Fairtrade 2.0

We don't donate anything to Africa.

We simply produce in the country of origin and pay fair wages.

Fairchain: Next Level fair trade

The problem

The Global South produces raw materials that are only refined into finished products in the industrialized countries. In this way, rich corporations in the Global North become richer and richer. Unfortunately, neither Fairtrade nor the Supply Chain Act have so far done anything to change this.

The solution

Fairchain. The Fairchain movement advocates leaving the entire production process of goods in the country of origin of the raw materials. This is where we come in - by producing the finest organic chocolate - tree to bar in Ghana.

Therefore "Made in Africa

We not only fight poverty, but also offer fair opportunities for the future.

Better infrastructure

Value creation in Africa is hardly possible because of the poorly developed infrastructure. If there are more companies like fairafric, the quality of services and infrastructure increases locally, which in turn attracts new companies.

Qualified jobs

Farming is closely associated with poverty. Working in manufacturing is not. Real change can only happen when people move away from small-scale farming.

Access to health care

All fairafric production workers and their families have health insurance. This allows them to afford health care. Necessary treatments do not have to be postponed due to lack of money.

Education

Education costs money. While small farmers can hardly afford the fees for elementary school, a qualified job allows the education of the children up to a university degree.

Sustainability

Together with our partners, we help farmers to manage their farms more sustainably. At the same time, we are constantly working to optimize our own sustainability - for example, since the end of 2018, our chocolate has been produced in a climate-neutral way.

Equality

Both in Germany and in Ghana, we stand for equal rights in the workplace. Equal opportunities, flexible working hours and women in management positions are a matter of course at fairafric.

What we do concretely

With our holistic concept, we want to be a role model for the entire industry and set the highest standards:

‣ human and children's rights

‣ Working conditions and health

‣ Protection of the environment

Fair conditions in our factory

4 times minimum wage

We pay at least four times the minimum wage in Ghana.

Healthcare

The health insurance applies to the whole family of our workers.

100% Ghanaian Management Team

Our management in Ghana currently consists of 5 men and 4 women.

Subsidized food

Our new restaurant next to the factory will be opened soon.

Free commute

Our bus picks up all employees from the region and brings them safely to the factory.

We go one step further

We rethink "fair" trade and set new standards for "sustainable development".

We create added value in the country: In our solar-powered factory, 80 people can be employed directly on site in a rural region from the first year on.

In this way, we promote the development of local economic structures and also create indirect jobs for suppliers.

Thus, a multiple of local income remains in the country (compared to industrial and fair trade chocolate):

The impact of fairafric

Schokoladenindustrie

~2.350$

Ghana's income per ton of cocoa when exporting the cocoa beans and adding value ( = production of the chocolate) in the Global North.

Fairtrade

~ 2940$

Ghana's income per ton of cocoa when cocoa beans are exported and value is added in the Global North (price is composed of 2400$ minimum price + 240$ Fairtrade premium + 300$ organic premium).

fairafric

> 17,940$

Ghana's income per ton of cocoa produced and value added in Ghana.

By producing fair chocolate in Ghana, we manage to raise local income to 17,940 US$ per ton of cocoa beans.

This is how the 17,940 US$ come about: On average, an 80g bar of fairafric chocolate contains 51.69g of cocoa. For this we need 77.84 grams of cocoa beans for the production, since a part is lost during the processing (from the cocoa bean is first cocoa mass and then made) or the cocoa powder resulting as a by-product is used elsewhere. Accordingly, we produce about 12.85 bars per kilo of cocoa beans or 12,846 bars per ton of cocoa beans. Per bar, 1.40 US$ remains in Ghana, the country of origin. This results in 17,940 US$ per ton of cocoa beans.

fairafric pays a premium of 600 US$ per ton of cocoa, this payment is additional and is paid directly to the farmers.

We asked our employees in Ghana: What does it mean to you to work at fairafric?

Interested in even more background information?

Then we recommend you the following documentaries.

Chocolate without regret / Arte Re: (2019)

Our chocolate cravings have a bitter aftertaste. The cocoa mostly comes from West Africa, and hardly anyone knows what misery our consumption causes there. But three companies offer an alternative in different ways.

Ghana Grows Our Cocoa, So Why Can't It Make Chocolate? (2022)

Business Insider shares a behind-the-scenes look at the chocolate industry.

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