Divine Chocolate started in the early 90s, when cocoa farmers set up one of the first farmer-owned chocolate companies with districution in the UK. Pioneers of the Fair Trade chocolate movement, Divine gives 45% of the company’s ownership to the cocoa farmers themselves. This is a model to be replicated.
Their business model leverages farmers’ standards of living more quickly than Fair Trade alone, and offers a safety net for the unpredictability of farming. Their mission includes a commitment to gender equality and equal opportunity, and this is evident in their leadship roles and in the partnerships they have set up to support and encourage women farmers.
Divine Chocolate strives to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the specific targets set out by the UN aimed at ending all forms of poverty, fighting inequalities and tackling climate change.
Loan funding from the Untours Foundation has allowed Divine to ramp up its cocoa purchasing and expand its chocolate bar production. Divine chocolate is widely available in the US, and is one of the most delicious chocolate bars on the market. (Untours Foundation donors may know, as we sometime include bars with our thank you notes.) We have also worked to find other short-term investors for Divine to help them with cash-flow.
Learn more about Divine Chocolate and shop for their ethical treats here. Also, look for Divine anywhere good chocolate is sold. Help the Untours Foundation support the Fair Trade work of this and other organizations by making a donation.