Sustainability activities

What are SDGs?

In the fall of 2015, the United Nations adopted a global sustainability agenda. The goal of the 2030 Agenda is to create a peaceful and sustainable society. At the core of the agreement are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which list areas where sustainable development must be strengthened and embedded. These include, for example, “No poverty,” “Decent work and economic growth,” “Sustainable consumption and production,” or “Climate action.”
Of particular importance is the goal “High-quality education,” which is the basis for achieving all other goals. The aim of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is to provide information about economic, ecological and social interrelationships. This is to enable people to decide and act responsibly. ESD is an integral part of the museum’s mission statement and the basis of our educational work. In our educational offerings and exhibitions, our museum guests are informed about the working and living conditions of cocoa farmers. We explain the ecological consequences of cocoa cultivation and the still unsolved problem of exploitative child labor.

Preamble

The Chocolate Museum is and will remain one of the most important points of attraction for all Cologne residents and tourists from near and far. From this we derive our responsibility as a multiplier on the subject of sustainable development.
Within the framework of Agenda 2030, the United Nations has defined 17 goals for sustainable development. We at the Chocolate Museum feel obliged to make our contribution to achieving these goals.

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Sustainability report

The world’s only museum presents the history and present of cocoa and chocolate in a variety of ways. Hans Imhoff, founder of the Chocolate Museum and a passionate chocolate manufacturer, took over the Stollwerck factory in Cologne’s Südstadt district in 1972. There he accidentally discovered discarded containers with broken machines, packaging material and old scrap files. It was immediately clear to him that he had found a treasure. He had them examined, refurbished and restored, and the foundation stone for a museum was laid.

But many years passed before the chocolate museum was opened. Hans Imhoff used this time to research the cultural and industrial history of chocolate. During this time, he built up his collection and steadily expanded it. In 1992, after his wife, Gerburg Klara Imhoff, had found the best location for the Chocolate Museum in the old main customs office in Cologne’s Rheinauhafen, Cologne’s new landmark could be created: On October 31, 1993, the Chocolate Museum was opened after only 13 months of construction. It became an unprecedented success in German museum history: with more than 550,000 visitors per year, it became one of the most visited cultural institutions in Cologne. On more than 4,000m² you will find the world’s most comprehensive presentation of the history and present of cocoa and chocolate. The diversity of the 5,000-year-old cultural history of cocoa is shown here, as well as modern chocolate production from the cocoa bean to the praline. A walk-in tropical house, natural history information on cocoa, exhibits on the pre-Columbian cultures of Central America, information on fair trade and sustainability, an important porcelain and silver collection from the Baroque period, and historic machinery from the industrialization era await museum guests. In the glass chocolate factory and the chocolate atelier, visitors can experience how chocolate products are made industrially, but also individually by hand.

The Chocolate Museum’s spatial setting offers unique learning opportunities. The environment is lively, multisensory and emotional. Discovery and action-oriented learning is possible. For children and young people, a visit to the Chocolate Museum means learning without effort, with fun and without external pressure. The museum’s interactive guided tours and hands-on activities are aimed at all museum guests. They are action-oriented and dialogue-based. Depending on the age, they are either limited to manageable subject areas or relate to more complex contexts in terms of time and content, which also require the transfer of prior knowledge.

With over 550,000 visitors per year, the Chocolate Museum is one of the largest privately run museums in Germany. In the greater Cologne area and the surrounding region, it even occupies the top position of all museums. Maintaining this popularity is one of the main objectives of our activities in order to continue to be economically successful in the future. Since the Chocolate Museum does not receive any public funding or subsidies, economic success is our guarantee for innovation and further development.

In the coming years, we will completely renew our entire exhibition and bring it up to the latest standards of visualization and museum education. This will ensure that our museum guests remain enthusiastic about the subject of chocolate in the future. We have already started with these measures and were able to completely renew our glass chocolate factory in March 2020. Unfortunately, due to the closure of the museum as a result of the Corona pandemic, we were unable to ceremonially open it.With climate neutrality, starting in 2019, we have taken a decisive step in the context of our social-ecological responsibility much earlier than originally planned in our strategic orientation. We have achieved climate neutrality through compensation measures: combining our currently irreducible CO2 emissions with climate-positive measures. In this way, we are neutralizing our carbon footprint. But this can only be the first step!In the medium term, we will continue to reduce our CO2 emissions; the long-term goal remains „zero emissions“. We will be able to go part of this way under our own steam: the part associated with efficiency improvements and reductions in consumption. However, we will not achieve 100% without the support of politics, industry and society. Not because we don’t want to, but because sustainable and CO2-free self-generation, especially of heat, is either inefficient and far too expensive due to the lack of size, or not feasible due to the lack of space for the Chocolate Museum. In this respect, new concepts and ideas have to be developed and we as the Chocolate Museum are participating in this. For example, we have recently joined the LEEN (Learning Energy Efficiency Network) Cologne in order to further develop ideas and influence and to make technical solutions usable.

