Event Details

November 18 - 19, 2020

Location:

Online event

The World Cocoa Foundation’s 2020 Partnership Meeting was held online on Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19.

The Partnership Meeting was the only global conference dedicated to cocoa sustainability in 2020 and focused on the theme:

Scaling Impact in Disruptive Times

The theme was addressed through four streams:

  • Enabling environment: covered the European Union due diligence process, how business can contribute to build back better for sustainability, and winning models for sustainability partnerships.
  • Prosperous farmers: with a deep dive into raising farmer’s income, we notably covered opportunities such as Farmer Development Plans and Financial Inclusion.
  • Empowered communities: with a strong focus on strategies to fight child labor, we looked at impact investment and best outcomes in community empowerment investments.
  • Healthy planet: we started with a keynote on climate action and covered landscape approaches; the link between agroforestry, living income, and climate; and payments for environmental services.

Attendees and speakers included high-level government officials, donors and multilateral organizations, top executives from cocoa and chocolate companies (such as WCF members and the Board of Directors), civil society organizations, subject matter experts, and cocoa producers as we went online to achieve transformative change in the cocoa supply chain through policy dialogue, joint learning, and knowledge sharing.

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A look back at the 2019 Partnership Meeting

  • 3pm UTC Partnership Meeting Preview: Key Findings of the 2020 Cocoa Barometer

    Antonie Fountain – The VOICE Network

    Friedel Huetz-Adams – SUEDWIND-Institute

  • Draft Agenda - Subject to Change

    Session plénière disponible en français / Plenaria estará disponible en español

  • 1.30pm UTC Message from Gold Sponsor Mondelēz
  • Scaling Impact in Disruptive Times

    Richard Scobey – President, World Cocoa Foundation

  • Ending Poverty in Disruptive Times
    Prosperous Farmers

    Franziska Ohnsorge –  Manager, Prospects Group, The World Bank

    Buddy Buruku – Partnership Meeting Host

  • Nature-based Solutions for Climate Action
    Healthy Planet

    Zac Goldsmith – Minister for Pacific and the Environment, Government of the United Kingdom

    Alexander Ferguson – Vice President for Communications and Membership, World Cocoa Foundation

  • Fighting Child Labor in Cocoa: What’s Next?
    Empowered Communities

    Nick Weatherill – Executive Director, International Cocoa Initiative

  • 3.50pm UTC Wellness Break
  • 4pm UTC Breakout Sessions

    Enabling Environment

    • Looking Back and Looking Forward: Building on CocoaAction Lessons Learned

    Prosperous Farmers

    • Raising Farmer’s Income: What Interventions have the Best Impact? Session en direct disponible en français

    Empowered Communities

    • Lasting Impact in Community-driven Development

    Healthy Planet

    • Changing Behavior for Climate Smart Cocoa?
    • Landscape Approaches: From Concept to Scale
    • Prosperous Farmers and Healthy Planet through Agroforestry
  • Draft Agenda - Subject to Change

    Session plénière disponible en français / Plenaria estará disponible en español

  • 1:15pm UTC Building Back Better for Sustainability

    Carlos Manuel Rodriguez – CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility

    Sunny Verghese – Chairman, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

     

  • 2pm UTC Keynote: European Union Dialogue on Sustainable Cocoa
    Enabling Environment

    Jutta Urpilainen – Commissioner for International Partnerships, European Commission

  • European Union Dialogue on Sustainable Cocoa
    Enabling Environment

    Justin Adams – Executive Director, Tropical Forest Alliance

    Aldo Cristiano – President, Caobisco

    HE Abou Dosso – Ambassador, Head of the Mission to the European Union, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

    Heidi Hautala – Vice President, European Parliament

    Harold Poelma – Chairman, European Cocoa Association

  • 3.10pm UTC Wellness Break
  • 3.20pm UTC What’s Next for the Dialogue on Living Income?
    Prosperous Farmers

    Vincent Akomeah – Senior Research Manager, Ghana Cocoa Board

    Stephanie Daniels – Senior Program Director, Agriculture & Development, Sustainable Food Lab

