Our entire business is Fair Trade certified. We are a member of WFTO – the World Fair Trade Organization, which is the umbrella organization for global fair trade. The WFTO monitors business compliance with the 10 principles of fair trade like transparency, respect for the environment, the payment of fair prices and no use of child labour among others. www.wfto.com
We use our own FAIR logo because we take a step beyond those directives. We want to give our customers the absolute assurance that we pay the world market price many times over, that we can guarantee the highest quality of our raw materials, buy directly from our suppliers and also ensure complete physical traceability. This means our products contain 100% fairly traded, high-quality ingredients. More info at www.zotter.at/fair-trade
All the ingredients for the chocolate come from ORGANIC cultivation. The number of the organic board of control servesas identifying information.ORGANIC control number: AT-BIO-402
The protection of the environment is a very important aspect of our corporate philosophy. Our environmental protection and our environmental measures are ISO 14001 and EMAS certified. EMAS-certified companies are recorded in a Europe-wide register and are regularly checked and monitored on a national level by environmental experts approved by the environment department. Here you can find our environmental declaration in German online.
The entire Zotter range including rarities like Bird's Eye Chili and Marc de Champagne is produced in ORGANIC quality. "For us it was important to not merely produce a niche product with an organic label, but to shift the entire range to organic cultivation. Since we have built on quality and regional culture right from the start and refrained from the use of preservatives, artificial flavours and similar shiny products from the chemical industry, it was a matter of consistently pursuing our organic philosophy."
We buy our cocoa directly from our cocoa farmers, pay much more than the standard global market price, and support them so they prioritise quality and cultivating fine flavour cocoa varieties like Criollo, Trinitario, Chuncho, Nacional and Nativo. This enables the farmers to be completely independent from the global market and its focus on low-grade consumer cocoa. We travel to the cocoa growing regions often in order to meet the cocoa farmers and in return, we invite them to visit us at our manufactory. Special, top quality products can only be created through great cooperations and personal, friendly relationships.
Fairly traded organic cocoa from small farm mixed crop cultivation is the basis of fine flavour and top quality products but also protects cultures – human as well as plant-based.
Zotter’s success is living proof that ecologically and socially sound business practices are economically viable. Zotter is one of the most sustainable companies in Austria. The company’s holistic concept, which follows on from the decision only to use organic and fairly traded ingredients, is evolving and progressing continuously. Learn more.