Divine Chocolate is a company driven by a social mission:
To grow a successful global farmer-owned chocolate company using the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage, and bring people together to create dignified trading relations, thereby empowering producers and consumers.
The structure of Divine
Divine Chocolate Limited is a private company limited by shares. When the company was first established in 1998, its 99 ordinary shares were owned by three parties; 52% by the Fairtrade NGO Twin Trading, 33% by Kuapa Kokoo farmers’ co-operative, and 14% by the international retailer Body Shop International.
In July 2006, in the true spirit of social entrepreneurship, Body Shop made the decision to donate its shares in Divine Chocolate to Kuapa Kokoo. In the same year international development finance institute Oikocredit bought 12% of the shares, giving Kuapa Kokoo a 45% stake in the company. In addition the international NGO Christian Aid own preference shares and the leading UK charity Comic Relief enthusiastically support the company and are also partners in the Dubble Fairtrade bar created specially for young people.
The board of directors includes two people from Kuapa Kokoo (the Managing Director of Kuapa Kokoo Ltd, and the President of the Kuapa Kokoo FarmersnUnion), two people from Twin and one person from Oikocredit, Christian Aid and Comic Relief.
The governance structure is unique in both the UK Fairtrade and confectionery markets, and in 1999 was awarded “Millennium Product” award status from the Design Council for its innovative organisational model. The company has since one a number of awards acclaiming its outstanding social enterprise status.
Divine in UK
The Divine offices are based in Tower Bridge, London. We are a small energetic and dynamic team which thrives on collaborations with all our supporters, partners, NGOs, fellow Fairtrade companies and a variety of other complimentary brands. We are inspired by the cocoa farmers who own the company and motivated by the tangible changes we see happening in their lives, Our aim is to continue to deliver delicious chocolate and a social business model that everyone can cherish.
Divine in USA
In 2007 Divine Chocolate Inc was launched in the USA announced by a Kuapa cocoa farmer giving a briefing to White House staff at Capitol Hill.
You can visit www.divinechocolateusa.com to find out more about Divine in the USA.
The Divine board
The Divine board meets four times per year and one of those meetings is held in Ghana.
Sophi Tranchell MBE