Our engagement

We are assisting a farmers’ cooperative (about 1000 hectares) with the implementation of good practices and organic certification in South-East Ivory Coast (Kingdom of Sanwi).
We are carrying out societal (humanist and environmental) action:

  • better purchase price to planters;
  • diversification of revenue sources;
  • Environmental Protection ;
  • Fight against deforestation;
  • Reforestation and forest protection actions;
  • Fight against child labor;
  • Promote education, retention and training;
  • Potable water access ;
  • Access to green energy.

Our House is committed to a cocoa / fair trade chocolate for the human development of the cocoa sector in Ivory Coast. Our wish is to ensure that Ivorians can consume a quality chocolate made locally and 100% Ivorian, but also to return to the Ivorian bean the “Place Number 1” by highlighting the qualities and flavors of Ivorian beans according to their terroirs.

We serve the goals of sustainable development!

Child labor

According to the International Cocoa Initiative, between 300,000 and 1,000,000 children would work to harvest cocoa from plantations.

Major groups are also regularly called to order on this issue. Children are not paid, they have to carry heavy loads, they are exposed to toxic substances and they are subject to physical threats.

Maison Chocolat Guérin-Boutron is committed to ensuring that this youth is valued and exploited in order to be educated and receive a training offering them the opportunity to build a future.

Save Ivory Coast forest to fight climate change

In 2011, a study on climate change and cocoa production in West Africa commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was conducted by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) based in Colombia. This study shows that climate change will make land in Ivory Coast and Ghana unfit for cocoa production. Indeed, the comparison between the two graphs shows how much arable land will shrink: in 30 years these countries that provide the bulk of world production will no longer be able to produce the precious beans .

The study states that by 2050 the increase in temperature by 2 degrees will lead to incompatibility between climatic conditions and cocoa production. Forests, fauna and flora will inevitably be threatened. The Ivorian economy is currently dependent on cocoa, the instability that will experience the country will be all the stronger.

Maison Chocolat Guérin-Boutron wants through the project that is to feel responsible for the initiate to the creation of agroforestry programs in order to develop and preserve nature more and more undermined by the process of climate disruption. In addition, the cocoa sector is characterized by significant disparities on several levels: concentration of production areas, lack of diversification of production, market dominance by a few multinationals coupled with a high degree of precariousness for producers, aging of plots, influence Cocoa farming on deforestation … These disparities and their multiple interactions generate economic, social and environmental difficulties which slow down the sustainable development of the sector and lead small producers to move towards other more lucrative crops.

Thus, Maison Chocolat Guérin-Boutron, rooted its renewal in Ivory Coast from Belgium around a strong commitment to respect Ivorian planters, the end of child labor and the development of agroforestry programs in phase with emergencies ecological and climatic conditions of today and tomorrow.