Managing Director at Divine Chocolate, Fairtrade pioneer, Social Enterprise Ambassador, Chair of Fairtrade London, & London Food Board member.

Sophi Tranchell's posts

I attended Triodos Women in Ethical Business Awards – 4th Year – in St Lukes on Old Street. Wonderful collection of dynamic women running inspiring businesses doing an extraordinary range of things.
I did a Divine presentation to the whole of year 8 and select group of year 10 - about 250 people crammed into a hall.
I was in Ghana recently to join Kuapa Kokoo for their 15th delegates conference, followed by their AGM in the grounds of Knust University in Kumasi.
Last week I attended the Fairtrade Foundation Commercial Conference in Kensington Town Hall.
What a delightful way to start the week! Tea in Downing Street to celebrate 15 years of the Fairtrade Mark.
A post from Sophi, direct from Downing St!
While the world powers battle it out in Copenhagen over who should commit what to combating climate change, the poorer countries yet again are objecting to being both unequally affected, and unfairly pressed to reduce their carbon footprint.
Despite the inclement weather, people from all across London met last night in City Hall to share their plans for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010, themed The Big Swap.
While people in Britain continued to contemplate the length and depth of this year’s winter and when it will ever finish, the Divine Directors escaped to the sun, making the annual pilgrimage to Ghana for our board meeting.
It's been a weird and wonderful week with women at its heart.
I made a very satisfying purchase this month and it is not often I can say that. It really was helping to make the world the way I’d like it to be.
Monday 2nd August 2010: After driving for about an hour and a half from Kumasi, we arrived in Amankwatia to attend the formal opening of the new Junior Secondary School that Kuapa Kokoo has built.
On Wednesday 4th August we attended the unveiling of a statue that Kuapa Kokoo commissioned to commemorate the significant role cocoa farmers have played in the social and economic history of Ghana.
While we were in Ghana for the AGM, we visited Bipoa, one of the original Kuapa Kokoo village societies. Kyei Kingsley, the Kuapa Kokoo recorder for the village welcomed us.
This was my tenth AGM and this time I was delighted to be able to take my son Fenner with me to see democracy in action.
The whole Kuapa Kokoo election process was supervised by the electoral commission of Ghana and the Ministry of Co-operatives.
The outgoing President Mr Paul CK Buah, and the outgoing National Executive Committee were leaving Kuapa Kokoo in a considerably better position then they had inherited, they had worked hard and well together.
I saw Christiana Ohene Agyare elected and declared as Kuapa Kokoo’s first women President. What an achievement.
After all the hustings and voting, the new Kuapa Kokoo National Executive were sworn in and were enthusiastic to take up their new posts.
Last week was the official launch of Oikocredit in UK. Oikocredit is an international development finance organisation which specialises in micro - finance in developing countries.
I’ve just been over to Ghana to attend the Divine UK and Divine USA board meetings at Kuapa Kokoo HQ in Kumasi.
Harriet & Fatima, fresh from the rainforest in the Western Region of Ghana, braved the freezing British winter to launch of Fairtrade Fortnight 2011 in Greenwich.
On Saturday I met Jennipher Wettaka at the Labour movement's International Women’s Day Celebration in Westminster.
In many ways the Divine spirit is very like the Olympic spirit - a little player, succeeding against the odds, and winning hearts and changing minds. So I've been thinking about which Olympian best exemplifies the Divine spirit?
I’ve just returned from my annual pilgrimage to Kuapa Kokoo’s AGM to report to them on how Divine is doing.
I was delighted to find the full range of Divine small bars in three different shops, and even the florist was selling beautiful bunches of Fairtrade roses and Divine chocolate hearts.
If you want to guarantee a good turnout at a board meeting, I can recommend holding it in a chocolate factory!
It’s good to have a forum where everyone in the chocolate business can get together and share knowledge and discuss issues.
The Kuapa Kokoo AGM, where representatives from every farming district gather to report and vote on the co-operative's plans, is always an inspiring event. Sophi reports back on a powerful example of democracy in action.
Sophi Tranchell celebrates International Womens Day with the story of a farmer who grows the Fairtrade sugar for Divine Chocolate
All Divine's Fairtrade sugar comes from Kasinthula Cane Growers Association in Malawi - so it's great to be able to catch up with Kasinthula representatives when they're here in UK and hear their news
Divine's MD Sophi Tranchell reports on a beautiful exhibition of West African history now on at the British Library
This weekend Divine Chocolate CEO Sophi will go to the World Economic Forum in Davos
As a Schwab Social Enterpreneur of the Year, Divine CEO Sophi Tranchell was invited to join the world leading policy makers, academics, and business people at the World Economic Forum at Davos this year