Sustainable chocolate commitment

Since 2018, one of our main focuses at Le Vice has been sustainability. The impact we generate throughout our supply chain is a fundamental pillar when choosing our cocoa bean suppliers.

José Antonio Carvallo Founder & Chocolatier

Traceability as a fundamental requirement

Unfortunately, the journey of cocoa from being grown to being consumed in the form of chocolate is filled with exploitation, corruption, and violence in the world. It is our commitment not to be part of this unsustainable and unjust value chain, and therefore we have taken traceability as one of the fundamental pillars of our supply chain.

Traceability means that at Le Vice, we can know who has harvested the cocoa beans used for the production of the chocolate we use as raw material, and most importantly, under what conditions they have done it. Unfortunately, most cocoa in the world does not have traceability and may have even been grown by children working as slaves for bread and water. Traceability is the foundation for creating a fair and sustainable system, as it improves the conditions of its farmers and at the same time guarantees the quality of the beans to produce better chocolate.

Cacao-Trace means Fair Trade chocolate

A second look at sustainable chocolate is fair trade, where we share with farmers the value of superior quality chocolate. For every kilo of fair trade certified chocolate we use, €0.10 are returned and delivered directly to the cocoa farming communities that participated in that production.

Today we have surpassed the barrier of 50% fair trade chocolate, which means that for every kilo of chocolate you buy at LE VICE, on average farmers will receive €0.05 in compensation, allowing them to have more dignified and fair lives.

Sustainability is about generating value for everyone, from cocoa farmers to chocolate consumers

By being part of a sustainability program, farmers receive better living conditions and education, which allows them to cultivate cocoa with better knowledge and ultimately obtain better raw materials for the production of fine aroma chocolate.

We see sustainability as a functioning requirement. If we do not address this issue today, we are not only contributing to a market of violence and injustice, but we are also putting the long-term supply and quality of cocoa at risk.