    Cathy Pieters – Director of Cocoa Life, Mondelēz

    Jordy Van Honk – Global Director, Agriculture Commodities,  IDH -The Sustainable Trade Initiative

  • 4:20 pm UTC Leadership Voices

    Musdalifah Machmud –  Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia

  • 5pm UTC Breakout Sessions

    Prosperous Farmers

    • Financial Inclusion and Living Income
    • Farmer Development Plans: Adoption and Living Income
    • Let’s Talk About Farm Sizes – Session en direct disponible en français / Sesión en vivo disponible en español.

    Empowered Communities

    • Scaling Impact Investment to Empower Communities
    • Protecting All Children At Risk: How To Scale Up Coverage and Impact? – Session en direct disponible en français

    Healthy Planet

    • Payment for Environmental Services: How Can It Work in Cocoa?
    • Traceability: Fragmented Approaches, National Systems and Technology
    • Protecting the Amazon With Cocoa –Sesión en vivo disponible en español

2019 Partnership Meeting

The 2019 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “Drivers of Change” in Berlin, Germany. Learn more. Download the 2019 Partnership Meeting Summary Report.

2018 Partnership Meeting

The 2018 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “The New Frontiers of Cocoa Sustainability” in São Paulo, Brazil. Learn more.

2017 Partnership Meeting

The 2017 WCF Partnership Meeting discussed the theme “Accelerating Sustainability through Technology and Innovation” to move forward the sustainability agenda for the cocoa sector in Washington, D.C.

2016 Partnership Meeting

The 2016 WCF Partnership Meeting was focused around “People, Planet, Profit in a Changing World” and was held in partnership with le Conseil du Café-Cacao in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

2015 Partnership Meeting

The 2015 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Washington, D.C. around the theme “Proud of our Past, Focused on our Future”.

2014 Partnership Meeting

The  2014 WCF Partnership Meeting took place in Copenhagen, Denmark with the theme of,“Connecting Sustainability, Standards and Certification”.

2013 Partnership Meetings

The 2013 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Meeting Tomorrow’s Demand: Productivity, Quality, and Farmers’ Livelihood” and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2012 Partnership Meetings

The 2012 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. and Zurich, Switzerland with the theme of, “Innovations in Cocoa Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit”.

2011 Partnership Meetings

The 2011 Partnership Meetings took place in San Francisco, USA with the theme, “Celebrating the Diversity of Cocoa Origins”, and Accra, Ghana with the theme of, “People, Planet, Profit: Envisioning the Future of Cocoa in Africa”.

2010 Partnership Meetings

The 2010 Partnership Meetings took place in Utrecht, Netherlands and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Marking a Decade of Cocoa Sustainability”.

2009 Partnership Meetings

The 2009 Partnership Meetings took place in Washington, D.C. with the theme, “The Smallholder Cocoa Farmer in a Globalized World”, and Brussels, Belgium with the theme of, “Building the Capacity for a Sustainable Cocoa Sector”.

2008 Partnership Meetings

The 2008 Partnership Meetings took place in Guayaquil, Ecuador with the theme, “Lessons from Latin America – Invigorating the Cocoa Sector”, and Hamburg, Germany with the theme of, “Strategies and Practical Measures for Transforming the Cocoa Sector”.

2007 Partnership Meetings

The 2007 WCF Partnership Meetings took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands and Washington, D.C., with the theme of, “Sustainable Cocoa Farming: Building Tomorrow’s Best Practices Today”.

2006 Partnership Meetings

The 2006 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium with the theme, “Achieving and Measuring Sustainable Success at the Farm Level”, and Washington, D.C.

2005 Partnership Meetings

The 2005 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C. with the theme, “Challenges & Opportunities for Cocoa in Economic Development and Prosperity”.

2004 Partnership Meetings

The 2004 Partnership Meetings took place in Brussels, Belgium and Washington, D.C.

 

Download Materials

  • 2019 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
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  • 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
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  • 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
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  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary
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