Our company focuses on sustainability at each step in the value chain. The process begins with the cocoa beans, most of which are imported from Ghana although some are sourced from Peru.
Our sustainable approach continues with the remaining raw materials, followed by production and, finally, delivering our specialty chocolates to the end consumers. Because sustainability is so important we insist on the traceability of all our raw materials.

Chocolats Camille Bloch SA

Sustainable Cocoa Farming In Ghana And Traceability

In Ghana we work with Sustainable Management Services. Our contacts are on-site experts and agents, as well as employees who work alongside the farmers throughout the year. They support cocoa plantation farmers on a daily basis, in particular with seedling transplantation, planning the replanting of cocoa trees, developing more efficient working practices, fermentation and pruning.

They have recently begun to help farmers find other sources of income. Sustainable Management Services’ employees work closely with the village communities to raise the farmers’ awareness of the dangers of child labor. For Chocolats Camille Bloch SA the farmers who supply us with their cocoa must be able to lead a stable life. Sustainable Management Services ensures the traceability of our cocoa beans from the village community where they are harvested.

Chocolats Camille Bloch SA

Our commitment to cocoa farmers

Our customers have the right to know where we source the cocoa beans that they consume. In practice, this means that we need to know which village community grew the cocoa beans that we carefully roast and then use to make our specialty chocolate. Only then can we be certain that the cocoa we use was grown under the right conditions.

This is also why Chocolats Camille Bloch SA employees regularly visit village communities in Ghana.Although our partnership with Sustainable Management Services is a close one, our relationship with the farmers is especially important.

For each tonne of cocoa beans, Chocolats Camille Bloch SA pays a premium to support local farmers.

We also offer each farmer an additional premium for each tonne delivered that meets our exacting quality standards. In Ghana, the price of cocoa is set by the government.

Our commitment across the value chain

We are committed to sustainable production across the entire value chain. We apply energy efficiency and sustainability principles to our entire production process at our only factory, located in Courtelary. Key elements include:
  • District heating using wood chips from the region’s forests

  • Certified hydroelectricity

  • In addition to the hygiene and food safety rules that need to be complied with, we also ensure that we use recyclable materials for our packaging, which we keep to a minimum.

  • All new purchases (machines and plants) are systematically evaluated for their energy efficiency

  • Electric car charging stations (employees and visitors)

  • Almost 10% of our energy comes from solar power (photovoltaic panels on the roof).