Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification
We have exciting news!
In March 2013, our chocolate company earned Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification. Fair for Life is a rigorous third-party certification for social accountability and fair trade. Above and beyond fair trade certification, it looks at a company’s practices as a whole, including the ingredients used in its products.
Why are we doing this?
Because it’s people who make our products possible. And that means everyone in the supply chain — from the farmers who grow and harvest the cocoa, to those who transport it, transform it into chocolate, process your order, package it, and ensure it arrives ready for you to enjoy.
It’s our belief that every person in this process should be treated and compensated fairly. Third-party certification offers us and you, our customer, the best assurance of this.
As a company that sources ingredients from all around the globe, Lake Champlain Chocolates is proud to have earned Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification. As a customer, you can feel good knowing this certification affirms the following:
• A price premium is paid to the cocoa farmers and co-ops.
• Certified products originate from fair trade producer operations.
• LCC is engaged in long-term partnerships and socially responsible trading practices with its suppliers/purveyors.
• LCC respects the labor rights of its own employees, providing good working conditions.
• LCC is a good community citizen and practices environmental responsibility.
Which products are certified?
Achieving Fair for Life certification for a finished product is an additional, rigorous process — above and beyond the use of fair trade chocolate. You’ll recognize individual products that have met this standard by the Fair for Life icon on the packaging:
Our first products to achieve this certification are part of our line of organic chocolate bars. Additionally, our cocoa-powder based hot chocolates are certified by Fair Trade USA.
We look forward to expanding the number of products that carry the Fair for Life label, and invite you to look for this mark on your favorite LCC products.