EO in 25 objects No.4 : Divine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 44% owned by cocoa farmers.  While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and income to invest in their community, ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a voice in the cocoa industry.

Established 1998, Divine has 15 staff in London, their farmer membership now numbers over 85,000 farmers who are proactive in developing their organisation, receiving their first dividend payout in 2007.

The company’s purpose and mission – to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers through a more sustainable and equitable trading relationship – has been fundamental to the company’s success.  Divine gives cocoa farmers the biggest share, and seats on the Board, in addition to the benefits from Fairtrade it has become a leading example of what is possible both in the Fairtrade movement and of a social enterprise.