Cacao-Trace is supported by the Next Generation Cacao Foundation. Founded in 2016, the foundation’s mission is to contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of cocoa farmers and communities that are part of the Cacao-Trace program. It embodies Puratos’ longstanding belief that sustainability is a win-win relationship for everyone involved in the cocoa supply chain, from the farmer to the consumer.
The role of the Next Generation Cacao Foundation is to oversee the collection and redistribution of direct donations and the Chocolate Bonus, and to make sure 100% of it goes back to the cocoa farmer communities.
The Next Generation Cacao Foundation is supported by a supervisory committee and audited annually by an independent third party, the foundation’s dedicated team is committed to transparency across all of its activities. The Foundation will also be publishing an annual report.
For every kilo of Cacao-Trace chocolate purchased, Cacao-Trace pays a “Chocolate Bonus” of 0,10ct back to farmers. This simple and transparent payment scheme is unique in the market and ensures that 100% of the Chocolate Bonus reaches farmers through the Next Generation Foundation Cacao Foundation. Direct donations from businesses and individuals seeking to help Cacao-Trace cocoa farmers and their communities in Vietnam and Ivory Coast are also accepted.