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INITIATIVES

PRODUCERPLUS

CHILD LABOR

GLOBAL PARTNERS

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Sustainability is not just a buzz word; it is a philosophy.

Compassion and integrity are two of our company’s core values, and nowhere are they more evident than in our sustainability principles and initiatives. Our vision is an industry that benefits all of the people along the value chain.

To us, sustainability is the key element to success in an ever-evolving cocoa industry, allowing us to ensure the greatest benefits for farmers, the least impact on the environment, the highest quality beans for manufacturers, and the continued availability of chocolate products for consumers. In our sustainability program, ProducerPlus, we are affecting change in four main areas—education, health, community, and environment.

Only then can we help to improve the quality of life of farming communities and farmer livelihoods and guarantee that cocoa can be enjoyed for generations to come.


 

APPROACH

Sustainability is not just a buzz word; it is a philosophy.

Compassion and integrity are two of our company’s core values, and nowhere are they more evident than in our sustainability principles and initiatives. Our vision is an industry that benefits all of the people along the value chain.

To us, sustainability is the key element to success in an ever-evolving cocoa industry, allowing us to ensure the greatest benefits for farmers, the least impact on the environment, the highest quality beans for manufacturers, and the continued availability of chocolate products for consumers. In our sustainability program, ProducerPlus, we are affecting change in four main areas—education, health, community, and environment.

Only then can we help to improve the quality of life of farming communities and farmer livelihoods and guarantee that cocoa can be enjoyed for generations to come.

 

INITIATIVES

Initiatives We are committed to helping secure the long-term sustainability of the cocoa sector. In our efforts to address the many complex issues surrounding the social, economic and environmental impact of the cocoa supply chain, Transmar Group is active in both broad industry initiatives as well as on the ground with local organizations, government agencies, and businesses. These partnerships allows us to draw on a wide range of expertise to create the synergies that lead to solutions.

Some of our initiatives include:

Certified Cocoa


Transmar Group contributes to the incomes of farmers and to the vibrancy of rural communities by purchasing certified cocoa and helping to certify farmers. Certification is an important tool for promoting the well-being of cocoa farmers, as it promotes the very best Good Agricultural Practices, as well as health and labor standards, allowing farmers to improve yields and incomes. We can provide both certified cocoa from various origins throughout the world and tailored certification programs, which meet customers’ specifications and organizational priorities.

Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation


Transmar Group recognizes that Child Labor is one of the major challenges facing the cocoa sector. We also realize that Child Labor is a complex and multi-faceted issue. To that effect, we strive to combat Child Labor in all origins, with a special focus on the origins in which it is most prevalent. We are working with key strategic partners with expertise in the field to implement Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation systems, which allow us to analyze the root causes of Child Labor and devise effective solutions that help to address this socio-economic phenomenon.

Farmer Trainings


Transmar Group understands that a cornerstone in any sustainability program is farmer trainings. Through farmer trainings, we aim to equip producers with the necessary tools to improve yields and therefore incomes. In an effort to help farmers achieve the very best productivity on their farms, farmer trainings focus specifically on Good Agricultural Practices. During farmer trainings, we make use of demonstration plots in several origins in order to put theory into practice for producers. These demonstration plots also show tangible and achievable production which results from implementation of Good Agricultural Practices.

Gender


Transmar Group appreciates that gender empowerment can be both a major driver of socio-economic change within rural communities and a sensitive topic within these same communities. For these reasons, when implementing gender oriented projects, we work closely with experts in the field, in order to achieve the best results, while respecting the cultural context in which we are operating.

Community Outreach


Transmar Group also believes that community outreach is an integral part of ensuring the sustainability of the cocoa value chain. Cocoa growing communities that flourish help to guarantee the long-term production of cocoa within these communities. To that end, we seek to contribute to the communities from which it purchases cocoa. For instance, in Uganda, we have supported the building of a community center and library through the premium that it has paid to its supplier. Upon completion in early 2016, this community center and library will be used by the local cocoa farmers and fellow community members. The facility also features a computer lab and will eventually host trainings for local farmers around Good Agricultural Practices and computer literacy.

ProducerPlus


Transmar Ecuador has been a forerunner within Transmar Group in its pursuit of sustainability initiatives at the grassroots level with a strong up-country presence and close working ties with farmers promoting social, environmental and commercial progress on farmer level.

In 2006, we formalized our efforts and created the Project DREAM program. The program has been our customized program fulfilling the sustainability or quality requirements of our customers while also preserving the quality of the Arriba Nacional bean, which has been in decline due to poor harvests and dilution with the CCN-51 bean. Building on the experience and selected components of the Project DREAM we are excited to introduce the ProducerPlus program.

 

PRODUCERPLUS

The ProducerPlus program was created in order to support farmers through a professionalization process. By helping small-holder farmers become professional business people, ProducerPlus contributes to the improvement of productivity on cocoa farms, thereby increasing farmers’ incomes, reinforcing rural communities, and ensuring the long-term sustainability of cocoa farming.

