KANY's Triple Bottom Line

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meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs
— Brundtland Commission’s definition of Sustainable Development

KANY strives to transform its deep-rooted family values into guiding and sound business practices. We fully understand the significance of being a Global Citizen and our responsibility to better the world around us each and every day. 

Cocoa farmers are both an indispensable factor and essential link in the global cocoa supply chain. The cultivation of this cash crop remains a critical livelihood activity for hundreds of thousands farmers in Ghana. However, these vital individuals are equally the most vulnerable. Industry experts note that approximately 95% of annual global cocoa bean production is cultivated by smallholder farmers, often in regions with poor infrastructure and low income per capita. 

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As a stakeholder in the global cocoa industry community, social responsibility is a pillar of KANY’s Corporate Charter. We strive to promote a cocoa industry that is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable. To address the three pillars of sustainability, our team is proud to have established a partnership with the farmer-owned cooperative, Kuapa Kokoo. Established in 1993 and based in Kumasi, Ghana, Kuapa Kokoo is now the largest smallholder farmer cooperative in Ghana, with over 100,000 member farmers spanning six growing regions and cultivating approximately 75,000 metric tonnes (MT) of cocoa per annum.

The cooperative's core mission is to provide a medium for the social, environmental and political empowerment for those at the base of the socio-economic pyramid: smallholder farmers. Through the free contribution of extension services such as technical agronomic training, providing healthcare services, ensuring the elimination of child labour practices, and promoting gender equality, Kuapa Kokoo has become a pioneer in sustainable cocoa production in Ghana and is recognized globally. The cooperative's sustainable targets include 100% traceability of cocoa beans as well as zero deforestation within the supply chain, while providing a premium payment directly to smallholder farmers. All cocoa beans cultivated by Kuapa Kokoo farmers are UTZ/Rainforest Alliance as well as Fairtrade certified.     

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