Sustainability

Sustainability Approach

Our sustainability strategy

Sustainability is at the heart of Hannie’s strategy. We focus on activities relevant to cocoa and chocolate, where we believe that we can – and must – take a leadership position. Sustainability is a top priority for Hannie chocolate, and we work actively to foster sustainable development. All products leaving our factories will ultimately live up to our commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain.

We ensure that all products leaving our factories will ultimately live up to our commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain. Hannie is committed to manage the impact of its operations on sustainability throughout the entire value chain. We aspire to achieve steady progress by working to gradually improve our performance. With this in mind, we are constantly striving to improve our contribution to a sustainable future, and we concentrate on the most significant aspects along our value chain. We monitor our progress on an ongoing basis using a series of key performance indicators.

 Many farmers live on less than $2/day. Fairtrade fights the trade and power structures that trap producers in cycles of poverty. Many farmers in Uganda depend on a single source of income from a cash crop. Some – like coffee, cocoa and cotton farmers – get only one paycheck per year, following the harvest, which they must budget to use on all household expenses, food, school fees, and farm inputs.

Additionally, smallholder farmers often struggle for financing and credit to make ends meet during these times – 2012 survey estimated that 91% of Fairtrade producers had unmet credit needs for short-term farm inputs. Despite credit worthiness, they often are not eligible for long-term loans that would allow them to invest in production improvements on the farm, such as improved equipment or new seedlings.

Hannie will supports breaking down the systems that trap farmers in cycles of poverty through changing the financial game. The foundation of the Fairtrade system will be our approach to price and premium, how we calculate fair payments to farmers.

The Fairtrade Minimum Price applies to most Fairtrade products, and acts as a safety net for farmers and workers when prices fall below a sustainable level. The Minimum Price aims to cover the costs of sustainable production and is established by Fairtrade through an intensive consultation process with producers, traders and other stakeholders, which takes place every five years.

On top of the sale price, Fairtrade producers receive an additional Fairtrade Premium, paid to the producer organization in a lump sum. Members decide democratically on how to spend the money, such as business investments for the organization, education, healthcare, transition to organic production or community services. Neither Fairtrade nor a company they sell to can ever tell the producers how to spend the Premium. Our philosophy is that producers are best placed to know what would be most beneficial for them and their community.

Our long-term success depends on an intact and well-functioning environment; we know what it means to think in terms of generations
Our products the Hannie chocolate  produces a wide range of high-quality products, from cocoa products , specialties, and decorations. Hannie is a quality chocolate making company that servers many customers globally. we serve the entire food industry, from global and local food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants, or caterers. We offer a range of sustainable products, from both our sustainability range

Our vision for prospering cocoa communities is one in which all children can attend school and are protected from harmful work. We believe this is a shared responsibility. We therefore promote the importance of schooling in our farmer training, and work with communities to raise awareness about child labor, better understand its causes, and set up appropriate responses., we plan to provide training to raise awareness about child labor issues to our farmers and community members. In consultation with national administrative authorities.

A young boy picking cocoa pod such acts are not accepted by Hannie chocolate

 

Children carrying cocoa ponds for splitting, such acts are not accepted by Hannie chocolate
  1. Gender inequality

An estimated 60-80% of the world’s food is produced by women. Yet gender inequality remains prevalent in farming communities around the world and stands in the way of human progress around the world. This “gender gap” is particularly pronounced in agriculture, where women farmers have less access than their male counterparts to resources like land, information, credit, training and supplies.

Export crops – like cocoa and coffee – make up the majority of Fairtrade products. Those industries tend to be male dominated, with only 25% of Fairtrade’s members being women. However, Fairtrade still impacts the lives of members’ female relatives who often contribute equally to the production of commodities, though their work is seldom recognized or rewarded.

Hannie chocolate will recognizes that gender is one of many factors that influences power dynamics, as part of an intersectional web of race, class, identity or ability. Social issues present in value chains can vary culturally and regionally, making it vital that gender interventions work within the context of the communities where we operate. Thus, Hannie’s gender strategy will support producer organizations to tackle unequal power relationships, by strengthening women and girls’ human, social, financial and physical capital and to rebalance power structures between persons of different genders.