In terms of sustainability, the communication of a set of values around sustainable development remains a central component of our strategic orientation. Our chocolate theme is ideally suited to explain the achievement of the UN proclaimed SDG ́s as a prerequisite for a world with a future.́ The success of the museum is also a key support for the activities of the non-profit Imhoff Foundation for Cologne. The museum building is owned by this foundation. It uses the rental income from the Chocolate Museum to promote projects in and for Cologne. The purpose of the foundation is to provide funds for projects that promote science, research and education as well as art and culture in Cologne. We are proud that our success supports the successful work of the Imhoff Foundation.

Our employees are an essential factor in the success of the Chocolate Museum. Their motivation, passion and competence ensure that we can inspire our museum guests for all topics related to chocolate. This is the only way we can remain successful in what we do in the long term. The immediate economic success of our museum is the prerequisite for the long-term existence of our activities.To ensure this in the long term, we work with the following principles in our joint work: constructivecooperationEncouraginganddemanding open communication and constructive feedback regular and sustainabletraining constant change as a prerequisite for further development.

As diverse as our museum guests, we also want to be as diverse as an employer. We are committed to non-discriminatory diversity in our museum. All people, regardless of the dimension of diversity (nationality or ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and identity, age and disability), are welcome to join us. In our corporate governance, we are committed to the 10 principles of the United Nations Global Compact. These principles on human rights, labor standards, the environment and corruption prevention are part of our museum’s binding set of values. In combination with the 17 SDG ́s of the United Nations, this results in a clear orientation for our company. We will do our part to move closer to these goals.

Thomas Schiffer is the museum educator at the Chocolate Museum and is responsible for the area of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).The Chocolate Museum employs over 30 freelancers to carry out the various educational programs. The majority of these are students from a wide range of disciplines. Among them are numerous student teachers who are particularly qualified for the educational and mediation work of the Chocolate Museum due to their studies.

There is an annual training program for the staff. One focus of the training is on the living and working conditions of cocoa farmers in West Africa, exploitative forms of child labor and the destruction of rainforests, especially in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. In addition, all measures and projects of governments, civil society and companies to ensure fair and sustainable cocoa cultivation are regular topics of our events. In addition, there are regular training courses in the field of didactics and teaching, such as inclusion or easy language, as well as other non ESD-relevant training courses in the field of cocoa and chocolate.

The quest for a paradigm shift in climate policy has had a significant impact on the social and political discussion in 2019. As early as 2017, the Chocolate Museum defined climate neutrality as one of the company’s most important goals. Our target was to achieve it by 2023.

The noticeable acceleration of global warming, but also the controversial public discussion, has motivated us to implement this goal already in 2019. It was important to us to send a signal that „business as usual“ is not an alternative for the future of our planet.

The path to climate neutrality

Climate neutrality can currently only be achieved by the Chocolate Museum by offsetting the greenhouse gases emitted. The emissions inventory required for this was carried out according to the recognized principles of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GGP). To this end, all relevant greenhouse gas emissions within the scope of the Chocolate Museum’s value chain were analyzed and converted into CO2 equivalents with the help of recognized factors (German Federal Environment Agency, DEFRA-Great Britain). All emissions of Scopes 1 and 2, as well as parts of Scope 3, were taken into account. In particular, the chocolate produced in the Chocolate Museum was completely recorded and made climate-neutral.

The addition of all relevant emissions results in a CO2 emission to be compensated for the Chocolate Museum of 502 tons of CO2 for the year 2019. In order to compensate for possible CO2 emissions that were not recorded, a surcharge of 10% was added to this sum and thus the CO2 quantity to be compensated of 552 tons of CO2 was calculated.

