Join us on October 26-27 at The Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, under the theme:

Striving for Impact:

Living Income, Traceability & Partnerships

A new era of sustainable cocoa, based on mandated traceability, is emerging. But who will benefit? Is traceability worth the effort if the farmer’s situation does not improve? How do we rise to the challenge of farmer poverty as a root cause of deforestation and child labour? We need a systemic approach to drive lasting impact. To discuss these questions and more, join companies, governments, donors, civil society, farmers and experts at the 2022 Partnership Meeting, the leading event on cocoa sustainability.

Meet Some of our 2022 Speakers

Partnership Meeting speakers

  • Joseph Boahen Aidoo, CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board
  • Peter Boone, CEO of Barry Callebaut
  • Mariam Dao Gabala, Chairperson of Solidaridad’s Supervisory Board
  • Heidi Hautala, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Samuel Abu Jinapor, Ghana’s Minister of Lands and Natural Resources
  • Yves Brahima Koné, Executive Director of the Conseil du Café Cacao
  • Didier Reynders, European Union Commissioner for Justice
  • Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé
  • Laurent Tchagba, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Water and Forests
  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • And more

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  • 19.00 Opening Night: Visit to Choco-Story Brussels
  • 08.30 Opening Plenary
  • 10.45 Cocoa Break
  • 11.15 Breakout Sessions
    • Understanding Cocoa Prices to Impact Living Income
    • Women Empowerment to Fight Poverty
    • Traceability to Fight Deforestation: Cross-Commodity Lessons Learned
  • 12.45 Lunch Break
  • 14.00 Plenary Session
  • 16.00 Cocoa Break
  • 16.30 Breakout Sessions
    • The Power of Data
    • How can public policy help fight child labour through a systems approach?
    • Forest-Positive Cocoa in the Amazon
  • 18.30 Reception - Sponsored by Ecom
  • 08.30 Innovation Marketplace: Solutions for Impact
  • 10.30 Plenary Session
  • 12.00 Lunch Break
  • 13.30 Plenary Sessions
    • A US Perspective on Fighting Deforestation and Child Labour in Cocoa
  • 14.15 Closing Plenary
  • 14.30 Cocoa Break
  • 15.00 Breakout Sessions
    • Case Study: Impact in Community Development
    • Child Labour, Forced Labour: Different Issues, Different Solutions
    • Public Private Collaboration to Safeguard Protected Forests


  • 16.30 End

2021 Partnership Meeting

The 2021 WCF Partnership Meeting explored the theme “Overcoming Challenges Together” online. Learn More. Download the 2021 Partnership Meeting Summary Report.

2020 Partnership Meeting

The 2020 WCF Partnership Meeting focused on the theme “Scaling Impact in Disruptive Times” online. Learn more. Download the 2020 Partnership Meeting Summary Report.

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

  • 2021 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2020 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2019 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
  • 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
  • 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary