July 8, 2015




London, England – Jonathan Marks, CEO of Candy Group , and Scott Throckmorton, CEO of Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants (H.O.P.E.), jointly announced that Candy Group and H.O.P.E. signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support each other in the conduct of anti-poaching, anti-wildlife trafficking and associated humanitarian efforts in Africa.

Both organizations share the goal of increasing peace and prosperity in Africa through empowering communities to sustainably use their natural resources. With the authorization ofAfrican governments, H.O.P.E. provides a turnkey solution to poaching activity through professional training, advisory, assistance and procurement services to anti-poaching units. With a track record of success in 16 African nations, The Candy Group is an industry leader in transport and logistics services with proven skill in areas of disaster and war / civil unrest.

Jonathan Marks said “Candy Group and H.O.P.E.’s partnership ensures a streamlined approach to African operational implementation. The two Companies complement each other’s respective strengths and are a great fusion between commercial and NGO entities. H.O.P.E. is well known for their levels of competence in the Counter Illicit Trafficking (CIT) field and Candy Group can offer strong support in the region. The partnership offers great new combined capability and enters a new exciting phase for strategic co-operation”

Candy Group and H.O.P.E. understand the importance of community-based conservation as part of larger stabilization, peace building and security strategies as well as to economic development and regional wealth creation. Community-based programs that sustainably utilize natural resources promote transparency, democracy and give people incentives to conserve wildlife.

“Community engagement, empowerment and investment are key components of successful anti-poaching strategies,” said Scott Throckmorton, CEO of H.O.P.E. “Conservation based on these foundations makes it more difficult for poaching and trafficking networks to gain a foothold in rural areas where elephants are found and for violent extremist groups to benefit from the sale of illicit ivory. Candy Group is an industry leader in working in remote areas of Africa and is a natural fit for our work to end Africa’s poaching crisis.”

Through a mixture of empowerment, enforcement and economic development, H.O.P.E. and Candy Group will help African nation’s reach their goals in countering the poaching crisis that is undermining the continent’s peace and prosperity. Our organizations welcome the involvement of like-minded entities to propel our work and look forward to producing effective resolutions to poaching and wildlife trafficking activity.