Since 2018, one of our main focuses at Le Vice has been sustainability. The impact we generate throughout our entire supply chain is a fundamental pillar when choosing our cocoa bean suppliers. José Antonio Carvallo Founder & Chocolatier
We don't compromise on the sustainability of our chocolate
Traceability as a fundamental requirement.
Unfortunately, the journey of cocoa from being cultivated to being consumed as chocolate is full of exploitation, corruption, and violence around the world. It is our commitment not to be a part of such an unsustainable and unjust value chain. 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 chocolate production, and most importantly, under what conditions they did it. Unfortunately, most of the cocoa in the world is not traceable and may have been even grown by children working as slaves for bread and water. Traceability is the foundation for creating a fair and sustainable system that improves the conditions of farmers and guarantees the quality of the beans to produce better chocolate.
A second aspect of sustainable chocolate is fair trade, where we share with farmers the value of superior quality chocolate. For every kilogram of fair trade certified chocolate we use, €0.10 is returned and directly delivered to the cocoa farming communities involved in that production.
Today we have surpassed the 50% barrier of fair trade chocolate, which means that for every kilogram of chocolate you purchase from LE VICE, on average farmers will receive €0.05 in return, enabling them to have more dignified and fair lives.
Sustainability is about creating value for everyone, from the cocoa farmer to the chocolate consumer.
Being part of a sustainability program allows farmers to receive better living conditions and education, which enables them to cultivate cocoa with greater knowledge and ultimately obtain a better raw material for the production of fine aroma chocolate.
We see sustainability as a requirement for operation, if we do not address this issue today, we will not only be contributing to a market of violence and injustice, but we also put the long-term supply and quality of cocoa at risk.