The Swiss NGO OneAction, the commodity trading alumni association CTA and a Swiss chocolate artisan joined their forces to change the cocoa-trading paradigm by creating an organic, ethical and sustainable chocolate that goes beyond fair trade: BANYAN ALLIANCE

Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.
Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.

Our vision

Our vision is to create an inclusive and respectful cocoa-trading model that goes beyond fair trade and that creates strong unity and solidarity between actors along the value chain, ensuring proximity, transparency and dialogue, from producers to consumers. We believe in creating a social business that provides the highest organic cocoa quality, while respecting environmental sustainability, empirically valuing the input and living conditions of all actors involved through a blockchain-backed label, and directly participating in social and environmental projects.

Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.

Our approach

Banyan Alliance’s approach is to limit intermediaries and to create the final product in the country of origin. Our model contributes to empowering the whole local industry from cocoa farmers to grinders and ensures that a large part of the added value is maintained within the country. Thanks to the innovative label Equal Profit, we go beyond fair trade by ensuring that margins are equally distributed between all actors, proportionally to their production costs. To promote environmental sustainability, we encourage the use of indigenous species and organic agroforestry techniques, while compensating the carbon emissions generated by the chocolate production through reforestation activities. Finally, we use 5% of our revenues to support the NGO OneAction and its various educational and environmental projects around the world.  

Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.

Our chocolate

Our first chocolate was born in Ecuador, where cocoa was tasted for the first time more than 5,000 years ago, and where the indigenous fine cocoa variety Nacional grows. Our team discovered these precious gems and unanimously selected the single origin Nacional beans from the province of Los Ríos. We came together with local small cocoa farmers to create the first edition of Banyan Alliance’s chocolate. To guarantee the best quality and taste, a well-established Swiss chocolatier elaborated the recipe, making sure to release all the rich aromas of this fine cocoa and to best reveal its terroir. Discover our 81.8% vegan and organic dark chocolate from Los Ríos and its exceptional aromatic strength and length on the palate. Its taste is refined with floral notes of jasmine, representative of the Nacional cocoa beans, and it holds a powerful and rich fine cocoa aroma with a delicate final hint of dried roasted fruits.

Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.

Our Master Chocolatier

Marc-André Cartier, our master chocolatier, comes from a family of Swiss chocolatiers active for the past six generations. A lover of Grand Cru fine chocolates and their origins, he became more and more interested in going back to the source. After taking part in projects in African cocoa-producing countries to encourage transfers of knowledge, he joined Banyan Alliance, motivated by the idea of creating a traceable and ethical chocolate and linking chocolate artisans in Switzerland directly to small cocoa farmers and high-quality beans around the world.

Banyan Alliance, a unique chocolate beyong fair trade.

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