Kompensation
Offsetting was carried out with our partner Plant for the Planet (see appendix). Through this organization, we have acquired a combined certificate. This certificate consists of the following measures:

1. Retirement of purchased emission reduction certificates for 552 metric tons of CO2

    • Project: Wind energy – Project standard: Gold
    • Project Verification: TÜV Süd P

 

2. planting 2,760 trees (5 trees/ton CO2) on the Plant for the Planet Foundation’s own land in Yucatan, Mexico.

3. sponsoring the implementation of academies (see educational offers) and the continuous support of ambassadors for climate justice.

In this way we achieve climate neutrality of the Chocolate Museum and beyond that a positive contribution to climate justice and neutralization of CO2.

Climate positive
Beyond offsetting, we have decided to make a further contribution to reducing the global increase in CO . With Plant for the Planet, we plant an additional 33,500 trees per year in Yucatan, Mexico. In this way, we also achieve significant co-benefits for sustainable development for the local people. This is another measure that contributes to achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Last but not least, we want to encourage our partners, friends and of course our museum guests to also take steps towards climate neutrality.

Perspektive
Independently of offsetting our CO emissions, we want to reduce our energy consumption – and thus our CO emissions – with technical measures. Over the next two years, we plan to renew large parts of the technical building infrastructure and thus significantly reduce both costs and consumption. Most of the existing infrastructure is 27 years old and offers considerable potential for improvement.

Our claim
In the fall of 2015, the United Nations adopted a global sustainability agenda. The goal of the 2030 Agenda is to create a peaceful and sustainable society. The core of the agreement is formed by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which list the areas in which sustainable development must be strengthened and anchored. These include, for example, „No poverty,“ „Decent work and economic growth,“ „Sustainable consumption and production,“ or „Climate action.“ Of particular importance is the goal „High-quality education,“ which is the basis for achieving all the other goals.

The aim of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is to provide information about economic, ecological and social interrelationships. This should enable people to decide and act responsibly.

ESD is an integral part of the museum’s mission statement and the basis of our educational work. In our educational offerings and exhibitions, our museum guests are informed about the working and living conditions of cocoa farmers. We explain the ecological consequences of cocoa cultivation and the still unsolved problem of exploitative child labor.

However, we do not want to leave it at the presentation of the problems. Using current examples, we show how companies as well as governmental and private organizations are working to improve the current situation and achieve the goals for sustainable development. In doing so, we try to convey to our guests what we can all do to improve the situation.

We at the Chocolate Museum see our educational work on sustainable development as an essential part of our social commitment to a world with a future.

Mission Statement Chocolate Museum
As part of the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations has defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These include, for example: No Hunger, Decent Work, Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Climate Protection Measures. We at the Chocolate Museum feel obliged to make our contribution to achieving these goals.

Our educational offers
BNE is the foundation of all our educational offerings. In order to enable an in-depth and lasting engagement with the topic of sustainability, the Chocolate Museum strives for long-term educational partnerships with schools. The content of the museum visit is prepared and followed up in the classroom. Within the scope of our possibilities, we support teachers in organizing lessons and even come to the school if necessary. In this way, the Chocolate Museum tries to meet the high demands of ESD. After all, it is not about imparting pure factual knowledge, but about recognizing connections and thus enabling independent sustainable action. This requires a longer-term and more intensive engagement with the topic.

Themed tour „Sustainable & fair – chocolate & cocoa“.
During the one-hour tour, the students learn about the working and living conditions of farmers in the West African cocoa sector. They talk about the ecological consequences of cocoa cultivation, poverty, child labor and world trade. In the process, they discuss possible solutions together and discuss what contribution we can all make to improving the situation.

Training for teachers
The Chocolate Museum regularly offers free continuing education courses for teachers. In addition to cultural history events, training courses on the topic of sustainability are an integral part of our educational program. We are not only concerned with content, but also with the question of how this can be conveyed in an interesting and exciting way. The implementation of our training courses usually takes place in cooperation with our educational partners, such as the Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde or the Südwind Institute.

Our current training offer:

  • Chocolate – a treat for all? Fair trade and sustainability using the example of cocoa and chocolate
  • Colonial commodity cocoa – imperialism and colonialism using the example of cocoa and chocolate

Our educational partnerships
The Chocolate Museum offers schools the opportunity for long-term and sustainable cooperation. Together with the teachers, we discuss how the topic of sustainability can be meaningfully incorporated into the curriculum using the example of cocoa and chocolate. We develop customized learning opportunities that always include a visit to the chocolate museum.

Since 2018, three educational partnerships have already been concluded, and more are in the pipeline.

