In December last year, Rikolto co-signed the Beyond Chocolate charter: the joint ambition of the Belgian chocolate and retail sector, civil society, social impact investors and universities to make Belgian chocolate more sustainable. This industry-wide commitment aims to tackle child labour, combat deforestation and ensure a viable income for local cocoa producers.
"At Rikolto, we have the hands-on knowledge and experience in-house to achieve these objectives," says Jan Wyckaert, director of Rikolto in Belgium. "Today, our teams coach 16 cooperatives worldwide representing 14,000 farmers, both male and female, in terms of business skills and the use of sustainable agricultural practices to preserve valuable ecosystems. The contracts we are helping to create focus on long-term cooperation, viable incomes for the producers and a fair distribution of risks and profits".