Contribution to Sustainable Global Goal 8

We were recently asked about a very specific topic. That is, how we contribute to sustainable global goal 8! Here, we share our answer for you.

Goal 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals listed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.  Goal 8 includes objectives on sustaining economic growth, increasing economic productivity and creating decent jobs.  It foresees combating forced and ending modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030. Goal 8 also aims to significantly reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training by 2020.

BLYSS Chocolate contributes to Goal 8 in the following ways:

  • Increase quality and trade equality of natural cacao
    • Increase farmer income and quality of life
      • We accomplish this by growing, harvesting and trading cacao with individual farmers
      • Also by researching and documenting the processes to teach others (via in a variety of cacao nursery and farming locations in Ecuador and the Philippines.
  • Farm-direct and contribute to sustainable cacao futures.
    • Increase quality, exports and improve balance of trade
      • Not only do we do business with cacao directly, we also teach the learnings to grow like-businesses.
      • We collaborate to lift standards generally about ethical farming and trade works with farmers, cooperatives, agriculture departments agri-commercial, traders & small exporters, cacao integrators, grinders, producers, manufacturers and retailers.

Objective 8.2 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is to achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors. At Blyss, our contribution to this objective is achieved in several ways. We create our own organic fertiliser and sell to other farmers, to encourage non pesticide use; we also teach them how to make it themselves. Our focus is on teaching women / wives how to make the fertilizer. This way, the husbands can work the field while the women work at home and manage the family. By making fertiliser, they can have a second income which takes away the need to rely on how well the crop produced. Lastly, we connect coconut farmers and cacao farmers so that they can co-produce organic fertiliser for cross use.

Objective 8.3 is to promote development-oriented policies that includes support for productive activities, decent job creation and entrepreneurship. We contribute to this objective by providing funding to farmers so that they can go from chemical farming to natural farming. We support farmers with knowledge and by supplying materials. The materials are high quality natural grafted planting materials, including biodiverse cropping (coconut, bananas, beans) and natural fertiliser. We also connect farmers to sellers (if we don’t buy ourselves) and help them organise sales, logistics and approvals.

Objective 8.7 is to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.  We are strong advocates about this and lead by example by not working with any location that has child or forced labour. If we find out about any farms that does not adhere, we inform the authorities. There are ways to include children in farming activities without having them work the farm. We educate the farmers we work with about how to do this while still running their business. One method we show them is to bring the children to training to learn about cacao. Lastly, we collect and donate laptops for that are installed with language specific education. These laptops are given to farmers we work with in different villages in order to contribute to their child’s education.

Having global goals is important for the world in general. Between new technology and the media, we are more connected now than ever, not just virtually, but here on earth as well. Oil spills in one country can affect the water supply and seafood supply of another country. For this reason, it is time for everyone to be more mindful of the impact they have on the environment. Thanks to the multiple platforms of communication that are available today, companies worldwide are able to participative in collaborative global efforts such as sustainable economic growth.

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