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Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program
Purdys Chocolatier is proud to use cocoa from sustainable sources. The cocoa used in our chocolate is purchased only from farmer co-ops that meet the two pillars of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa program.
Purdys pays a premium for cocoa to ensure our farmer partners and co-ops are supported by programs that improve their profit and the livelihoods of their families. We believe it is our responsibility to do the right thing for our farmer partners, customers and suppliers, and to lead the way in the chocolate industry. There will not be a direct price increase for our customers because of the premium we have chosen to pay for sustainable cocoa.
President and Chocolate Scientist Peter Higgins working with cocoa farming communities in the Ivory Coast.
The two pillars of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa are:
Education for Farmers - Farmer field schools and a Cocoa Centre of Excellence for farmers to learn basic and advanced agricultural methods (complementary crops, shade management, crop spacing, pest and disease control, grafting techniques and more).
Improved Agricultural Practices - Increased crop yield and quality, resulting in better profits for farmers.
Environmental Sustainability - Cocoa farms that meet the demand for cocoa without compromising the livelihoods of future generation cocoa farmers, their families or the planet.
Community Infrastructure & Education - The building of primary and secondary schools and housing for teachers.
Improved Medical Care - Support programs that distribute medical kits and provide clean and safe water for the community.
Child Sensitization Training - Creating awareness and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for forced labour to ensure children's education is a community priority and that no child is placed in an unsafe situation.