Women in rural Uganda contribute to farm labor and manage family needs and household responsibilities, yet often have limited opportunities for education, land ownership, and income generation. We are working to encourage and enable women to actively participate in farmer training activities and in farmer group administration and management. In addition, we are planning to support literacy and business-skills training, and work with women and community-based women’s groups to create income generation opportunities.

With suppliers, operations, and customers around the globe, we are conscious of the environmental impacts of both our business and our value chain. As a result, Hannie chocolate is making concerted efforts to reduce these impacts. The main focus of our efforts to date has been to reduce the environmental impacts from our own manufacturing operations, which we can directly influence. Encouraging cocoa farmers to plant trees in their garden which are acting as shades at the sometime environmental protection. To address the environmental impacts in our supply chain, we collaborate with cocoa farmers and other suppliers. In addition, we need to protect habitats and forests to conserve biodiversity and combat deforestation, a topic of significant concern in the cocoa sector

Climate change will increasingly affect weather patterns around the world, as well as water availability and agricultural productivity. Significant areas of land may no longer be suitable for cocoa growing. As a result, we need to adopt a two-pronged approach. We must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions but must also adapt to the realities of a warmer future. 

Climate change is one of the biggest threats for Fairtrade certified producer organizations and their local environments. Cocoa farmers face decreasing yields due to soil erosion around mount rwenzori, floods, and changing weather patterns. It leads to food insecurity and income losses for farmers, it is not a controversial political issue or computer model – it’s everyday life. Climate change effects – Flash Floods that destroyed cocoa farms and displacing them to different areas. currently floods from mount Rwenzori are displacing cocoa farmers Climate modeling studies predict that by 2050 coffee, tea, cocoa, and cotton will so severely have affected that production in some areas much even disappear. Farmers need support to adapt to new climate patterns, or risk losing their livelihoods.

Planting trees to address climate change

Disappearing of the glacier on mount Rwenzori as result of climate change

 vegetation changes have affected the vertical and horizontal distribution. this is because the community is cutting trees for charcoal this is why Hannie chocolate will encourage the farmers to plant trees in cocoa gardens which will act as coca shades at the sometime as vegetation cover to conserve the environment

Hannie will ensure it commit to environmental standards that protect the local ecosystem. Farmers must ensure minimized and safe use of agrochemicals, watershed protection through waste and water management. Hannie will support local biodiversity through buffer zones between fields and ecologically sensitive areas, and are prohibited from cutting down primary forest for cultivation. Fairtrade also encourages farmers to become organic by offering a higher Fairtrade Premium to those who choose both certifications.

Cocoa originated in the rainforests of Mesoamerica. Today, it is mostly grown in the full sunlight of equatorial areas. With global warming, some of these areas are expected to become hotter and drier. This will make it more difficult for cocoa trees to remain healthy and productive. To counter this, we encourage cocoa farmers to plant shade trees, including valuable timber trees. These trees will not only provide shade to protect the cocoa trees, but they will also provide an income when the aging plantation has to be replanted, bridging the income gap until new trees start bearing fruit. We are also working to develop and propagate more heat-resistant varieties of coco

Worldwide biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate. While our own operations do not impact natural habitats directly, we want to help conserving biodiversity wherever we can make a difference. Although cocoa is typically farmed as a monocrop nowadays, it originated in the rainforest undergrowth. Cocoa grows better in the presence of other plants and the shade of taller trees. One of the good agricultural practices we teach is therefore intercropping, the planting of various plants between rows of cocoa trees.

intercropping solutions with different levels of biodiversity in order to identify optimal planting regimes. In Uganda, we have started to promote agroforestry, which offers dual benefits; it diversifies farmer incomes and has a positive effect on biodiversity. We are now developing a strategy to combat deforestation, which will apply to our entire value chain, including cocoa. As an industry, we need to develop a better understanding of this issue and promote better practices. We therefore participate in sector initiatives to address deforestation.

Intercropping of cocoa with shades
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