Haigh’s Chocolates is serious about its responsibilities for sustainable farming whether we are sourcing ingredients locally or overseas. Here’s some of what we do and why:
Australia does not have a viable cocoa growing industry. We therefore import premium priced, raw high-quality cocoa beans from countries around the world such as South America , Africa and the Pacific region, then roast and blend them locally, guaranteeing our high-quality chocolate production.
Where possible we source ingredients such as sugar, milk powder and dried fruit and nuts from within Australia and in support of Australian producers.
We are UTZ certified
UTZ stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources.
Among other things,this contributes to the financial sustainability of the farmer and their families. A premium is paid on the market price to these farmers to encourage best practice activities. We chose to partner with UTZ Certified because of their strong focus on supporting sustainable farming and their traceability system which assures that UTZ certified products truly relate to certified sustainable sources.
Haigh’s is proud to be the first Australian-owned bean to bar chocolate manufacturer to have achieved UTZ certification. 70% of the beans we source from around the world now come from UTZ certified farms. Our aim is to achieve buying 100% UTZ certified cocoa for all of our chocolate within the next two to three years.
Through our industry association the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) Confectionery Sector we are also part of a global partnership with governments, non-government organisations and industry, including the International Cocoa Initiative to improve the lives of West African cocoa farmers and their families through a public certification process.
We are a direct member of the World Cocoa Foundation which works in all cocoa growing regions to help farming communities.