Global Chocolate and Cocoa Companies Announce
Unprecedented Sustainability Strategy in Côte d’Ivoire
ABIDJAN (May 20, 2014) – Senior executives from 12 of the world’s largest chocolate and cocoa companies are signing a joint agreement with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire as part of an unprecedented strategy to accelerate actions to make cocoa farming in the country sustainable. The plan, announced here today and known as CocoaAction, calls for building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector through increased cooperation between industry members and the Ivorian government. Emphasis will be placed on providing cocoa farmers with a combination of productivity enhancements and community development interventions. These efforts are expected to reach no fewer than 200,000 Ivorian farmers and the communities where they live by 2020. The strategy will be coordinated by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF).