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Merci
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Sustainability summary

Merci has achieved the E-label. We therefore suggest to not buy this brand. Merci got the lowest possible score because there's no concrete policy in place on climate, environment or labor conditions in countries with low wages. Merci does not provide information on the source of the cocoa. That way, it's not clear if this cocoa comes from plantations that are certified for things like the prohibition of child labor, minimum price agreements or for a better living standar for cocoa farmers. Because Merci also doesn't provide information on the environment and labor conditions, it's unclear if the brand is commited to sustainability.

Brand owner: August Storck KG
Head office: Berlin, Germany
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
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Merci sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 January 2016 by Heinz
Last reviewed: 13 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

0 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't communicate any information on a climate protection policy. Storck doesn't track greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations, since they are "not convinced that there is a solid and valid basis to do so" (see link, page 4). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Storck, the brand owner of Merci, doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of its energy that is obtained from renewable sources. Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 1. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

0 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't communicate whether the cocoa or any other ingredient comes from an environmentally certified source. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Storck is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and sources RSPO certified palm oil. However, its palm oil “Mass Balance” or “Book&Claim” certified only (see link, page 2). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't communicate any information on a packaging policy on its website. Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't communicate any information about its waste reduction policies. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

0 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't communicate whether the cocoa comes from a socially certified source and it doesn't mention any measures to improve farmer incomes. Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 1. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Storck (brand owner of Merci) participates in a project to improve labour conditions at hazelnut plantations in Turkey. However, Storck doesn't communicate any information on whether its fillings and/or additional ingredients are from socially certified sources. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Storck (brand owner of Merci) doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source