The conservation-minded chocolate company, Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC), has selected Rainforest Trust as one of its new partners for its 10% Giveback Program from 2016 to 2018. The program donates 10 percent of ESC’s annual net profits (or a minimum annual donation of $10,000, whichever is greater) to partner organizations, funding projects that are deemed most important to achieving their conservation goals.
In the past three years, ESC’s program has donated more than $1.2 million to its chosen beneficiaries. Partner organizations are carefully selected based on their aggressive and clear missions to effectively achieve species preservation and habitat conservation. The rigorous selection process reflects ESC’s own mission and values, which include using ingredients that meet strict standards for quality, ethical trade and environmental sustainability.
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“In a world where rainforest destruction has been swift and devastating, it is encouraging to see Endangered Species Chocolate take a stand against habitat destruction,” said Will Thomas, Director of Media and Outreach at Rainforest Trust. “We are excited to work with a company that shares our vision for a healthy planet where endangered species can not only survive, but rebound and thrive.”
ESC noted that Rainforest Trust’s passion for conservation and success in saving 11 million acres of tropical forest habitat struck a chord with the company’s staff, who are thrilled to be supporting Rainforest Trust’s goal to protect a total of 20 million acres by the year 2020.
“Aligning with Rainforest Trust is truly a continuation of the great partnerships Endangered Species Chocolate has already had,” noted Curt Vander Meer, CEO, ESC. “We are excited to aid in the missions of these impactful organizations as we welcome them to the ESC family.”
“Rainforest Trust is honored and so very grateful to be chosen by ESC as a partner organization,” said Dr. Paul Salaman, CEO of Rainforest Trust. “Their support will enable the preservation of thousands of acres of rainforests and tropical habitat for endangered species over the coming years.”
As a partner organization, Rainforest Trust will be spotlighted inside ESC’s chocolate bar wrappers. So next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up your favorite ESC bar and smile knowing that your chocolate indulgence sends support to Rainforest Trust.