Twice yearly, around May/June and October, WCF hosts a Partnership Meeting & Roundtable Sessions for the international cocoa community, uniting the private and public sectors in a shared mutual interest in advancing cocoa sustainability. This event brings together WCF members and partners to share ideas on a wide range of cocoa-related issues and to show its support for the development of cocoa-growing communities.

Partnership Meetings are held in various locations around the world, and have included cocoa-growing countries such as Ghana and Ecuador. Guests from the cocoa and chocolate industry, governments, NGOs, academia, and research institutes from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia convene to discuss some of the most pressing issues in the cocoa sector. Topics for Partnership Meetings have included innovations in farmer training and services, farmer organizations, education, regional research collaboration, child labor issues, access to finance, and the importance of public-private partnerships.

Past attendees include:


ADM Cocoa

Africa Agribusiness Magazine

Agro Traders Limited

Alliance of Cocoa Producing Countries (COPAL)

Armajaro Trading Inc

Aspen Institute

Association of Public and Land Grant Universities


Barry Callebaut

Berne Declaration

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Biodiversity and Agricultural Commodities Program

Bioversity International

Blommer Chocolate

Bloomberg News

Bourbon Foods USA

Brandt Consolidated Inc.

Bread for the World


Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc.

Cafe Conseil-Cacao

Camden International Commodities Terminal LLC

Candy Industry Magazine


CARANA Corporation




Catholic Relief Services – CRS



Chemonics International Inc.

Chocolats Halba


Chorrera N.V.

Cobalt International Services Ltd

Cocoa Association of Nigeria

Cocoa Merchants Ghana Ltd

Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana

Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria

Cocoa Swollen Shoot & Virus Disease Control Unit



Compañía Nacional de Chocolates

Confiseur Laederach AG

Conseil du Café-Cacao

Conservation International

Continaf BV

Danish Standards Foundation

Dependable Distribution Services

Digital Green

EcoAgriculture Partners, IFC-BACP

Ecom Agroindustrial Corporation Ltd.

Ecom Trading

Embassy of Côte d’Ivoire

Embassy of the Dominican Republic

Embassy of the Philippines

European Cocoa Association

Fair Labor Association

Fair Trade USA

Fazer Confectionery Ltd.

Federated Commodities Ltd

Ferrero Trading Lux S.A

Fine Chocolate Industry Association


Former Ambassador of the U.S. to the Central African Republic

Former President of the Republic of Ghana


Fuji Oil Co.,Ltd

General Cocoa Company

General Mills, Inc.


Ghana Cocoa Board

Ghana Education Service

Ghana Embassy

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

Global Business Strategies / ACET

Global Shea Alliance

Governor of West Sulawesi

Grameen Foundation

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

GrowCocoa (Blommer Chocolate Co. & Olam International)

Guittard Chocolate Co.

Haigh’s Chocolates

Hanns R. Neumann Foundation

Heifer International

Helvetas Swiss Inter-cooperation


Indiana University

Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute

Informatix, Inc.


Institute for Man and Nature

International Cocoa Initiative

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)


ISF de Colombia

Kellogg Company


Kraft Foods

Liberia Cocoa Corporation

Lindt & Sprüngli (International) AG

Lutheran World Relief

Manufacturing Confectioner

Mars, Incorporated

Max Havelaar Foundation


Mexican Cocoa Foundation

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Minister of Education of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Minneapolis Star Tribune


Mondelez International

National 4-H Council

National Confectioners Association

New Foresight

Noble Resources

North Carolina State University Dept. of Mol. & Struct. Biochem.

Norwegian Association of Chocolate Manufacturers

Novel Commodities SA

Office of Congresswoman Karen Bass

Office of First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire

Office of Senator Tom Harkin

Office of the Governor of West Sulawesi


Ondo State Cocoa Development Committee

Oni and Sons Farms



Pennsylvania State University

Petra Foods Ltd

Philippine Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Research

Port of Amsterdam

Pronatec ag

Rabobank Foundation

Rainforest Alliance

Randlyn Holdings Inc.

Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Rizek Cacao

Royal Duyvis Wiener B.V.

Royal Tropical Institute

Royce’ Confectionary Co., Ltd

Save the Children

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker


Seedtime and Harvest Agrochemicals

Sitos Commodities (Amsterdam) B.V.



Solidaridad W/Africa

Source Trust

Stanford University


Sucres et Denrées

Sustainability Consultant

Sustainable Food Lab

Sustainable Harvest




The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Hershey Company

The Wall Street Journal

The WiderNet Project

The World Bank

Theobroma USA

Thomson Reuters

Together for Girls

Toms Confectionery Group

Toshoku America, Inc. (Cargill Company)

Transmar Commodity Group

Tropical Farms Ltd / The Agriterra Group



U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce

University of the Philippines Los Banos

United Biscuits

United Nations Development Programme

University of the West Indies / Cocoa Research Unit

US Global Business Group

UTZ Certified

West Sulawesi Cocoa Community

Winrock International

World Education, Inc.


York Trade Corporation