Rizek provides its Fuparoca-affiliated farmers with advice and education on a variety of issues including grafting, replanting/conservation, child labor, rubbish disposal, non-use of chemicals and water purification initiatives. At the same time, the Fuparoca Foundation has initiated many community support activities, donated items and provided important development assistance such as building bridges and installing piped water.
Rizek Cacao is ideologically and pragmatically committed to the protection of the forests of the Dominican Republic and environmental balance as a whole. Our company is a long time adherent to the Global Compact of the United Nations and a pioneer in obtaining the Rainforest Alliance certification for cacao plantations, to the extent of almost 20,000 Ha. Most recently, we have become a contributing partner of the Climate Smart Cocoa project of the World Cocoa Foundation, where the focus on Forest protection is paramount.
In addition, we verify that each of our independent suppliers as well as the farming members of the Fuparoca Foundation Inc., are located outside protected areas or national reserves.