The Species Legacy Auction was also sponsored by Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC), a premium fair trade chocolate company that supports conservation efforts worldwide by “giving back” 10% of their profits annually. The company is a Chairman-level member of our Conservation Circle corporate giving program, donating proceeds to Rainforest Trust projects since 2016.
We also honored ESC’s CEO Curt Vander Meer with an award recognizing his leadership in conservation as part of our 30th Anniversary Celebration on December 8th. The award given to Vander Meer recognizes not only his conservation leadership at ESC, but his dedication to global environmental sustainability. Vander Meer is a passionate conservationist, and along with his wife Lisa, purchased the naming rights to a Colombian frog during our Species Legacy Auction. They named the amphibian Pristimantis chocolatebari in honor of ESC and their commitment to high-quality, sustainably sourced chocolates.