Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation
We are as careful about picking our partners as we are about picking our beans. Therefore, Transmar Group has selected partners who share both our values and commitment to socially responsible business practices, as well as our vision for a sustainable future for cocoa. We work with a variety of partners both locally and internationally, including farmer groups and organizations, government agencies, businesses, customers, and NGOs to help improve farmer livelihoods, promote environmental stewardship, foster thriving cocoa communities, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the cocoa industry. World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America (CMAA) American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Bundesverband der Deutschen Süsswaren Industrie (BDSI) Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (MAGAP)
Some of our partners include:
World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)Our membership in this major industry foundation helps support cocoa farmers and their families worldwide through programs targeting economic growth, sustainable farming, and stronger communities.
International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)As we understand the gravity and complexity of the issue of child labor, we are working closely with the ICI in the Ivory Coast and Ghana to help facilitate the implementation of their efforts. We are coordinating and sharing information, building upon each other’s expertise in this area to achieve meaningful results.
Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC)We are active members in this cocoa supply chain industry forum, created to advance the interests of the cocoa and confectionary industries from farmer to consumer.
Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America (CMAA)We are members of this cocoa industry organization, which seeks to foster trade and advance the interests of the cocoa beans and products industry in the United States. We serve on various committees to help further the mission of this organization.
American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham)Our membership with AmCham draws from our interest in the continued development of business relations between Germany and the United States – top trading partners united by a long history of commerce. With Euromar based in Fehrbellin, and our headquarters in New Jersey, membership in this organization is fitting. We serve on both the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Committees of AmCham, allowing us to build connections and share ideas with other corporations throughout Germany.
Bundesverband der Deutschen Süsswaren Industrie (BDSI)We are members of the Federal Association of the German Confectionary Industry (BDSI) representing the economic interests of predominantly medium-sized companies in the Germany confectionary industry. BDSI focuses on the welfare of cocoa farmers and seeks to promote and increase certified cocoa processed and sold in Germany. BDSI also provides leadership in the CEN process to develop a standard for sustainable cocoa.
Ministry of Agriculture, Ecuador (MAGAP)Daniel McNamara has been with Transmar since the company’s founding and is the Group’s key technical trader, with nearly 40 years of experience in trading cocoa, during which time he has led the Group’s sales and procurement activities in the Americas region.
UTZ Certified—Good Inside ProgramWe serve on the steering committee of the UTZ Certified – Good Inside Program. This initiative works with farmers and the cocoa industry to promote sustainability by setting and enforcing standards for social and environmental responsibility and certification.
Rainforest AllianceThe Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and promote the rights and well-being of workers, their families and communities. Farms that meet comprehensive standards for sustainability earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. Transmar Group offers a selection of cocoa grown on Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.
Fairtrade International – FLO-CERTFair trade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and traders, businesses and consumers. The international Fairtrade system - made up of Fairtrade International and its member organizations - represents the world`s largest and most recognized fair trade system.
Fair Trade USAA nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international business people.
SedexSedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not for profit membership organization dedicated to driving improvements in responsible and ethical business practices in global supply chains. Transmar Group and its subsidiaries adhere to Sedex dictated criteria.