  • Offene Schule Köln (OSK, siehe Anhang)
  • Hildegard-von-Bingen-Gymnasium Köln
  • Prismaschule – Städtische Gesamtschule Langenfeld

Events
Numerous ESD-related events were again held in 2019. The focus was on the theme week „Chocolate and cocoa – sustainable and fair!“ and the international symposium „Agroforestry systems: opportunities and limits for the cocoa sector“. Another highlight was the presentation of the special exhibition „Bitter Bean – Sweet Pleasure“.

International Green Week
As a member of the Sustainable Cocoa Forum, the Chocolate Museum was once again represented at the International Green Trade Fair in Berlin in 2019. Museum staff members provided information about the difficult social conditions in cocoa farming and presented current projects and initiatives that strive for more sustainable cocoa cultivation. Presentations covered the entire value chain from the cocoa bean to the finished chocolate bar.

Theme week „Chocolate and cocoa – sustainable and fair!“
Since 2018, the Chocolate Museum has organized an annual Sustainability and Fair Trade theme week. This is organized together with „Plant for the Planet“ and „Engagement Global“ and always takes place at the end of May/beginning of June as part of the European Sustainability Week. Numerous guided tours and workshops are offered during the event. In addition, various organizations and initiatives report on sustainable cocoa and chocolate projects.

Special exhibition „Bitter Bean – Sweet Pleasure“
The special exhibition „Bitter Bean – Sweet Pleasure?“ was shown from July 2019 to January 2020. The exhibition takes a critical look at the social and ecological consequences of cocoa cultivation. However, it also shows what sustainable cocoa production and chocolate manufacturing can look like. The exhibition was developed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), with expert support from the Chocolate Museum. From January 2020, the exhibition will go on tour.

Symposium „Agroforestry systems: opportunities and limitations for the cocoa sector“.
In 2019, an international symposium on the topic of cocoa and sustainability was held once again. This year’s conference focused on the possibilities of sustainable cultivation methods for cocoa, so-called agroforestry systems. These offer better income opportunities and minimize negative ecological impacts. Representatives from politics, business and civil society took part. The conference was organized together with the „Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)“ and the „Südwind-Institut“.

FairTradeNight
On September 26, 2019, under the patronage of Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker, the fifth FairTradeNight took place at the VHS Forum Cologne. The aim of the event is to strengthen fair trade in Cologne and to bring the topic further into the public eye. The Chocolate Museum participated again this year and provided information about poverty and child labor in the cocoa sector. We also presented our educational work to interested visitors.

Meeting fairly – shaping fairly
From September 18 to 20, around 1,000 representatives from municipalities and cities, schools, universities, companies and associations came together in Cologne to exchange ideas on fair trade. The occasion was the award ceremony for the „Capital of Fair Trade“ competition and the 10th anniversary of the Fairtrade Towns campaign. During the event, employees of the Chocolate Museum provided information about working and living conditions in cocoa cultivation. A workshop on the topic of colonialism using the example of cocoa was also offered.

Climate Justice Ambassador Academy
In cooperation with Plant for the Planet, a Children’s Academy was held for the first time this year. Almost 60 children between the ages of 9 and 12 were trained as climate ambassadors. The all-day program included several lectures and workshops, including a rhetoric training.

Only through cooperation with other organizations and initiatives can we be successful in the long term. Intensive cooperation with all those who are committed to the topic of sustainable development is a matter of course for us.

In 2019, joint projects were realized with the following organizations, among others:

Strategic Partners
The Chocolate Museum’s strategic partners work with us to ensure that a visit to the Chocolate Museum is an unforgettable experience.

Lindt & Sprüngli
Lindt and Sprüngli has been our partner since 2006. We are proud to have the world chocolate company as our partner. Technical expertise and attention to detail ultimately lead to the wonderful products of this quality brand. Lindt and Sprüngli conveys this passion to our museum guests through the Maître Chocolatiers in our production. The company is remarkably committed to sustainability in the value chain.

www.lindt.de/nachhaltigkeit

Chocolat Shop
The chocolate museum experience also includes the purchase of exceptional products. Our partner Hussel presents an extensive, high-quality chocolate assortment that is worth a visit to the museum on its own.

CHOCOLAT Grand Café
With a gastronomic offer specially tailored to the Chocolate Museum, the CHOCOLAT Grand Café offers an enjoyable conclusion to the museum visit. Unique chocolates creations but also chocolaty offers for the whole family contribute to a wonderful experience.

