At Seattle Chocolate Company, we’re endlessly inspired to evolve, to be better to each other and the planet, and to leave the world brighter (and more delicious) than we found it. What matters most to us is how we source our chocolate, the environmental impact the production of our chocolate has, and how, with your help, we can give back through chocolate. Read on to learn more about the journey each of our products takes, from the cacao tree to you.
Our commitment to the planet – and you
SOURCING: IT ALL STARTS AT THE FARM
We work with small farmers in Peru and Rainforest Alliance Certified farms in West Africa to ensure that the cacao we source is impacting the environment and farmers in a positive way. For the people, that means addressing child labor, promoting gender equality, making better living conditions, and higher profits. When it comes to the environment, it means climate-smart, sustainable farming methods, safeguarding forest and biodiversity, and reduced use of pesticides.
Our attention to detail continues when it comes to our colorful factory in Seattle. We’re proud of our safe, clean, and efficient manufacturing practices, and the happy workplace they provide for our incredible team of chocolatiers! We recently scored a perfect 100% on the Safe Quality Food Audit - a rigorous, independent food safety and quality program that is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers worldwide. Designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain, from the farm all the way to the retail stores, this rigorous certification lets you know that our products meet the highest possible global food safety standards.
We’re so proud of our facility that we’ve opened our doors to visitors from all over - book your chocolate factory tour today!
Sustainability: from our ingredients to our packaging
In addition to ethical and sustainable cacao sourcing, we’re constantly innovating to make sure our ingredients and packaging are as earth-friendly as possible. We are committed as a company to providing products that have recyclable or compostable wrappers, which can still be surprisingly difficult to source. Most of our colorful truffle twist wraps are now fully compostable; made from eucalyptus trees that are sustainably harvested from Forest Stewardship Council managed forests. Look for the apple core logo on the foil wrapper. These truffle wraps are expected to compost in 6-8 weeks in your home compost pile. We love the idea of all those bright truffle wrappers filling your compost bin and growing among your flowers!
Click the buttons below to learn just how to dispose of all packaging, once you’ve enjoyed the last bite.
From the start, Owner & CEO Jean Thompson has made it a priority in her life to support women, in business and beyond. For us, sharing our woman-owned story all comes down to representation. While progress is certainly being made, there’s still a massive gender disparity in the business world.
While we’re proud to be one of the early 100% woman-owned confection companies in the world, we look forward to the day when this changes and is commonplace. As we raise the next generation of leaders, we want to ensure that everyone, regardless of gender identity, race, or sexual orientation, sees themselves represented in the business world and dares to dream as high as the sky.
We also love to support women in our own community through collections like Cheers to Our Heroes. Many of our Seattle Chocolate products are also designed by independent female artists - click here to meet them!
At the end of the day, when you support a woman-owned business, you help move us further towards a world where women are given the same economic opportunities as men - which means more innovation, more collaboration, and more magic.
giving back with every bite
The best part about chocolate is its ability to make the world a better place. Whether you’re buying a treat for yourself or planning a surprise for a friend, both of our brands have plenty of opportunities to give back through your purchase.
At the heart of jcoco is its mission of giving back. From its start in 2012, jcoco has donated a percentage of all sales to organizations providing meals to people in need. Thanks to your purchases, we have donated more than 3.7 million fresh servings of food across the United States through partnerships with food banks like Northwest Harvest, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, and Food Bank for New York City.
1 in 7 americans experience food insecurity
3.7 million servings of fresh food donated
It’s important to us to stay connected to our community and the causes we all care about, so we also love to use our Seattle Chocolate collections to give back throughout the year. Whether we’re empowering the LGBTQ+ community with proceeds from our Pride Truffle Bag, fighting voter suppression and supporting breast cancer research with the Cheers to Our Heroes Collection, or supplying well-deserved treats to healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s incredibly gratifying to partner with our customers on issues close to our hearts.