To guarantee the traceability of all the raw materials, thus creating partnership relations with the farmers, who remain the owners of their lands, in order to guarantee long-term sustainable supply of the essential resources and an equitable deal.
The company takes care to improve education and infrastructures in the farming communities, as well as training for the farmers themselves. This approach allows us to establish a direct contact with the cocoa farmers and to boost fair working conditions, as well as the quality of the cocoa grown on the plantations. In this way, ICAM implements an independent process for the verification of the sustainability programme, such as the projects set up in the Dominican Republic, Uganda and Peru. ICAM limits the role of the intermediaries and pays farmers a fair price for the cocoa they produce.
This ethical management of every single relationship places the company and the farmers on the same footing, with both becoming trading partners ready to work together to cope with the changing conditions of the markets. ICAM guarantees farmers a fair price, not simply in terms of payment for the harvest, but in terms of overall value, in which importance is also placed on human capital and lasting purchasing contracts, aimed at the creation of a stable business relationship founded on respect and empowerment.
- Dominican Republic
- Stories of sustainable production chain
The objectives of the fair-trade certifications combine a reduced environmental impact with better working conditions, education, and support for better farming methods, thus allowing the cultivators to obtain a higher profit through larger sales volumes, a better cocoa quality and hence a higher price.
The fair-trade certifications used by ICAM in 2019 are: A protocol that subjects producers, importers, and processors to controls, guaranteeing that the certified products conform to the fair trade standards, and thus contribute to the development of the producers. Its recognition is worldwide.
UTZ is the largest program for sustainable coffee and cocoa agriculture in the world. It is similar to the Fairtrade protocol, but has a reduced number of requirements, in that it is prevalently concentrated on the sustainability and transparency of the supply chain. The UTZ certification is a significant point of reference in the American market.
Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental body who works to conserve biodiversity and guarantee sustainable living conditions, transforming the use of the earth and commercial practices.
Rainforest Alliance has begun a merger with UTZ.