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FAQ: Sustainable Living

What does 'Sustainable Living' mean?

Sustainable Living is one of the two pillars of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program. Sustainable Living supports the building of community schools, the development of better healthcare systems, and Child Sensitization Training to ensure a child's education is a community priority and that children are never placed in an unsafe situation.

Purdys' Sustainable Living pillar is supported by programming and support services focused on improving the living standards and communities of cocoa farmers and their families. It includes:

  • Working with member co-operatives on the construction of primary and secondary schools, particularly in rural areas.
  • The building of education-supporting infrastructure to ensure the long term success of schools: teacher housing, water wells, solar panels for electricity generation, canteens and toilet facilities.
  • Distribution of school kits and sponsorship of community events to recognize scholastic achievement.
  • Night class education for adults.
  • Distribution of mosquito nets and healthcare kits, and sponsorship of vaccination campaigns.
  • Water mapping supported by Bio Partenaire to better manage water resources.
  • Provision of water boreholes, water support systems, water filters and sanitation and hygiene systems.
  • Regular dialogues with farmers and their communities to assess and improve long-term sustainable planning to meet their needs and goals and to share best practices.

What is Purdys doing to help women and girls in cocoa growing communities?

Purdys believes strongly in supporting women and girls in cocoa growing communities. Through our work with the World Cocoa Foundation, we have supported projects that help single mothers and their families and empower women in business.

Through Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa Program, we are able to support more programs that empower women and girls. Women in cocoa growing communities benefit from learning better food growing techniques, chicken rearing, and business, literary and numeracy skills. They also attend Farmer Field Schools to learn how to grow healthier, better cocoa crops which lead to better incomes for their families.

Child sensitization training for the entire community is also made a priority. This ensures girls' education is a focus, and that no child is placed in an unsafe situation or one where they may encounter forced labour.

What is Purdys' stance on child labour and human trafficking?

Purdys and our farmer partners have a zero-tolerance policy for any instance of human trafficking or forced labour.

Purdys believes in responsible and ethical labour practices in all instances. This belief extends not only to our teams in our shops, support office, warehouse and factory kitchen, but to our farmer co-op partners too. While it is not uncommon for younger family members to assist on a family cocoa farm in rural West Africa, forced labour, exploitation and dangerous conditions are unacceptable.

Purdys believes the key to eliminating and alleviating poverty is to increase farmer incomes, develop community infrastructure and provide education opportunities for all children. These key areas are addressed via education programs such as Farmer Field Schools, business loans for farmers, building schools for children and supporting community infrastructure development. Under the Sustainable Living pillar of Purdys' Sustainable Cocoa program, child sensitization training is a vital component of community education and dialogue.