Certified Operator (Certification Applicant)Esco Kivu SARL - Watalinga5 stars

Place, CountryWatalinga, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

Certified Productscocoa beans driedfair for life logo
Certification ProgrammeFair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification
Performance Rating
ChapterContent of the Fair For Life - Social & Fair Trade ProgrammeMaximumRating
1Core Principles and Values1414
2Commitment to and Management of Fair Trade Policy2716
3Respect of Human Rights and Decent Working Conditions259171
4Respect of the Environment10473
5Local Development and Community Relations1613
6Trading and Supply chain relations6649
8Traceability, Transparency and Respect of the Consumer2726
9Managing Certification and Performance4639
Total Score Performance Rating453
Certification for fair trade and responsible supply chains
Impact, special achievements & commitmentsEsco Kivu in Watalinga:Esco Kivu is a private company which was established in DR Congo in 1970 and instigated the planting of cocoa by smallholder farmers in Eastern Congo in 2000. Since then it has been promoting cocoa production through provision of planting materials, farmer training, and direct purchasing from farmers through many village stores and collection centers.Esco Kivu is a certified organic, UTZ, and FFL exporter of cocoa. Esco helped to pioneer the Eastern Congo cocoa sector and has established a regional operation that includes a sorting center, extension service and buying and exporting operation.In partnership with Theo Chocolate, Esco Kivu is training farmers in the remote Watalinga area by providing fermentation boxes to improve on the quality of the beans and other technical support. Through meeting rigorous sustainability and good agricultural practices, over 4,810 registered farmer benefit from certification premiums.Theo Chocolate visits Watalinga farmers every year since the project started.From 2012 to date, we have so far exported 2,940 MT of cocoa beans out of which farmers benefited a total of US$780,000. Esco and Theo Chocolate are committed to serve the farmers in Watalinga and in DRCongo at large despite the insecurity in the area.

Reached percentage of the applicable Total Norm Points for the overall performance
Percentage82 %

Date of Certification
Last Update06.02.2020

Back to Overview Certified Operators
HomeAboutFair for LifeFor LifeBecome certifiedOperatorsNews & communicationFAQ
Certified operatorsRegistered operatorsSuspended operatorsCertified products

Social Responsibility & Fair Trade

Sitemap / Legal notice / Print page
Social responsibility Fairtrade Certification Standard Third party inspection CSR Smallholder groups Fair trade premium Domestic trade Environment Working conditions Social company Fair product Living wage Ethical production Fair for Life For Life  

en / fr

Insight into impacts

EN/FR VITAMONT, created in 1985 in the middle of the Lot-et-Garonne orchards, has a simple concept: to produce fruit juices as close as possible to the production areas. Vitamont is the 1st…
Read more