Waitrose & Partners is commited to sourcing 100% Fairtrade cocoa for all our own-label chocolate and confectionary products.
We support the work of the CONACADO Cocoa association in the Dominican Republic, a group representing nearly 10,000 members who supply cocoa for Waitrose & Partners own-label chocolate bars.
Although the price of cocoa has risen recently many cocoa farmers are still living in poverty. Fairtrade works with farmers through liaison officers who partner the farmers assisting them to comply with Fairtrade’s standards.
Supporting Fairtrade cocoa
Through the premiums generated and returned to the farmers when customers buy Fairtrade chocolate in our stores, Conacado farmers in the Dominican Republic have participated in a diverse range of projects that contribute to both community, personal and economic development.
For example, investments in building infrastructure have led to cocoa quality improvements and improved livelihoods as farmers are able to receive more money for their cocoa.
Other projects include:
- Additional road projects have helped to connect isolated producers with their neighbours
- Wells for potable water in communities
- Houses for members unable to purchase a home on their own
- Collection centres in communities to reduce distance and travel time from harvest to fermentation