We held a successful event on October 26-27 at The Hotel in Brussels, Belgium, under the theme:

 Partnerships for Impact

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 labor? We need a systemic approach to drive lasting impact. To discuss these questions and more, join companies, governments, donors, civil society, farmers and experts convened at the 2022 Partnership Meeting, the leading event on cocoa sustainability.

We would like to share with you some highlights of our Partnership Meeting. Thank you all for your contributions and participation!

Thoughts on the Partnership Meeting

Thoughts on Sustainability

Meet some of our 2022 Speakers

  • Peter Boone, CEO of Barry Callebaut
  • Mariam Dao Gabala, Chairperson of Solidaridad’s Supervisory Board
  • Heidi Hautala, Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Dirk van de Put, CEO of Mondelēz
  • Didier Reynders, European Union Commissioner for Justice
  • Mark Schneider, CEO of Nestlé
  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Union Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • And more

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Thank you to our sponsors:

Platinum

Gold

Reception

Silver

Bronze

Contributor

  • 09.00 Opening Plenary

    With Chris Vincent – interim president, World Cocoa Foundation; Platinum sponsor Gerry Manley – CEO of OFI Cocoa; Michel Arrion – Executive Director of ICCO; Mariam Dao Gabala – Chair International Advisory Board of Solidaridad; Peter Boone – CEO of Barry Callebaut; Dirk van de Put – CEO of Mondelez; Mark Schneider – CEO of Nestlé.

    • Plenary Session: Understanding Cocoa Prices to Impact Living Income

    With Michel Arrion – ICCO; Alex Assanvo – CIGHCI; Antonie Fountain – VOICE; Pam Thornton – Nightingale Investments and Christopher Alliot – Le Basic; Yuca Waarts– WUR

  • 10.40 Cocoa Break - Sponsored by Ofi
  • 10.55 Breakout Sessions
    • Women empowerment to fight poverty

    With Inge Jacobs – Mars; Anna Laven – Rokit Science; Pam Schreier – ECOM;   and more

    • How can public policy help fight child labor through a systems approach?

    With Matthias Lange – International Cocoa Initiative; Time McCoy – Hershey Trading GmbH; Virginie Mahin – Mondelez; Louisa Truss – Elucid and more

  • 12.45 Lunch Break - Sponsored by Ofi
  • 14.00 Plenary Session
    • Plenary Session on Corporate social responsibility legislation at the EU level

    With Heidi Hautala – Vice president of European Parliament; Didier Reynders – European Commissioner for Justice; Jutta Urpilainen – European Commissioner for International Partnerships

      • Plenary Session: Traceability for Deforestation-Free and Resilient Cocoa: Cross Commodity Lessons Learned

      With Andrew Nobrega – PUR Projet; Meike Engelhard – Rainforest Alliance; Angela Chavez – Hershey’s; Olivier Zwolsman – Ferrero; and more

  • 15.45 Cocoa Break - Sponsored by Silver sponsors
  • 16.15 Breakout Sessions
    • Emissions, Reductions & Renewals

    With Michael Matarasso – World Cocoa Foundation; Ethan Budiansky – World Cocoa Foundation; James Smith – World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Tilmann Silber – Barry Callebaut; Florent Dji – Southpole; Niels Wielaard – Satelligence and Alexi Ernstoff – Quantis

    • Forest-Positive Cocoa in the Amazon

    With Wendy Arenas – Alisos; Mariana Pereira – Solidaridad; Juan Fernando Valenzuela – Compañia Nacional  de Chocolates and more

    • Productivity in the Cocoa Sector

    With Yuca Waarts– WUR, Wahyu Wibowo – Cocoa Sustainability Partnership of Indonesia and more

  • 18.00 Reception - Sponsored by ECOM
  • 08.30 Innovation Marketplace: Solutions for Impact
    • With Cocoa Break – Sponsored by Hershey Trading GmbH
  • 10.30 Opening Plenary

    With Tricia Brannigan – Gold sponsor Hershey Trading GmbH; and more

    • Plenary Session on The Cocoa & Forests Initiative: Accelerating and Scaling Impact

    With Daan Wensing – IDH; Chris Vincent – World Cocoa Foundation; Wendy Arenas – Alisos; Andrew Brooks – ofi, and Ethan Budiansky – World Cocoa Foundation

  • 12.00 Lunch Break - Sponsored by Hershey's
  • 13.00 Breakout Sessions
    • Community Driven Development: Sustaining Impact

    With Youssouf N’djoré – World Cocoa Foundation; Mamadou Traoré – Care; Selina Sumbung – Save the Children Indonesia; Carolina Sarria – Cocoa Producer from Caqueta, Colombia; Adriana Joven – Cocoa Producer from Huila, Colombia; Joost Gorter – ACT

