Creating a fair and sustainable cocoa sector

Our challenges related to the cocoa sector

The cocoa sector faces major challenges, which is why we are building our ambitions around three major axes:

  • improving living and working conditions,
  • protecting the environment
  • preserving terroirs and flavor diversity.

Through our long-term partnerships, our knowledge of and close ties with cocoa farmers, our direct relationships with communities in 15 countries, we are committed to promoting fair incomes for farmers, fighting child labor, protecting forests and achieving carbon neutrality.

Every year, we improve our impact because we believe in empowering cocoa-producing communities. We know there is a long way to go but we are confident that we will be able to move things forward by working closely all players in the cocoa and chocolate sector

Our objectives and progress

100% Traceability

for cacao beans from the producer

36% traceability

for cacao beans from the farm parcel. Target: 100% by 2021

13% of the producer countries

visited at least once per calendar year. Target: 100% by 2021

14 out of our 15 source countries

are part of a long-term partnership

98% of our cacao

purchased through a long-term partnership. Initial Target: 90%

7 years

average lenght of a partnership

100% of producers suppported

in adopting agroforestry practices by 2025.

Long term partnerships

At Valrhona, we work to create a fair and sustainable cocoa sector by building close, mutually beneficial relationships with our 18,208 cocoa producers. We do this by forging long-term partnerships with producer organizations who share our vision and focus on quality and traceability.

From the construction of housing and schools to the protection of rare cocoa varieties, the projects we carry out together reflect our commitment to producing communities and the environment.


At Valrhona, 100% of our cocoa is traced from our 18,208 producers around the world.

This traceability is the basis for creating a fair and sustainable industry.

It allows us to know where our cocoa comes from, who harvested it and under what conditions.

This helps to improve the living and working conditions of producers and to fight against deforestation, while guaranteeing the quality of our cocoa beans.

Protecting the forest and its biodiversity

We are committed to protecting the forests in the 16 countries where we source our cocoa. 

We know that tropical farming, including of cocoa, is one of the main causes of deforestation and biodiversity loss.

This environmental damage not only contributes to climate change, but also threatens the future of our producers and supply chain. 

This is why we must ensure the conservation of the environmental heritage of producer countries and work with our cocoa-producing partners to promote responsible farming.

Discover more about our partnerships and actions across the world

See our live long map

Our other pillars