Corporate Responsibility

Corporate Responsibility

Rooted in Shared Success

Rooted in Shared Success

Rooted in Shared Success (RISS) is World’s Finest® Chocolate’s approach to Responsible Business Practices. Rooted In Shared Success is a unique Corporate Responsibility Program that is enriched not only with our sustainability efforts and fair business practices, but it also includes our continued commitment to the highest standards of social responsibility as well. RISS exemplifies the importance of branching out to partner with others and represents World’s Finest® Chocolate’s connection and common bond between workplace and community.

WFC believes in the tradition of giving, sharing, and making a difference. We are pleased to create the highest quality products from the finest ingredients, exercising the skill and talent of the best employees. We know the importance of our presence as a Chicago based company and intend to stay in the heart of the city – it is with pride that we are a part of Chicago’s inner city community. Good business practices are at the forefront of our vision, however our reach extends far beyond that. We are proud to provide quality jobs since our founding nearly 75 years ago. We are passionate about our products and are thrilled to truly make a difference for children, families and communities worldwide. Our fundraising programs are delivering Real Results. Our programs have helped groups of all sizes raise over $3 billion in much needed funds to support their visions and goals. We are happy to have a strong heritage of helping youth reach their fundraising aspirations year after year.


Making A Difference

Farmer Field Schools (FFS)

FFS is a group-based learning process that has been used by a number of governments, NGOs and international agencies to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM). FFS brings together concepts, methods and initiatives to educate farmers on sustainability, agricultural education and community development. Over 2 million farmers have benefited from the information and resources and used the resources/information to reduce the use of pesticides and improve the sustainability of crop yields.

Farm in St. Lucia

WFC owns a cocoa farm in St. Lucia that is used to grow some of our own beans. We are exceptionally proud to use this as a model to promote good practices and share our awareness and successes for wider use.

World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

WCF promotes a sustainable cocoa economy through economic and social development, and environmental stewardship in cocoa-growing communities. WCF builds partnerships with cocoa farmers, governments and environmental organizations.

Sustainable Tree Crops Program/STCP (Initiative to educate farmers on sustainability)

STCP is a public-private partnership and innovation platform that seeks to generate growth in rural income areas among tree crop farmers, in an environmentally and socially-responsible manner in West/Central Africa. STCP provides a framework for collaboration between farmers, the global cocoa industry, local private sectors, national governments, NGOs, research institutes and development investors.

International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)

ICI is an organization that strongly believes in tackling the issue of child and forced labor as well as trafficking. They campaign and take action not only at the community level, but also at the national, regional and international level, to ensure effective results and impact.

Echoes (Organization helping more than 340,000 children to date)

Echoes is an organization which trains teachers, establishes schools for children and aims to expand opportunities for youth living in cocoa growing communities.


Green Initiatives

  • Recycling Program (An internal recycling program designed to reduce waste)
  • Pallet quilts – (An environmentally friendly program designed to reduce waste & promote recyclables)

Family and Community

  • Made in the USA
  • Third generation, family owned company
  • Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplaces Award – 4 consecutive years: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Major Support of Junior Achievement (JA)
  • One of JA’s top 10 corporate fundraising partners in Chicago
  • Annual Employee Bowl-A-Thon to sponsor the Junior Achievement Chicago program
  • JA Teach For A Day at Neighborhood Columbia Explorers Academy
  • Annual Sponsor of Urban Prep’s High School’s Discovering Our City (2011-2014) Program
  • Patricia A. Opler Excellence in Education Scholarship offers relatives of WFC employees an opportunity to win one of five $1000 scholarships annually
  • Chase Corporate Challenge
  • Annual Take Your Child to Work Day hosts family members for a plant tour and chocolate tasting plus lunch with family
  • Annual Employee Food Drive to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository