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Cocoa & Forests Initiative

The world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to a statement of collective intent committing them to work together, in partnership with others, to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, with an initial focus on Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.

Agricultural deforestation is a persistent problem. Across Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America, there is a challenge to increase agricultural productivity on existing areas of farmland without encroaching further into the world’s vital remaining forests.

WCF, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative and The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU) organized an industry commitment to end deforestation and forest degradation recognizing that deforestation is likely to increase in the future unless concerted action is taken.

The initiative will develop in consultation with the relevant cocoa producing country governments, farmers and farmer organizations, civil society organizations, development partners, and other stakeholders, an actionable suite of measures to end deforestation and forest degradation, while improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers working in the cocoa supply chain, to be announced at the United Nations Framework 3 Convention on Climate Change 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP 23) conference in November 2017.

This is the first collective industry commitment to specifically end deforestation and forest degradation covering the global cocoa supply chain. The companies that initially committed to the initiative included: Barry Callebaut; Blommer Chocolate Company; Cargill; CEMOI; ECOM; Ferrero; The Hershey Company; Mars, Incorporated; Mondelez International; Nestlé; Olam and Touton. Other companies have since joined. See Statement of Intent (below) for full list.  

For latest information on the implementation of the Initiative, visit the IDH website.

Statement of Intent

Cocoa + Forests Initiative Statement of Intent and List of Signatories [English]

Le Cacao et les Forêts Déclaration d'intention [français]

Press Release

Cocoa Industry Announces Cooperative Initiative to End Deforestation [English]

L'industrie du cacao annonce une initiative coopérative pour mettre fin à la déforestation [français]


Full Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the meeting on Cocoa + Forests

Fact Sheets

Best Practice Examples to Address Deforestation in the Cocoa Sector

IDH Cocoa + Forests Fact Sheet

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