    • Child Labor, Forced Labor: Different Issues, Different Solutions

    With Elizabeth Garland – Verité; Alice Faudot-Miguet – International Cocoa Initiative; Lieke Guinée – Beyond Beans; Katie Bird – ICI; and more

    • Collaborative Landscape Approaches to Safeguard Forests

    With Ruth Nussbaum – Proforest; John Buchanan – Conversation International; Doreen Asumang-Yeboah – Rights and Advocacy Initiatives Network; Ryan McNeill – Nestlé; Caroline Winchester – World Resources Institute

  • 14.30 Cocoa Break - Sponsored by Bronze sponsors
  • 15.00 Plenary Session
    • US Perspective on Fighting human rights and deforestation abuses in cocoa

    With Paul Macek – Corus International; Brian McKeon – National Confectioners Association; Jennifer McCadney – Kelley Drye; Anne Zollner – US Department of Labor

  • 15.45 Closing Plenary

    With Paul Davis, European Cocoa Association; Aldo Cristiano – Caobisco; Brian McKeon – National Confectioners Association; Mariam Dao Gabala –Solidaridad; Alvin Lee – Cocoa Association of Asia; Chris Vincent – World Cocoa Foundation

  • 16.45 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
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  • 2020 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2019 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2018 Partnership Meeting Summary (English)
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  • 2018 Sumário Executivo do Partnership Meeting (Português)
    pdf    
  • 2017 Partnership Meeting Summary
    pdf    
  • 2016 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2015 Partnership Meeting Summary
    pdf    
  • 2014 Partnership Meeting Summary
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  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 1 Summary
    pdf    
  • 2012 Partnership Meeting Washington, D.C. Day 2 Summary
    pdf    

 Wednesday 26 October*

Morning Sessions:

With Gerry Manley – CEO of OFI Cocoa

With Michel Arrion – ICCO; Christopher Alliot – Le Basic; Alex Assanvo – CIGHCI; Antonie Fountain – VOICE; Pam Thornton – Nightingale Investments; Yuca Waarts– WUR

With Inge Jacobs – Mars; Anna Laven – Rokit Science; Suzane Silué – Socodevi; Pam Schreier – ECOM; Daan Wensing – IDH

Afternoon Sessions: 

With Andrew Nobrega – PUR Projet; Angela Chavez – Hershey Company; Meike Engelhard – Rainforest Alliance; Rui Fontoura – Textile Exchange; Olivier Zwolsman – Ferrero

With Michael Matarasso – World Cocoa Foundation; Ethan Budiansky – World Cocoa Foundation; Florent Dji – Southpole; Alexi Ernstoff – Quantis; Tilmann Silber – Barry Callebaut; James Smith – World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Niels Wielaard – Satelligence

With Yuca Waarts – WUR, Wahyu Wibowo – Cocoa Sustainability Partnership of Indonesia; Nene Akwetey-Kodjoe – World Cocoa Foundation/LWR; John Kehoe – Guittard Chocolate; Worali Senyo – Farmerline; Alina Bogdan – Climate42

 

 Thursday 27 October

Morning Sessions:

With Tricia Brannigan – Chief Procurement Officer / Vice President Global Procurement of The Hershey Company

With Ethan Budiansky – World Cocoa Foundation; Wendy Arenas – Alisos; Andrew Brooks – Ofi; Chris Vincent – World Cocoa Foundation; Daan Wensing – IDH

Afternoon Sessions: 

With Youssouf N’djoré – World Cocoa Foundation; Adriana Joven – Cocoa Producer from Huila; Carolina Sarria – Cocoa Producer from Caqueta, Colombia; Selina Sumbung – Save the Children Indonesia; Traoré Mamadou – Care International

With Ruth Nussbaum – Proforest; John Buchanan – Conversation International; Doreen Asumang-Yeboah – Rights and Advocacy Initiatives Network; Ryan McNeill – Nestlé; Caroline Winchester – World Resources Institute

 

* Please note: Not all sessions included presentations.

  • Opening Plenary

     

    Plenary Session: Understanding Cocoa Prices to Impact Living Income

     

    Plenary Session on Corporate Social Responsibility Legislation at the EU Level and Plenary Session: Traceability for Deforestation-Free and Resilient Cocoa: Cross Commodity Lessons Learned

     

    Breakout Session: Forest-Positive Cocoa in the Amazon

  • Opening Plenary and Plenary Session on The Cocoa & Forests Initiative: Accelerating and Scaling Impact

     

    Breakout Session: Community Driven Development: Sustaining Impact

     

    Closing Plenary and Plenary Panel: US Perspective on Fighting human rights and deforestation abuses in cocoa

The 2022 WCF Partnership Meeting explored “Partnerships for Impact” in Brussels, Belgium. Download the 2022 Partnership Meeting Summary Report.