DIVINE CHOCOLATE was established in 1998, the year after the farmers of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative in Ghana voted to set up their own chocolate company. Today the company has reached £14m turnover and is based in the UK and USA, with distribution around the world, including Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Japan, Turkey, and South Korea. Kuapa Kokoo has grown to over 85,000 members and produces around 1% of the world’s cocoa.
The co-op benefits from four income streams from Divine, and has been pioneering in its approach to empowering women, child labour awareness, as well as co-operative governance. It is the biggest shareholder of Divine Chocolate, owning 44% of the company.
Divine Chocolate is the only chocolate company in the world that is 100% Fairtrade and owned by cocoa farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
As this prestigious award highlights, Divine Chocolate’s economic model, which empowers both those at the start and end of the supply chain, is commercially successful. Having set out with an objective to catalyse change in the chocolate industry, Divine Chocolate is showing other companies that doing business differently works. The win in the Sustainable Development category is particularly apt as next year (2019) heralds the company’s 20th anniversary!
All Divine Chocolate is free from palm oil, GMO ingredients, artificial flavourings, colourings and preservatives. A treat that is as rewarding as it is delicious. All Divine’s ingredients are selected for their premium taste and quality, and are also sourced from Fairtrade producers around the world. The chocolate is sweetened with sugar from Kasinthula, a Fairtrade co-operative in Malawi and flavoured with creamy vanilla from Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar. As well as being a leading social enterprise company, in 2017 Divine Chocolate became a certified B Corp – demonstrating that the company meets a range of social and environmental business standards, as well as accountability and transparency, with a commitment to ongoing development and improvement in all these aspects of its business.
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