For nearly a decade, the global chocolate and cocoa industry has been working together to bring about positive and sustainable change to the way cocoa is grown and harvested in West Africa.
To address these issues, the industry formed a coalition of chocolate and cocoa processing and manufacturing companies and trade associations representing the North American, European, and international chocolate and cocoa industries.
The coalition was formed to address labor practices in cocoa farming and to coordinate actions under the Harkin-Engel Protocol to help end the worst forms of child labor from the cocoa supply chain.
The coalition is comprised of ADM Cocoa, Barry Callebaut, Cargill, Ferrero, Kraft Foods, Mars, Nestlé, and The Hershey Company; and the trade associations CAOBISCO, ECA, NCA, ICA as well as WCF a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation.
Industry investment and Impact
- Industry has spent more than US$75 million in the past decade on education, farmer training, agricultural improvement programs, health programs and more – all in an effort to help needy children and their families.
- In 2009-2010 alone, industry will have spent more than US$40 million on projects across West Africa
- In 2009-2010, more than three million direct and indirect beneficiaries will be impacted by the industry’s programs, including hundreds of thousands of cocoa farming families and more than one million children.