ProducerPlus utilizes a comprehensive curriculum to guide producers through the professionalization process. The Curriculum focuses on agricultural training, association development, and business skills, as well as a full range of socio-economic topics pertaining to the four pillars of the program: community, health, education, and the environment.

ProducerPlus emphasizes several key drivers of professionalization, including farm rehabilitation, traceability, and cocoa quality. In order to achieve these goals, ProducerPlus also makes use of tools, such as direct payment and demonstration plots.

 

CHILD LABOR

Since 2001, with the passing of the Harken-Engel Protocol, there has been a heightened awareness of child labor in cocoa-producing countries by consumers and producers alike. Transmar Group takes this issue seriously and assumes an active role in preventing child labor by working closely with our suppliers in accordance with national and international laws to ensure that child labor is not present on the farms from which we buy our beans.

We also, however, acknowledge that in many cultures, a child’s work on a cocoa farm is seen as a supplemental part of the child’s education. The child’s work may also be expected by his or her family as a source of learning and of additional income. We do not oppose the participation of children on the family cocoa farm, provided that there is strict adherence to the standard that the child continues to attend school regularly and only performs tasks of a benign nature (e.g., pod gathering, bean separating) that do not put the child’s mental or physical health at risk.

Working closely with the World Cocoa Foundation and the International Cocoa Initiative, we aim to educate farmers, villages, and communities on the issue of child labor. It is also our hope that through the variety of cocoa education programs in which we participate, we properly disseminate information on a child’s role on the farm to the appropriate individuals. Further, through our support of farmer business trainings, we help contribute to an increase in farmer incomes, which alleviates the financial pressures that push families to require that children assist with work on the farms instead of attending school.

 

GLOBAL PARTNERS

We are as careful about picking our partners as we are about picking our beans. Therefore, Transmar Group has selected partners who share both our values and commitment to socially responsible business practices, as well as our vision for a sustainable future for cocoa. We work with a variety of partners both locally and internationally, including farmer groups and organizations, government agencies, businesses, customers, and NGOs to help improve farmer livelihoods, promote environmental stewardship, foster thriving cocoa communities, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the cocoa industry.

Some of our partners include:

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

Our membership in this major industry foundation helps support cocoa farmers and their families worldwide through programs targeting economic growth, sustainable farming, and stronger communities.

International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)

As we understand the gravity and complexity of the issue of child labor, we are working closely with the ICI in the Ivory Coast and Ghana to help facilitate the implementation of their efforts. We are coordinating and sharing information, building upon each other’s expertise in this area to achieve meaningful results.


Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC)

We are active members in this cocoa supply chain industry forum, created to advance the interests of the cocoa and confectionary industries from farmer to consumer.


Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America (CMAA)

We are members of this cocoa industry organization, which seeks to foster trade and advance the interests of the cocoa beans and products industry in the United States. We serve on various committees to help further the mission of this organization.


American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)

Our membership with AmCham draws from our interest in the continued development of business relations between Germany and the United States – top trading partners united by a long history of commerce. With Euromar based in Fehrbellin, and our headquarters in New Jersey, membership in this organization is fitting. We serve on both the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committees of AmCham, allowing us to build connections and share ideas with other corporations throughout Germany.


Bundesverband der Deutschen Süsswaren Industrie (BDSI)

We are members of the Federal Association of the German Confectionary Industry (BDSI) representing the economic interests of predominantly medium-sized companies in the Germany confectionary industry. BDSI focuses on the welfare of cocoa farmers and seeks to promote and increase certified cocoa processed and sold in Germany. BDSI also provides leadership in the CEN process to develop a standard for sustainable cocoa.


Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (MAGAP)

Daniel McNamara has been with Transmar since the company’s founding and is the Group’s key technical trader, with nearly 40 years of experience in trading cocoa, during which time he has led the Group’s sales and procurement activities in the Americas region.

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Since a healthy and sustainable industry benefits all of the players in the supply chain, we offer cocoa certified by all four major certifications.

In addition, we are members of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. Pursuing certification allows us to better meet our customers’ needs and fulfill their requests while simultaneously participating in the improvement of farmer livelihoods around the globe.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these certifications, please click on the link below.

UTZ Certified—Good Inside Program

We serve on the steering committee of the UTZ Certified – Good Inside Program. This initiative works with farmers and the cocoa industry to promote sustainability by setting and enforcing standards for social and environmental responsibility and certification.

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. Farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainability earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. Transmar Group offers a selection of cocoa grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.



Fairtrade International – FLO-CERT

Fair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system - made up of Fairtrade International and its member organizations - represents the world`s largest and most recognized fair trade system.



Fair Trade USA

A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international business people.



Sedex

Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Transmar Group and its subsidiaries adhere to Sedex dictated criteria.