Panelist-Managing Supply Chains for Sustainability and Social Justice
Joe Whinney is the founder of Theo Chocolate, the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country. Whinney first pioneered the supply of organic cocoa beans into the United States in 1994 after traveling and working in the tropics of Central America and Africa, where he recognized an injustice in the way that both people and land were being exploited. Over the next decade, he worked to champion organic cocoa beans in the U.S. and promote Fair Trade practices for the people farming those beans. All of Theo Chocolate's ingredients are carefully screened and 3rd party verified to ensure they meet the highest standards for social and environmental responsibility.