Guittard Chocolate Company
The Guittard Chocolate Company has joined as a funding partner in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which partly sponsors the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in West Africa to ensure quality of life for cocoa farmers in the region. They are partners with USAID and other organizations in Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions (ECHOES) Alliance which strengthens cocoa-growing communities by expanding opportunities for youth and young adults through livelihoods, literacy and basic education. Guittard was a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation, a public-private member group of stakeholders in cocoa. They are licensed by the Fairtrade Labeling Organization® to improve profits for cocoa growing farmers and source cocoa beans that are Rainforest Alliance Certified.