What is a Social Enterprise?

Mara Mennicken

A social enterprise is more than just a business. It is a mission to use incoming revenue to not only support the humans behind the brand but also direct profits back into our community to aid socio-economic well-being and enhance initiatives that help protect the environment.

At The Good Chocolatier, we like to shape our chocolate company just like we create our treats…good and healthy for our customers to enjoy without guilt.

What Makes Us A Social Enterprise?

Our goals for fairly traded, organic chocolate go beyond a delicious taste in the mouth (although it makes us very happy to hear you say YUM!). We are built upon three fundamental pillars:

Inclusive employment

Working alongside the PALS Autism Society, we provide employment for those who have never been able to reap the benefits of paid employment before. Since June 2018, we’ve hired a number of the PALS community to help wrap and label our chocolates and send them on their way to our chocolatier community. Helen NG, Social Enterprise and Employment Manager mentions:

“Not only has our partnership with Mara allowed for six of our students to receive paid employment for their work for the first time, it has also provided the opportunity for these students to learn a variety of new skills previously not in their repertoire…We are extremely thankful for the partnership that has formed between PALS and the Good Chocolatier. They have been, and continue to be, an important advocate for our Social Enterprise.”

It’s the S.O.P…Sustainable, organic, plant-based!

We don’t just go to any old shop and buy products with the label ‘organic’ for our chocolate ingredients. We personally visit each place where the products are produced and find companies that align with our core values.

That’s because we don’t just want to meet minimum requirements so that we may ‘fit in the market’, we want to make sure all our processes are ethical and everyone involved is paid fairly.

No artificial colours, no artificial flavours, and no animals or people harmed in the making: that’s the motto we live by to become a leading chocolate company in Vancouver.

Recyclable packaging

You’ve heard it before…plastic kills our ecosystems, and we want to own the responsibility as distributors to ensure best practices for every process which creates our chocolicious products. How?

Our wrapping may look like plastic from the outside, but it’s actually made from sugarcane (surprise!). There are many new ‘plastics’ being released using materials like cornstarch, however, did you know that if they are not organic, they still negatively impact our environment? That’s why we ensure all our packaging can be recycled, including the outside labels which are paper-based.

*Spoiler Alert! Make sure you also watch out for more updates to follow, because we have some big plans for more eco-friendly packaging to come…

Why Is Social Enterprise Important To Us?

Social Enterprise is the new Chocolate Fondue! Everyone can share, it’s fun to participate and you can wash up the pot afterwards to be used again the next time! And that’s what’s truly important to us as a growing chocolate company. We’re excited to make a direct impact on our local community and economy, support the preservation of our planet, all whilst providing ‘good’, healthy treats that everyone can enjoy.

About the Author Mara Mennicken

I am a chocolate lover and health enthusiast. I believe in nurturing my body with the best I can find because I want to turn 100 healthy years old.

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