New York — Yildiz Holding A.S.’s Godiva brand has partnered with non-profit the Earthworm Foundation to make sustainable improvements to the cocoa supply chain and growing communities in Ivory Coast, where approximately 40 percent of the world’s cocoa is grown, the candymaker reports.
“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, Godiva CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with the Earthworm Foundation and support their incredibly crucial work to make value chains an engine of prosperity for communities and ecosystems.”
The Earthworm Foundation aims to positively impact the relationship between people and nature, and will help the candymaker evaluate its cocoa supply chain and meet its commitments to responsible cocoa sourcing, Godiva reports.
“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.”