Human Rights

The World Cocoa Foundation and our members are committed to fighting child labor in the cocoa supply chain, a shared responsibility of industry, governments, civil society, and communities.

Both a Symptom and Contributing Factor to Poverty

Effectively rooting out child labor in the cocoa sector is an enormous and complicated challenge, but any approach that aims to eliminate child labor must include a focus on alleviating poverty. There are approximately two million cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana representing 10 million children. Some parents have little choice but to put their children to work, and keep them out of school, to reduce labor costs on family farms. This often, in turn, deprives children of the chance to develop and advance themselves, and so entrenches the household’s impoverishment for subsequent generations.

WCF’s work helps achieve Sustainable Development Goal 8.7, by taking effective measures to eradicate child labor, including through child labor monitoring and remediation systems.

International Cocoa Initiative

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is an organization that promotes child protection in cocoa-growing communities by implementing effective strategies to tackle child labor and ensure a better future for children and their families. ICI serves as a technical partner to WCF and the chocolate and cocoa industry. CocoaAction, an industry-led effort to share information, best practices, and the same core interventions across the cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, also includes specific activities aimed at fighting child labor.

  • Featured Experts Tim McCoy

    Vice President for Country Relations
    World Cocoa Foundation
  • Featured Experts Youssouf N’djoré

    Director of Social Development
    World Cocoa Foundation

Fighting Child Labor on Cocoa Farms

Cocoa farmer and community facilitator Opong Poku and cocoa farmer Kojo Mensah show how they are fighting child labor on cocoa farms in the Koniyaw, Ghana community with help from the International Cocoa Initiative.

Download Materials

  • U.S. Department of Labor 2017 Child Labor Coordinating Group Annual Report
  • U.S. Department of Labor 2016 Child Labor Coordinating Group Annual Report
  • Photo by Lucy O'Bryan Absolute Options LLC

All stakeholders now understand that holistic, child-centered community development, women’s empowerment and improved access to education are all key elements in ending child labor.

Tim McCoy Tim McCoy Vice President for Country Relations, World Cocoa Foundation Learn more