For a sustainable future

fairafric and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - it's a match! And in no less than 7 SDGs!

Let's turn it around!

The 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the most important agenda of our time: the call of 193 UN countries to implement measures for peace, prosperity and protection of our planet by 2030. fairafric creates impact in 7 of the 17 SDGs in all 3 dimensions of sustainability.

Claiming to be the fairest chocolate in the world, we reduce poverty, hunger and child labor by creating well-paying jobs in Africa. This leads to access to better education and health care. Not development aid, but a real opportunity.

No Poverty

Small-scale agriculture is closely linked to abject poverty. However, university graduates and well-educated people are desperately looking for jobs and regular income. Opportunities and additional income possibilities lie in the local processing of the raw materials. With conventional chocolate, however, only the cocoa beans are exported and thus about 2,350 dollars per ton of cocoa remain in Ghana. In comparison, we can bring about 17,150 $ income per ton of cocoa to Africa through production in Ghana.

Zero Hunger

Our factory employees receive a salary that is 3.8 times the Ghanaian minimum wage. In addition to creating new jobs outside the agricultural sector, we also make a difference for our farmers. For their cocoa, we pay our farmers a premium of 600 $ per ton, the highest premium in all of West Africa! Investments in their farms and better equipment have massively increased their yields. Most of the extra money is invested in the future of their children. We already have cases where their children have attained university degrees.

Good Health and Well-being

The families of production workers can easily afford regular checkups. Necessary treatments do not have to be postponed due to the lack of money. During the Corona pandemic, we provided all employees with the necessary preventive vaccinations. We also offer health and pension insurance for all employees and their families. In the cafeteria next to the factory, all employees receive hot meals from organically grown food from the surrounding area.

Affordable and Clean Energy

Currently, solar energy in Ghana accounts for about 0.5% of the country's total installed capacity. We have installed 578 solar panels on the roof of our state-of-the-art, solar-powered chocolate factory. With the solar system, we generate about 16,500 kWh per month.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Since the factory was built at the end of 2020, we have been able to create around 80 jobs. In Ghana, the daily minimum wage is 11.82 cedis, which corresponds to a monthly salary of less than 50 US$. The starting salary for factory workers is around 1,300 cedis per month (approx. 225 US$). With more skills and experience, this increases steadily. This results in a highly motivated, qualified and loyal workforce. According to the World Bank, each job in the processing of agricultural commodities creates 2.8 additional jobs in the country that would not otherwise exist.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

By not only sourcing the cocoa in Africa, but also producing the chocolate from bean to (packaged) bar in Ghana, fairafric is making a huge impact, with every bar. As more companies like fairafric develop, the demand will increase the quality of services and infrastructure and attract even more companies. A cycle of success!

Climate Action

By 2030, Ghana's energy policy aims to increase the share of renewable energies in the national energy mix to 10%. With our solar plant on the roof of the factory, we are making our contribution to achieving this goal and are pioneers. During the production of the chocolates, environmental impacts cannot (yet) be avoided, which is why we offset all CO2 emissions that occur. With our partner NatureOffice, we have offset 300 tons of CO2 for the year 2021 with a natural forest reforestation project in Togo.