Around the world, Guylian is synonymous with high quality Belgian Chocolates. We’re aiming to have more consumers trying our Belgian Chocolates and want to grow our business sustainably. We are supporting several sustainability programs and make interventions in the production process with more sustainable ingredients and with less impact on the environment.
1. Project Seahorse
Guylian has been Project Seahorse’s loyal partner and main sponsor since 1998. Project Seahorse is small yet mighty team of people that makes a big difference to conservation and sustainable use of the world’s seahorses and their coastal marine communities.
In total, Guylian has provided € 2 million in support of its programs. Besides Guylian’s financial contribution the company also helps spread the word about seahorses and conservation on the millions of chocolate boxes sold worldwide every year.
Guylian shares in many of Project Seahorse’ biggest conservation successes, from the creation of 36 no-take marine protected areas to the initiation of the first global export controls for marine fishes and the creation of a bold new citizen science venture: the app and website iSeahorse. This ‘citizen science’ tool allows anyone to upload a sighting of a seahorse in the wild and thus provide Project Seahorse with vital data to improve seahorse conservation.
Our long term engagement to Project Seahorse was recognized in 2015 with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award, handed out by the Royal Belgian Committee for Distribution.
Seahorses of the World Photography and Video Competition 2018
The Guylian Seahorses of the World Competition is held every two years and gathers the best seahorse photos and videos from underwater photographers and divers around the world. Together with NELOS and Project Seahorse, Guylian’s aim for this competition is to raise awareness about seahorses, their habitats and the threats they face.
iSeahorse is a citizen science app and website created by Project Seahorse.
Whether you’re a diver, seahorse enthusiast or just a tourist on a beach holiday, you too can contribute to seahorse research and conservation. Just share your underwater seahorse sightings via the website or app and you’re providing vital data to the Project Seahorse team.
Researchers around the world use this data to better understand the species and the threats they face. With this knowledge, Project Seahorse sets up worldwide conservation projects and it’s all thanks to you and your seahorse sighting.
“Every time you buy a box of Guylian Belgian Chocolates, you help to save seahorses and the seas.”
“Every time you enjoy Guylian Belgian Chocolate 100g Bars you support Project Cocoa.”
With Project Cocoa, which is powered by the Cocoa Horizons Foundation, Guylian is committed to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, community development and the protection of nature and children. So we can all benefit from a sustainable future…together.
It is Guylian’s ambition to use 100% sustainable cocoa by 2025.
Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and to secure the future of their children.
“I feel proud that now I can say to my children – ‘Look, this is a good profession, you can stay on the farm and in our village and earn good money doing a respectable thing. There’s no need to go to work in town’.” – Brega Bi Kouadio Appolinaire, Cocoa Farmer, Côte d’Ivoire.
Curious about how our chocolate is made?
Cocoa farmers face a lot of challenges. Cocoa is typically produced by smallholder farmers in remote equatorial areas. Most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, an area that faces the industry’s most vital sustainability challenges. Among them: limited knowledge and understanding of good agricultural practices; aging farms and depleted soil; the unpredictable effects of climate change; and a lack of financing options to invest in productivity activities.
To address the challenges and achieve real progress, the Cocoa Horizons Foundation’s solutions-based approach aligns with the industry’s Cocoa Action strategy and focuses on three areas: environment, productivity and community.
Part of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative, we are mapping all farmers that are located at least 10km away from protected forests. You are making a positive impact on the world through the choice of what you buy. You’re contributing to ensuring our ingredients are deforestation-free by 2025.
Nowadays, having a neutral impact on the world isn’t enough. We’re making sure our activities have a positive impact on our world today. Our partners aren’t just carbon neutral but working to become carbon and forest positive by 2025.
“We have been taught to use the fallow lands and not new land for our farms. This is how we tackle deforestation.” Akekoua Ane Yvette, Cocoa Farmer, Côte d’Ivoire.
Our aim is to make the best quality chocolate you can buy. Different techniques are included in our farmer trainings to ensure quality beans are consistently delivered by our farmers.
“You have to open the pod gently to avoid wounding the bean inside. At every stage you have to treat the tree and the pod with tenderness and give it the time and attention it deserves to give a good harvest” – Yedan Oumar, SACO, Côte d’Ivoire
With Project Cocoa, our goal is to make cocoa farming a more profitable and desirable business for generations of farmers to come. Therefore 41% of the premium we pay is foreseen for different purposes such as productivity training to make cocoa farming an attractive and viable business for future generations.
We work with our partners to build long-term relationships with the farming communities on the ground so we can understand their lives.
“I hope to set an example for other women in my village so that they can see that there’s a way for them to have financial independence and to be proud. When I train other women, I see the effect it has on them and their confidence and independence.” – Yvonne Amenan Konan, farmer/farmer trainer, Côte d’Ivoire.
Cocoa communities often lack basic infrastructure and services, including schools, literacy and vocational training, access to safe water, and basic healthcare services. Gender imbalance also affects the sustainability of cocoa farming communities, with women having limited opportunities to build skills and generate income.
To give visibility to this project we share different sustainable messages on the inside of all our 100g bars packagings. Not only our support to this project is important for Guylian, but as a brand with positive and social impact, we also want to contribute by raising awareness around the world about the projects we support.
Cocoa Horizons is an impact driven program focused on cocoa farmer prosperity and helping build self-sustaining farming communities that protect nature and children. The Cocoa Horizons Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization supervised by the Swiss Federal Foundation Supervisory Authority.
Want to learn more about the Cocoa Horizons foundation?
The Foundation commits to annual external verification of its activities.
The Cocoa Horizons Foundation 2017-18 Progress Report as well as many other details of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation can be found on: www.cocoahorizons.org
3. Palm Oil Free
Leading palm oil free Belgian Chocolates brand
Guylian announced its ambition to become the leading palm oil free Belgian Chocolates brand by 2021. There has never been palm oil in Guylian Sea Shells, but almost all the chocolates in which we have used palm oil in the past have been replaced with sustainable shea butter and sunflower oil, resulting in smoother textured and even better tasting chocolates which are better for the planet and healthier, with less saturated fat and less sugar.