Seattle — Hitting retail now are products from Seattle Chocolate Co. featuring the Rainforest Alliance certification seal, as the company reports it has committed to using sustainable cocoa.
The decision was made because of the Alliance’s dedication to addressing economic and environmental supply chain issues in addition to improving the quality of life for cocoa farming families and conserving natural resources, according to Seattle Chocolate owner and CEO Jean Thompson.
The company currently offers 11 bars, its core line, made with the certified cocoa and is working to tranisition all of its products to meet Rainforest Alliance standards.
“Today we are formally doing our part to better the lives of those growing and producing the cocoa we use,” she adds. “Rainforest Alliance certification has a comprehensive and proven approach to addressing the social, environmental and economic challenges faced by farmers and their communities.”
Ten percent of the world’s cacao is being growing in accordance with Rainforest Alliance criteria, reports Tensie Whelan, president of the certification agency. “In addition to addressing economic and environmental issues, the standards for Rainforest Alliance certification strictly prohibit forced labor and the employment of children under the age of 15 and help to ensure that the children of farm workers have improved access to education.”
In addition, Seattle Chocolate has made the switch from palm kernel oil to sustainable coconut oil, the company reports.