Contributing to global carbon neutrality

Our environmental challenges

Our activities – from growing cocoa to selling chocolate – have an impact on the environment. At Valrhona, we are committed to minimizing these impacts. This makes sense from a commercial point of view, but also and most importantly to guarantee us a healthy future and a healthy planet.
This is why we mainly focus on contributing to global efforts to achieve carbon neutrality. We strive to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon footprint of our chocolate factory and our transport-related emissions, as well as by combatting deforestation and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.
We are actively working to minimize our environmental impact, including reducing waste, using renewable energy and designing our products with the environment in mind. We ensure that our chocolate factory complies with the most stringent environmental regulations.

Our objectives and progress

-38% of greenhouse gas emissions

since 2013. Objective for 2025: -60%.

91% of waste recycled

Objective for 2025: 100%.

69% of renewable energies

in the energy mix. Objective for 2025: 79%.

83% of packaging

is recyclable. Objective for 2025: 85%.

93% new products

meet our eco-design criteria. Objective for 2025: 100%.

-18% of global waste production

Versus 2013. Objective for 2025: 50% reduction.

-60% of water consumption

Versus 2013.

-36% of total energy consumption

Versus 2013. Objective for 2025: 50% reduction.

Carbon Neutrality

We are taking action against climate change. That's why our goal is to become carbon neutral from plantation to plate by 2025. 

In 2013, we conducted our first carbon footprint report to get an idea of our emissions throughout our value chain and to fine-tune our initiatives. 

In 2018, we updated our carbon footprint report to measure the impact of our actions and update our data.


Reducing our environmental impact involves two aspects: reducing our carbon footprint and reducing our energy consumption, all while promoting alternative energy sources.

As part of our efforts to be an exemplary manufacturer in terms of energy consumption, we are proud to say that for the past four years, 100% of our electricity has come from certified purchases of hydroelectric power.

Through these energy purchases under Guarantee of Origin Certificates, we help finance the renewable energy sector.


In order to limit its direct emissions, Valrhona has also adopted a transport policy that supports the reduction of GHG emissions linked to employee travel.

This approach also applies to the transport of our goods around the world, particularly by air.

This is why, since November 2019, we have been committed to the FRET21 approach in order to integrate this issue into our strategy to significantly reduce this type of greenhouse gas emission.

Water management

Minimizing our environmental footprint also means reducing our water consumption in our industrial activities.

In the manufacturing of its chocolates, Valrhona strives to limit its environmental impact, pollution and resource consumption.

We are now devoting particular attention to our water usage, with the specific objective of cutting our 2013 consumption rates in half by 2025.

Waste management

As a business that uses raw ingredients to make chocolate, we are making every effort to limit the amount of waste we produce and improve the ways we recycle and recover.

Our objectives for 2025: to achieve our target of recovering 100% of our waste, while cutting in half the amount we generate as compared to 2013.


Our aim is to offer our customers increasingly responsible products.

Our stakeholders judge our products’ quality and sustainability by their ingredients and recipes – but also by the packaging and materials they use.

Valrhona is working to ensure its products have an environmental design that completely lives up to customer expectations while also reducing our impact on the planet and its natural resources.



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