Event gastronomy in the chocolate museum
A unique place, a unique gastronomy. Our event catering partners will make your celebration at the Chocolate Museum an unforgettable highlight. The Chocolate Museum is always proud to be the place of high-quality events.

Our partners in education

Engagement Global. Service for development initiatives
Engagement Global informs and advises individuals, civil society, local authorities, schools, business and foundations in Germany on development policy projects and provides financial support for them.

www.engagement-global.de

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)
The BMZ is responsible for coordinating the Federal Republic of Germany’s international development cooperation. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), among others, is responsible for the practical implementation of measures.

www.bmz.de

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GIZ is committed to international cooperation for sustainable development. The federal enterprise is active in economic and employment promotion, deals with energy and environmental issues, and promotes peace and security.

www.giz.de

Südwind-Institut
The Südwind Institute researches and acts for just economic relations. It develops instruments and possibilities for action for development policy organizations, churches, trade unions, politics and companies.

www.suedwind-institut.de

OroVerde – Die Tropenwaldstiftung
The tropical forest foundation OroVerde (=span. „Green Gold“) is committed to the conservation of tropical rainforests. In addition to rainforest protection and development cooperation on the ground, the foundation is involved in educational projects in Germany and makes recommendations to politicians, legislators and companies.

www.regenwald-schuetzen.org

Plant-for-the-Planet
www.plant-for-the-planet.org

In order to ensure the quality of our educational offerings, the Chocolate Museum has undergone two certification processes since 2018. In the process, the existing educational offerings were critically reviewed and future goals in the area of ESD were defined. Compliance with these goals is regularly monitored and documented in an annual sustainability report.

We at the Chocolate Museum are innovative and always strive to improve what we have achieved.

Mission Statement Chocolate Museum

NUA Natur- und Umweltakademie NRW
In December 2018, the Chocolate Museum became the first museum to be certified on the topic of ESD. The award was made by the Nature and Environmental Protection Academy in Remscheid. The certification process lasted over a year and covered not only the educational offerings, but also the qualification of the employees working in the educational area. The organizational structure and building management were also scrutinized.

UNESCO-Weltaktionsprogramm Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung
Learning place with awards
In October 2019, the Chocolate Museum received an award from the German UNESCO Commission for its „outstanding work“ in structurally embedding education for sustainable development.

Statement of the jury on the award:
„The Chocolate Museum Cologne is committed to making the social, economic and ecological aspects of the chocolate supply chain tangible for its visitors. In 3,500 guided tours, seminars and courses each year, the museum encourages visitors to think about sustainability issues in a way that is appropriate for the target group. The transformation of the Chocolate Museum into a place of learning for education for sustainable development has strong exemplary character!“

This sustainability report is the first report of its kind by Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH. We have committed ourselves to provide this report in annual foThis sustainability report is the first report of its kind by Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH. We have committed ourselves to make this report available to our stakeholders as an annual progress report.

Publication date of this report is 15.07.2020, 3 months later than planned due to the Corona Pandemic. Unless otherwise stated, it reports on the period from 01.01.2019 to 31.12.2019. We want to inform about what progress the company has achieved with regard to key activities for sustainable action and business.

We welcome constructive criticism and valuable comments! You can reach us by mail at: nachhaltigkeit@schokoladenmuseum.de.

Die Offene Schule Köln (OSK)
In 2018, a first educational partnership was agreed with the Open School Cologne. The OSK is an inclusive comprehensive school in free, private sponsorship. Classes are held in mixed-age groups and are based on the principle of individual support. This includes the creation of individual learning and development plans. The cooperation includes guided tours on the topic of sustainability and classroom visits by the educational staff of the Chocolate Museum.

In the meantime, several school and project classes of the Open School Cologne have visited the Chocolate Museum. These included guided tours focusing on sustainability as well as project lessons, the first part of which consisted of a guided tour and the second part of in-depth tasks. One project group focused on climate change, the other on packaging. Both topics were worked on using cocoa and chocolate as examples.

The cooperation will be extended for another two years in 2020. Further joint projects and tours are planned.

Plant-for-the-Planet
The foundation was founded in 2007 by Felix Finkbeiner, who was only nine years old at the time, and his father Frithjof Finkbeiner. Plant-for-the- Planet has set itself the goal of planting at least 1,000 billion trees to combat climate change. The foundation also seeks to raise awareness, especially among children and young people, of ecological and social problems such as poverty and climate change.

