first plantation El Pedregal in Venezuela 20 years ago, followed more recently in 2011 by Loma Sotavento in the Dominican Republic. For Valrhona, these company-owned plantations are living laboratories for research and exploration on several levels; they contribute to significant progress in certain crucial stages of the development of aromatic characteristics, such as fermentation and drying.

3.jpgThey help us in our experiments into responsible and sustainable farming. Valrhona works together with local experts to convert plantations into natural botanic gardens that create a new balance between the flora and its ecosystem.

El Pedregal plantation has enabled us to develop a vintage estate grown chocolate, with unrivalled delicacy: Porcelana El Pedregal (available November 2011)

Just like a fine vintage wine, the estate grown chocolates are the fruit of the yearly harvest of a single plantation, and the passion of a cocoa farmer. Each vintage thus offers you the opportunity to discover new facets of its personality. Valrhona also invites you to taste these vintage chocolates with unique and outstanding aromatic characteristics, Palmira from Venezuela, Gran Couva from Trinidad and Ampamakia from Madagascar.

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