Cocoa & Forests Initiative
Twelve of the world's leading cocoa and chocolate companies 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 (IDH) 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 12 WCF member companies involved in the initiative thus far include Barry Callebaut; Blommer Chocolate Company; Cargill; CEMOI; ECOM; Ferrero; The Hershey Company; Mars, Incorporated; Mondelez International; Nestlé; Olam and Touton.