Ethics & Beliefs
Butlers Chocolates is committed to The Ethical Trading Initiative. We are committed to sourcing ethically traded ingredients and believe that the ethical trading policies and supplier alliances promote fair treatment for all.
We take the issue of child labour very seriously and have received from our chocolate and coffee suppliers written commitments to ethical trading. This includes ensuring that employment is freely chosen, that there is no forced labour and people are free to leave their employment after reasonable notice. It supports wages meeting at least minimum national legal standards and working hours that are not excessive.
We expect our suppliers and other parties involved in our business to comply with these ethical codes. Some of our larger suppliers also have forged close alliances in West Africa and ensure that individual farmers receive a fair price as well as financially sponsoring rural infrastructure and donating to local villages and schools.
Butlers Chocolates also support local charity initiatives through product donations and also work closely with the HOPE Foundation.
BUTLERS "CUP FOR" INITIATIVE
On May 24th 2016, Butlers Chocolates once again undertook a high-profile initiative to help combat homelessness. The ‘Butlers Cup for Capuchin’ campaign saw Butlers Chocolates donate all sales of hot drinks sold in all of its 18 Butlers Chocolate Cafés in Ireland to the Capuchin Centre for Homeless people and local homelessness initiatives in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Over €30,000 was raised, making the day a huge success.
Previous recipients of the Butlers Cup for initiative;
2013 - 2015: The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Geoff Meagher, SVP National President, said: “This initiative is very important in helping us provide assistance for all those who seek our help and support. “We rely heavily on both public donations and fund-raising activities in order to help the many people who continue to struggle to maintain a basic standard of living. We thank Butlers Chocolates once again for organising this day." The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the largest voluntary, charitable organisation in Ireland, seeking to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need. The ‘Butlers Cup for SVP’ initiative was aimed at helping the Society to assist even more people in need, and make life just a little bit easier for those in need.
2012: Focus Ireland
Butlers Chocolates & the HOPE Foundation
The Hope Foundation is an Irish charity that is working to improve the lives of the street children of Calcutta. By providing housing, day care & education the charity aims to give hope to children who would otherwise have nothing.
Since 2004, Butlers Chocolates have produced a special HOPE chocolate bar for the HOPE foundation, which is sold in schools and businesses around Ireland for €2.00.
The Hope Foundation works to free street children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse and poverty. In 2011, the HOPE foundation launched a major fundraising initiative entitled “A Day of HOPE”, which takes place each Autumn.