By our economics editors
25 Sep 2023 at 07:00
HEMA switches to cocoa farmers who are members of a network that fights exploitation in the cocoa industry. In the course of next year, all HEMA chocolates must be made from traceable cocoa.
HEMA wants to contribute to a living income for cocoa farmers. Poverty among farmers is often accompanied by child labor and deforestation in the cocoa chain, says Wilma Veldman of HEMA.
The company thus joins chocolate manufacturer Tony’s Chocolonely, which is committed to “slave-free chocolate”. The chocolate maker has started the initiative to work with several Dutch companies for fairer chocolate. Ben & Jerry’s, PLUS and Delicata from Albert Heijn are some of the names that are already participating.
The companies have agreed that they will only use traceable cocoa beans, for which they also pay a higher price. The intention is to work with farmers for the longer term, so that they have income security and can invest in their business.