Live Long

LIVE LONG COCOA

Preserving aromatic cocoa and supporting producer communities

THE STORY OF LIVE LONG

The name of our CSR program comes from a trip by our sourcer Cédric to Ghana. As Cedric made his way to the village of Wassa Nkran to visit a community center we had funded, he was met by a crowd of people waving signs with messages of thanks, such as “We are all Valrhonas” and “Live Long Valrhona”.

These messages, and above all “Live Long”, touched a chord with us. These words, direct from a cocoa producing community we work with, encapsulated our commitment to society and the environment. The choice of name for our sustainability program was clear. For us, Live Long expresses our vision for the long term and the importance of the close relationships we work to build with our stakeholders.

 

WORKING TO PRESERVE AROMATIC COCOA AND SUPPORT PRODUCER COMMUNITIES

 

Our relationship with cocoa producers is characterized by a shared desire to plan for the future together. Through our multifaceted approach to cocoa, we aim to work with producers to preserve aromatic cocoa and have a positive impact on producer communities. This year we launched a survey of producers, experts, NGOs and clients, to help us shape our cocoa strategy over the years to come. We continue with projects to support cocoa producing communities as well as active involvement in Cacao Forest, a pioneering agroforestry program that works to create the sustainable cocoa agriculture of the future.

> Find out more: www.cacaoforest.org

 

WHERE ARE WE TODAY?

  • We have long-term partnerships in 11 countries across the world and have carried out over 20 community projects with our producer partners over the last five years.
  • We source cocoa from 30 terroirs in 18 countries across the world
  • Over the past two years our sourcing team has explored the potential of 10 new countries
  • Cacao Forest activities are underway in the Dominican Republic and Peru

 

OUR COMMUNITY PROJECTS SINCE 2012

  • Bali: Supporting a cocoa organization in its first export
  • Peru: Distributing water filters, creating a Gran Blanco seedling nursery, launching the Clean Water Project, co-financing a technical advisor
  • Madagascar: Renovating the village of Andzavibe, including rebuilding 45 houses and opening a healthcare center
  • Brazil: Financing solar drying beds and building a training center for farmers and their families
  • Ecuador: Supporting AVSF’s relief efforts to help cocoa farmers affected by the 2016 earthquakes
  • Belize: Rescuing a plantation in partnership with Maya Mountain Cacao and renovating buildings following a tropical storm in 2016
  • Jamaica: Financing solar drying beds
  • Dominican Republic: Constructing a primary school in Los Indios
  • Côte d'Ivoire: Constructing a primary school in Petit Bouaké
  • Ghana: Building a community center in Wassa N'kran
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