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Delivering sustainable chocolate through collaborative efforts with Deloitte and Wildness

  • Deloitte’s WorldClass initiative celebrates inclusivity and the positive difference of a collaboration with social enterprise, Wildness
  • Wildness and Barry Callebaut are coming together to push sustainability in chocolate forward
  • Give the gift that gives back – Wildness’ chocolates are available for sale
     

SINGAPORE, 9 February, 2021 - The Barry Callebaut Group, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, joins organic chocolate manufacturer and social enterprise, Wildness, and Deloitte Singapore to contribute to the communities and lead sustainability efforts in the chocolate industry.

As the world’s largest professional services organisation, Deloitte aims to use its global reach to enable more individuals and communities to access education, skills development and opportunities through its WorldClass initiative, by preparing 50 million people for the future of work by 2030. In Southeast Asia, Deloitte aims to reach 2 million people by 2030.

As part of this initiative, Deloitte partnered with Wildness who uses sustainable chocolate and works with adults with special needs at APSN CFA (Association for Persons with Special Needs Centre for Adults) to manufacture beautiful handmade organic Deloitte WorldClass chocolates.

Made with fine dark organic chocolate and combined with fruits and nuts, these chocolates celebrate inclusivity and help people with special needs be work-ready by providing real industry training, employment opportunities and most importantly, build their confidence.

All proceeds from the sale of the chocolates go directly to Wildness.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with Wildness under our WorldClass initiative where our key priority is to drive programs for the underserved by investing in people and lifelong learning. As a purpose-driven organization, we strive to leave no one behind and our commitment with Wildness helps connect special needs adults with the resources such as job training or skills to expand employment opportunities,” said James Walton, Corporate Responsibility Leader, Deloitte Southeast Asia.

Committing to sustainable chocolate

Dedicated to actively contributing to the community, Wildness commits to only using the finest ingredients and environmentally sustainable methods for its organic handmade chocolates. Chocolate manufacturers like Wildness have turned to sustainability programs like Cocoa Horizons and incorporating 100% sustainable chocolate made from Callebaut chocolate.

This initiative is one of Barry Callebaut’s key sustainability programme that will enable it to achieve its Forever Chocolate commitments in making sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025. It is the most effective avenue for chocolate manufacturers, artisans and retailers in leading the movement in driving change in cocoa farming communities including to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, eradicate child labour, and protect nature.

The successful partnership with Barry Callebaut shows how manufacturers like Wildness can make a positive difference in the industry.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business strategy. We are happy to be working in partnership with our long-term customer in paving the way for sustainable chocolate. This collaboration serves as a perfect example for chocolate manufacturers and artisans to work towards a common goal in making sustainable chocolate the new norm,” said Denis Convert, Vice President for Gourmet at Barry Callebaut Asia Pacific.

“Since our founding, we have made quality and sustainability a priority. Our partnership with Barry Callebaut and Deloitte serves our purpose in making a positive impact on our community and continually brings innovative sustainable products to meet our consumers’ needs. Today, we are proud to succeed as a soci0o5al enterprise supporting the training and development of adults with special needs,” said Marie Monmont, Founder of Wildness.

Give the gift that gives back
To support this cause, Wildness chocolates are now available for sale in an exclusive package for Chinese New Year. Help to spread the cause by gifting to your friends and family: https://marketforgood.com/chinese-new-year-deloitte-box

Press Contact

Marie Li
Deloitte Singapore
Marketing &
Communications
meijli@deloitte.com

About Barry Callebaut Group (www.barry-callebaut.com)

With annual sales of about CHF 6.9 billion (EUR 6.4 billion / USD 7.1 billion) in fiscal year 2019/20, the Zurich-based Barry Callebaut Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products – from sourcing and processing cocoa beans to producing the finest chocolates, including chocolate fillings, decorations and compounds. The Group runs more than 60 production facilities worldwide and employs a diverse and dedicated global workforce of more than 12,000 people.

The Barry Callebaut Group serves the entire food industry, from industrial food manufacturers to artisanal and professional users of chocolate, such as chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, hotels, restaurants or caterers. The global brands catering to the specific needs of these Gourmet customers are Callebaut® and Cacao Barry®, Carma® and the decorations specialist Mona Lisa®.

The Barry Callebaut Group is committed to make sustainable chocolate the norm by 2025 to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods. It supports the Cocoa Horizons Foundation in its goal to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future.

About Deloitte

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), its global network of member firms, and their related entities (collectively, the “Deloitte organization”). DTTL (also referred to as “Deloitte Global”) and each of its member firms and related entities are legally separate and independent entities, which cannot obligate or bind each other in respect of third parties. DTTL and each DTTL member firm and related entity is liable only for its own acts and omissions, and not those of each other. DTTL does not provide services to clients. Please see www.deloitte.com/about to learn more.

Deloitte Asia Pacific Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a member firm of DTTL. Members of Deloitte Asia Pacific Limited and their related entities, each of which are separate and independent legal entities, provide services from more than 100 cities across the region, including Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.

© 2021 Deloitte Southeast Asia

About Wildness (www.wildness.co.nz)

Wildness is a Social Enterprise in Singapore. We are harnessing the passion, skills and energy of exceptional Singaporeans with special needs at APSN CFA (Association for Persons with Special Needs Centre for Adults).

Packed with Eco-Friendly materials, our delicious organic chocolates are handmade using only the finest ingredients and environmentally sustainable methods.

We were founded in New Zealand in 2014 and based in Rimutaka prison where we empower inmates with skills in chocolate manufacturing processes. We were the first organisation in New Zealand to provide full wages to inmates behind bars.

All our product packaging is printed locally in Singapore and New Zealand using sustainable soy-based inks on bio-degradable paper and sleeves. Wildness is proud to work in two countries who share a passion for integrity, sustainability, environmental awareness, organic foods and social progress.

We believe it is time for us all to be ethical in our work for our children’s future.

Organic, Sustainable, Ethical, Enviro-friendly
 

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