On The Ground In Ivory Coast

In the winter of 2016, Curt Vander Meer, the CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) traveled with other members of ESC along with members of Fairtrade America to the source of ESC’s premium chocolate. Continue exploring to learn more about their trip and download the Co-Op information by clicking the button below.

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Fairtrade is the means to help bring about a brighter future for each farmer, each village, Co-Op and each community for the present and generations to come.

Curt Vander Meer, CEO Endangered Species Chocolate

Visiting The Source

Get a first-hand look at several Co-Ops where Endangered Species Chocolate sources its chocolate and how our partnership with Fairtrade International supports positive change.


Fairtrade Premiums

Endangered Species Chocolate supports small West African cocoa producers by sourcing from Fairtrade Certified cacao farms. Over and above the Fairtrade price, we pay Fairtrade Premiums, an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.

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Two members of the Endangered Species Chocolate team traveled to the Ivory Coast and the Co-Ops there we source from to see first-hand how our partnership with Fairtrade International is effecting lives.

Curt Vander Meer

Chief Executive Officer
Endangered Species Chocolate

Ryan Gomes

National Sales Director
Endangered Species Chocolate


Take a peek at just a few photos from the trip on the ground with the people the make this chocolate possible.