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Article: ROYCE' Chocolate Champions Sustainability and Ethical Production

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ROYCE' Chocolate Champions Sustainability and Ethical Production

Earth Day may annually be celebrated every April 22 but at ROYCE' Chocolate, the words "sustainability" and "ethical production" have always been integral to our mission and our daily practices.

While Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the ways businesses can harmonize their operations with the planet's health, we at ROYCE' Chocolate believe that every day is a good time to enact fair and ethical business methods that impact both the environment and society.

Commitment to Ethical Practices

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ROYCE' Chocolate is proud to be a member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). This partnership underscores our commitment for ethically-produced confections from start to finish. The WCF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2000, plays a crucial role in promoting social wellbeing, economic development, and environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities. 

With about 70 member companies, representing over 80% of the global cocoa and chocolate market, the WCF orchestrates collaborations that significantly benefit cocoa-producing regions and their workers. These efforts include support programs that equip farmers with necessary skills to operate productive farms and make informed business decisions. Our membership in the WCF is a testament to our dedication to the sustainability of cocoa, the health of the planet, and the prosperity of cocoa farmers worldwide.

The ROYCE' Cacao Farm in Colombia

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In pursuit of excellence, ROYCE' Chocolate established its own cacao farm in Colombia in 2014. After extensive research and site visits, we partnered with a local company that not only manages the farm but also provides technical assistance to neighboring farmers. This collaboration includes educational programs and logistical support, fostering a community of growth and sustainability.

Our commitment extends beyond mere management. We respect and value the expertise of the local staff who cultivate cacao with passion and pride, ensuring that their hard work translates into profitability and recognition of Colombian cacao. This initiative allows us to further ethically source and produce our confections while also exploring the vast possibilities of chocolate production — from cultivation to processing.

How Japan Does Chocolate

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Through the ROYCE' Cacao Farm and our broader ethical sourcing practices around the world, we aim to showcase the ardent dedication of Japanese craftsmanship when it comes to innovation and quality by way of Japanese chocolates. This credo is reiterated at our factory and headquarters in Hokkaido, Japan where our confections are made with adherence to high-quality production strategies and strict hygienic standards. We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what chocolate-making can be by exploring diverse methods of cacao cultivation, fermentation, drying, and processing.

At ROYCE’ Chocolate, we believe that the best chocolate not only tastes good but also does good — for everyone, from the farmer to the consumer. Together, let's savor the joys of sustainable chocolate and the difference it can make in the world. After all, championing sustainability and ethical production should always be guiding principles for supporting business models that prioritize the planet and its people regardless if it's Earth Day or not.


Discover How Japan Does Chocolate by ordering online through roycechocolate.com or by visiting a ROYCE' Chocolate boutique near you.

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