POSTED 21st October 2019

Fairtrade month is a time to celebrate the many ways that our Fairtrade certification creates possibilities and provides resources for cocoa farmers in Ghana.

Why Fairtrade?

We are proud to be certified Fairtrade by Fairtrade America, the U.S arm of the leading international Fairtrade certification system. This means that we undergo a series of checks to provide sustainable products for chocolate lovers everywhere.

Divine Chocolate is co-owned by a co-operative of over 85,000 cocoa farmers in Ghana. Kuapa Kokoo Farmers' Co-op owns 44% of the company, which is the largest share, therefore receiving a share of the wealth that they are helping to create.

In total, farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo recieve four streams of income. Two are specifically required by the Fairtrade certification, and two have been created by Divine to further provide opportunities for farmers to build sustainable livelihoods in their communities.

From Fairtrade:

From Divine:

  • Dividends from co-ownership. This is the 44% ownership embedded in our sustainable business model.
  • Producer Support & Development Fund (PS&D). This is a fund to which Divine contributes 2% of its annual revenue to support top-line initiatives that producers decide are beneficial to their community.