Valrhona’s Ethical Commitments

Let’s reinvent our future together
“Alone, we can only make small-scale changes, but when we work with our employees, customers, suppliers and all our partners, we can define a project with enthusiasm and the desire to act together at its heart. LIVE LONG is our commitment to reinventing the world of chocolate.” – Jean-Luc Grisot, CEO
Discover our new CSR plan, Live Long, which consists of four commitments: Live Long Cocoa, Live Long Environment, Live Long Gastronomy and Live Long Together.

LIVE LONG COCOA
Not only Valrhona spends a lot of time and efforts to preserve cocoa with great aromatic potential but Valrhona also works very  hard to have a positive impact on producer communities. For that, our cocoa strategy is based on 4 pillars: Quality, Innovation, Sustainability,  Ethics & Respect of the environment. These different levels of commitment come to life by assisting producers, cooperating to innovate with planters partners, forming multiyear partnerships with them, supporting the cocoa industry in small countries, improving the populations’ living conditions, respecting plantation’s environment and employment law.  Some examples of what we do:
·         We have long-term partnerships in 11 countries, lasting for an average of 6 years
·         We have led 17 projects to support planter communities since 2012, from Madagascar and Belize, to Ghana and the Ivory Coast
·         Since 2012, 100% of our cocoa suppliers have signed our Responsible Purchasing Charter
 
LIVE LONG ENVIRONMENT
Strongly determined to halve its environmental impact by 2025, Valrhona has already considerably reduced its gas emission, waste production, and energy and water consumption on industrial sites.
 In addition, a new partnership has been developed between chocolatiers, research centers and universities to promote biodiversity. The project aims to reinvent the cocoa farming model to include the principles of agroforestry.
 
Key Figures:
·         All of our products will be eco-designed by 2020
·         20% reduction in water use between 2013 and 2015
·         7% reduction in our energy consumption since 2014
·         We are working in partnership with the Foundation Terra Isara and scientists at CIRAD on “Cacao Forest”, an agroforestry project that is taking place over the next 5-6 years.
 
LIVE LONG GASTRONOMY
Valrhona is committed to promoting gastronomy-based professions and inspiring new generations. For two years, La Cite du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage has been passing on Valrhona’s expertise in gastronomy from cocoa grower and chocolate producer to chocolatier and pastry chef. Dedicated to educating young people about flavor and sharing a profound passion and culinary heritage, The Foundation Valrhona is a proud partner of La Fondation Robert Ardouvin, La Fondation Paul Bocuse and La Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse. For more than 25 years, the four L’Ecole Valrhona in Tain l’Hermitage, Paris, Tokyo and New York have trained professionals and gourmet in patisserie skills.  

LIVE LONG TOGETHER
Valrhona wants to build a sustainable model for, with and thanks to all its stakeholders. Knowing that Valrhona can only invent the business of the future if everyone works together, a regular dialog has been implemented to better understand each partner’s expectations.
For examples, every year, 20 customers and 20 employees are invited on a plantation to exchange with local communities.
Over the past year, we have worked closely with clients and local organizations on numerous projects, from the Hot Chocolate Festival (Canada and the U.S.) to Chocs for Chance (UK) and our work with La Fondation Ardouvin (France).


 

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