SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT

Chocolat Frey ensures fair working and living conditions when procuring raw materials and considers mankind and the environment. Chocolat Frey is committed to social standards and sustainability labels, strives for long-term partnerships with local producers and gets involved in local projects.

COCOA PROCUREMENT

The story of Frey chocolate begins in the humid and rainy parts of the world, on the farms of numerous small-scale growers. The cocoa harvest and quality is determined by the climate, the growing conditions, cultivation and harvesting methods. In particular the beans’ aroma develops during the various processing stages. Professional management of the plantations, care of the bushes and painstaking harvesting, drying and fermenting of the beans are essential to achieve the quality needed for our chocolate.
At the heart of these processes is the cocoa grower. Chocolat Frey AG’s involvement promotes sustainable cultivation and processing of high-quality cocoa. At the same time the company wants to improve the small farmers’ living conditions and ensure they have a future on their farms. This is why Chocolate Frey has been collaborating with UTZ since 2010. More than 80% of our processed cocoa beans are UTZ certified.

UTZ - BETTER FARMING. BETTER FUTURE

Did you know that the UTZ logo is an indication of sustainably produced cocoa? UTZ certification is a guarantee of better farming that respects people and the planet. The producers meet ecological and social criteria laid down by UTZ. In return the buyers of their beans pay a premium. The money from the premiums is used to conduct training, buy equipment for production and finance social projects which benefit the village communities. Better cultivation methods mean the farmers increase the quantity and quality of their cocoa harvests. Together with a cash premium paid by Chocolat Frey, this increases their income and, ultimately, improves the farmers’ living conditions.

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PALM OIL PROCUREMENT - RSPO

Demand for this vegetable oil is steadily growing because of palm oil’s diverse uses and good processing properties, as well as the oil palm’s large surface area productivity. Cultivation of oil palms poses serious risks, however, to mankind and nature. Large areas of rain forests are cleared and peat soil drained in order to create oil palm plantations, which not only destroys the habitats of indigenous people and numerous animal species, it also releases large volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
The high per hectare yield is the decisive criterion for Chocolat Frey using palm oil in its fillings instead of coconut oil or other vegetable oils. Chocolat Frey only processes sustainable, 100% RSPO-certified palm oil.

The WWF established the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO segregated ensures traceability and Chocolat Frey knows from which plantations its palm oil is sourced. In addition, the plantations are monitored by independent organisation The Forest Trust (TFT).

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RESPONSIBLE SUPPLY CHAINS

The whole company attaches great importance to the social circumstances of Frey’s producers. Chocolat Frey has been a member of the BSCI and Sedex sustainability initiatives since 2014. The company consequently makes a commitment to socially sustainable production and working conditions in its supply chains.

BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)
The BSCI code of conduct is primarily based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) core principles, on international conventions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the guidelines on the rights of children and entrepreneurial activity, the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the OECS guidelines and the UN Global Compact. As a member organisation, Chocolat Frey adheres to the BSCO Code of Conduct and undertakes to comply with and implement internationally applicable labour and human rights standards throughout the supply chain. Chocolat Frey does not tolerate forced or child labour. The BSCI code of conduct is mandatory for Frey’s suppliers.

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Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange)
Sedex promotes the exchange of information and cooperation between companies in the field of sustainable and ethical business practices, with the aim of integrating working and social standards into the global supply chain. Chocolat Frey’s membership means it is always up to date and at the same time helping to introduce sustainable standards into global supply chains

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