Our mission & vision

Strong cocoa communities and a responsible chocolate industry, where justice and equality are the norm for all.

The Chocolonely Foundation supports projects and organisations that contribute to decent livelihoods in cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, facilitate systemic change, and challenge the status quo.

What we do

We focus on funding projects in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire that fall into these two categories:

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Strong, resilient & inclusive cocoa
communities

We want people of all ages to have the opportunity to shape their own future. We believe a decent education, good infrastructure and the ability to make a decent living help make this possible. In this pillar, we concentrate on communities in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire where Tony’s works in partnership with cocoa farming communities.

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Piloting, innovating, challenging

We want to foster a diverse landscape of local organisations and businesses. We want to make alternative and innovative interventions available for responsible cocoa industry actors. That's why we facilitate collaborations between organisations, encourage innovative pilot projects and unconventional partners and provide seed funding to local - Ghanaian and Ivorian - organisations and businesses.

Project criteria

To be considered for funding, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • The project must directly contribute to the advancement of our mission and fall within one of our two categories of action.
  • The approach must be demonstrably effective and/or innovative.
  • The results achieved by the project must be freely available.
  • The initiative's geographic scope must focus on Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire.

Who are we

The Foundation

The Chocolonely Foundation shares a name with Tony’s, yet it is an independent organisation and its board makes its own decisions. The Chocolonely Foundation supports projects and organisations that contribute to decent livelihoods in cocoa growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, facilitate systemic change, and challenge the status quo.

The Chocolonely Foundation supports Tony’s mission by focussing on activities that fall outside the direct cocoa supply chain. It was founded in 2008 when the bright red Tony’s bars started turning a profit. It’s primarily funded by a dedicated 1% of Tony’s annual turnover. The board meets regularly to assess project proposals and decide on its long-term strategy.

The Board

Anna Laven
Anna Laven
Head of the board
Liedewij Hentenaar
Liedewij Hentenaar
Secretary
Syro Ronan Ronda
Syro Ronan Ronda
Treasurer

More details

Years of existence: 14

Number of projects: 52

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