"We do not inherit the earth from our parents; we borrow it from our children."
Chief Seattle said that. We think he was absolutely right. So we’ve taken his wisdom into consideration when establishing our company’s three primary goals: Continue doing what we love, which of course is making chocolate. Ensure that you continue enjoying the chocolate that we lovingly make. And eventually return the earth to our children in even better shape than we found it.
Doing Our Part
To achieve that third goal, we’ve taken many steps, four of which warrant mentioning here.
First, we’re operating our Calgary chocolate factory and head office entirely on green electricity. We’ve been doing so since August 2005. Our current power supplier is Bullfrog Power: www.bullfrogpower.com. Bullfrog Power's green electricity comes exclusively from wind and hydro facilities that have been certified as low impact by Environment Canada under its EcoLogoM program. With their help, we’ve reduced harmful emissions and other negative environmental impacts associated with conventional energy use. Bullfrog's power is clean, infinitely renewable, and contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Second, we re-use before we recycle. The shipping boxes we send to our dealers, for example, don’t go into the recycling bin until we’ve used them repeatedly. We actually pay to have those boxes returned to us again and again, until they’re no longer adequate for the job.
Third, we recycle, diligently. If it can’t be efficiently re-used, or it’s now used up, we recycle it. All of it: paper, cans, plastic, and cardboard.
Fourth, we use organic ingredients in as many of our chocolates as possible. By that we mean (a) whenever we can find a supplier who can reliably meet our exacting quality standards for the ingredient in question, and (b) whenever the addition of that ingredient to our recipe not only doesn’t diminish the taste of the chocolate, but improves it. As you might imagine, finding these suppliers is difficult. They’re rare. But we’ll never stop searching for them.
Walking the Talk
Few if any businesses anywhere can honestly say they’re living up to their corporate environmental responsibilities. Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut has at least made a respectable effort to do so. We’ve certainly mitigated our environmental impact and reduced our footprint on the planet. But we intend to, and are in the process of doing, much more. We owe it to our customers, ourselves, and everyone else with whom we share the privilege of living on this marvelous planet.