The SEM Foundation was founded in 2016 by the Huurman family, owner of BeNe Holding B.V.
BeNe Holding B.V. consists of several subsidiaries named Ickx, Dragee, Rosenberg and Pralibel, all operating in the chocolate industry.
In 2005, Bas Huurman took over Ickx, a chocolate factory based in Essen (Belgium). Since then the company has become a family business in which both of the two sons and daughter are active nowadays. With this foundation, the Huurman family wants to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. The foundation is named after Sem. The first grandchild of Bas and Johanna Huurman and son of Sjaak Huurman and Wendy Verdult who deceased at the age of 19 months in 2011.
The SEM Foundation takes responsibility to give back to the people of cocoa producing countries (Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Colombia, Tanzania, Peru, Cameroon and Malaysia), by providing donations to organizations. These initiatives can be related to children, education, public services, health, housing and productivity. Also other charities can be supported.
Providing donations to charities will be conducted in a broad sense, meaning that the SEM Foundation provides resources to the designated organizations, such as financial resources, but also tries to contribute in other ways. The ambition of the board is not to make a profit, but to generate funds for charities to which the foundation would like to contribute.