The Chocolate Museum supports the activities of Plant-for-the- Planet by having 33,300 trees planted each year on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In addition, joint events are held in which youth climate ambassadors at the Chocolate Museum provide information about climate change and possible countermeasures. In 2019, a children’s academy was held for the first time, with nearly 60 children between the ages of 9 and 12 being trained as climate ambassadors. Further academies are planned for the coming years.

www.plant-for-the-planet.org

Advanced training program 2019

  • Working and living conditions in cocoa-growing countries The colonial history of chocolate
  • Museum pedagogical training day – The pedagogical concept of the museum/li>
  • Visit to the botanical garden (Tropicarium) of Bayer AG in Monheim
  • Visit to the exhibition/collection of the Department of Ancient American Studies at the University of Bonn.
  • Chocolate distribution and advertising strategies in the 1960s to 1990s Education for Sustainable Development. (BNE)
  • What is „good“ chocolate anyway? What is Fairtrade?
2018 2019 Difference 2018/2019 in %
Visitors 548.781 575.054 +4,7
Total group offers 3.936 3.678 -6,6
thereof guided tours 2.455 2.269 -7,6
thereof sustainability tours 158 310 +96,2
Energy consumption 2.382.787 kWh 1.923.926 kWh -19,3
Energy consumption per visitor 4,34 kWh 3,35 kWh -22,8
thereof electricity (100% green electricity) 1.435.656 kWh 1.124.495 kWh -21,6
thereof heat 957.131 kWh 799.431 kWh -16,5
Chocolate production 173.953 kg 175.178 kg +0,7
of which for museum guests 16.463 kg 17.251 kg +4,8
Water consumption 8.063 m3 8070 m3 +0,1

Climate Neutral Museum.
With concrete measures such as the use of green electricity, biodegradable packaging, the retirement of CO2 emission rights and the support of a reforestation project in Mexico, we are even achieving that the Chocolate Museum will have a positive climate balance as early as 2020! As a certified educational institution for sustainable development, the topics of climate protection and ecosystem conservation become central content of the exhibitions and guided tours.

With the climate positive Chocolate Museum we want to set a sign. We hope that by doing so, we will motivate you and others to act more consciously and look for CO2-saving opportunities. We want to set a good example and make the topic of CO2 compensation through reforestation known and help to ensure that climate protection remains a permanent issue.

Cooperation with Plant-for-the-Planet.
The Chocolate Museum has a close partnership with the Plant-for-the-Planet association, which aims to combat the climate crisis by planting trees. We support this measure by having 33,300 trees planted each year on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. In addition, the Chocolate Museum and Plant-for-the-Planet organize all-day academies where children are trained to become ambassadors for climate justice.

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Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde
For many years now, the Chocolate Museum has been cooperating with the Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde in Bonn. Since 2012, the Chocolate Museum has supported the foundation’s work by selling chocolate from a “historic” chocolate vending machine in the cultural history exhibition. Over 40,000.00 € has the Chocolate Museum since then provided for the work of OroVerde..

Currently, the donations benefit the project “Organic cocoa from the rainforest” of the tropical forest foundation OroVerde in Guatemala. Within the framework of planting activities with small farmers, new rainforest is created. Organic cocoa and other foodstuffs are planted in the shade of these trees. The smallholders are also trained in organic farming methods. This enables them to produce more healthy food on less land and to maintain soil fertility in the long term. The local people benefit directly from the newly created rainforest, as they can earn a small income by selling the products – and the valuable raw material for organic chocolate is created along the way. After several years of work, the time has now come: the first rainforest chocolate made from the cocoa beans of small farmers in Guatemala is now available for purchase, produced in the chocolate manufactory Georgia Ramon.

Forum Sustainable Cocoa.
Since 2012, the Chocolate Museum has been a member of the Forum Sustainable Cocoa, an association of federal ministries, companies in the confectionery industry, trade and civil society. Together, as a so-called multistakeholder initiative, they pursue the goal of improving the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their families, as well as increasing the cultivation and marketing of cocoa certified according to sustainability standards. To this end, the members of the Forum work closely with the governments of the cocoa-producing countries.

A key objective of the Forum is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their families and to secure their livelihoods. By participating in the Forum’s working groups, the Chocolate Museum takes part in the ongoing discussion. In addition, we support the Forum’s educational work by providing expert advice and organizing educational events, such as at the Green Week in Berlin.