Let’s reinvent our future together
“Over the past 12 months, we have set in motion far reaching plans that will shape our course for the years to come, from our Vision 2025 exercise to create a shared vision for Valrhona, to our continuing work to implement eco-design criteria for all new product development. Live Long is a message of hope and of action for us all. We believe that for Valrhona to succeed in the future, we must become truly environmentally and socially sustainable.” – Jean-Luc Grisot, CEO
Discover our new CSR plan, Live Long, which consists of four commitments: Live Long Cocoa, Live Long Environment, Live Long Gastronomy and Live Long Together.
LIVE LONG COCOA
Not only Valrhona spends a lot of time and efforts to preserve cocoa with great aromatic potential but Valrhona also works very hard to have a positive impact on producer communities. For that, our cocoa strategy is based on 4 pillars: Quality, Innovation, Sustainability, Ethics & Respect of the environment. These different levels of commitment come to life by assisting producers, cooperating to innovate with planters partners, forming multiyear partnerships with them, supporting the cocoa industry in small countries, improving the populations’ living conditions, respecting plantation’s environment and employment law.
This year, we have continued our projects to support cocoa producing communities as well as our active involvement in Cacao Forest, a pioneering agroforestry project to create the sustainable cocoa agriculture of the future. Some examples of what we do:
- - We have long-term partnerships in 11 countries, lasting for an average of 6 years
- - We have carried out over 20 community projects with our producer partners over the last 5 years (such as rescuing a plantation and renovating buildings following a tropical storm in 2016 in Belize, constructing a school in los Indos, Dominican Republic, financing solar drying beds in Jamaica etc..)
LIVE LONG ENVIRONMENT
Strongly determined to cut by half its environmental impact by 2025, Valrhona has already considerably reduced its gas emission, waste production, and energy and water consumption on industrial sites.
- - All of our products will be eco-designed by 2020
- - 37% reduction in water use between 2013 and 2016
- - 18% reduction in our energy consumption since 2014
LIVE LONG GASTRONOMY
Valrhona is committed to promoting gastronomy-based professions and inspiring new generations. For two years, La Cite du Chocolat in Tain l’Hermitage has been passing on Valrhona’s expertise in gastronomy from cocoa grower and chocolate producer to chocolatier and pastry chef. Dedicated to educating young people about flavor and sharing a profound passion and culinary heritage, The Foundation Valrhona is a proud partner of La Fondation Robert Ardouvin, La Fondation Paul Bocuse and La Protection Judiciaire de la Jeunesse. For more than 25 years, the four L’Ecole Valrhona in Tain l’Hermitage, Paris, Tokyo and New York have trained professionals and gourmet in patisserie skills.
LIVE LONG TOGETHER
Valrhona wants to build a sustainable model for, with and thanks to all its stakeholders. Knowing that Valrhona can only invent the business of the future if everyone works together, a regular dialog has been implemented to better understand each partner’s expectations.
For examples, every year, 20 customers and 20 employees are invited on a plantation to exchange with local communities.
Over the past year, we have worked closely with clients and local organizations on numerous projects, from the Hot Chocolate Festival (Canada and the U.S.) to Big Chocolate Tea (UK) and Diner Des Chefs (France).
Over the past year, our staff across the world has worked with clients and partners to help people in need. They have led countless initiatives, such as:
- - Providing chocolate to create an enormous lottery ticket (20 m2) to raise money for the Fundación Nazaret in Spain.
- - Donating chocolate after easter to community organizations in Spain
- - Raising money to fight breast cancer in the middle east
- - Donating pastry creations after demonstrations to the local community in Japan
- - Supporting “Chocs for Chance” to help young people into work in the UK
- - Launching the Clean Water Project in North America to purchase and install water filters for the community of Los Ranchos, Peru.