As part of a campaign for International Women's Day, the chocolatier's new facility on the Ivory Coast aims to give its primarily female employees greater resources and support

Brands are feeling more pressure than ever to publicize their values and increase transparency around pursuing them. Accordingly, more companies are making an effort to look out for the health and safety of not only direct employees, but also those who supply their raw materials. In honor of International Women's Day, Dove Chocolate opened a new market that will support the Ivory Coast farmers who supply the confectioner's cocoa.

The Ivory Coast is a hotbed for cocoa production, and nearly half of Dove's cocoa beans come from the region where the majority of the workers collecting the beans are women. Leslie Philipsen, the brand director of Dove Chocolate, says the company's goal for the marketplace is “giving women a safe place to save their money and grow their income, generating activities like soap-making or dress-making and even diversifying other crops and commodities outside of cocoa.”

For the Ivory Coast women who harvest Dove's cocoa beans, this new market will be life-changing. Workers in severely impoverished areas face a far different reality than those in regions that are more stable and could routinely lose money is their goods aren't stored appropriately. Construction on the new building began in early March, and will serve to help these women become more financially independent by providing better conditions in which to sell their goods.

Dove Chocolate

Brands are feeling more pressure than ever to publicize their values and increase transparency around pursuing them. Accordingly, more companies are making an effort to look out for the health and safety of not only direct employees, but also those who supply their raw materials. In honor of International Women's Day, Dove Chocolate opened a new market that will support the Ivory Coast farmers who supply the confectioner's cocoa.

The Ivory Coast is a hotbed for cocoa production, and nearly half of Dove's cocoa beans come from the region where the majority of the workers collecting the beans are women. Leslie Philipsen, the brand director of Dove Chocolate, says the company's goal for the marketplace is “giving women a safe place to save their money and grow their income, generating activities like soap-making or dress-making and even diversifying other crops and commodities outside of cocoa.”