Godiva has partnered with the Earthworm Foundation to make sustainability improvements to its cocoa supply chain and support farming communities. According to Godiva, it will initially work with the nonprofit in Côte d’Ivoire, where it says approximately 40% of the world’s cocoa is sourced. Under the partnership, the Earthworm Foundation will review and evaluate Godiva’s cocoa supply chain and help the company deliver on its commitment to foster responsibly sourced cocoa. “Godiva is dedicated to our vision for a sustainable and thriving cocoa industry where farmers prosper, communities are empowered, human rights are respected, and the environment is conserved,” says Annie Young-Scrivner, CEO of Godiva. “We are thrilled to partner with the Earthworm Foundation and support their incredibly crucial work to make value chains an engine of prosperity for communities and ecosystems.” Bastien Sachet, CEO of the Earthworm Foundation, added: “We are excited to partner with Godiva and believe that together we can help tackle cocoa-related deforestation in West Africa, which will also help create increased value for cocoa farmers. “During the first six months of our partnership, we look forward to collaborating to build the foundation needed to actively protect and regenerate forests.” Godiva is also a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and participates in their Cocoa & Forests Initiative. This public-private partnership brings together the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 35 cocoa and chocolate companies, with the aim of ending deforestation and restoring forest areas.
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