Less than One Week Left to Register Online for #WCFPM!

There is less than one week left to register online to join us as we frame challenges and explore solutions at WCF’s 2017 Partnership Meeting, held in Washington, D.C., October 24-25!

Check out our exciting and innovative agenda and register by Monday, October 16 to see how technology and innovation can accelerate Traceability, Inclusive Growth and Efficiency in the cocoa supply chain.

Note: After October 16, registration fees will increase. Be sure to register now to save with the advanced rate. 
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2016 CocoaAction Annual Report Preview
The Role of Industry in Driving Cocoa Sustainability through Collaboration

During 2017, we have continued to see businesses scale up their efforts to create a more sustainable world. World Cocoa Foundation member companies in particular are dedicating more resources to improving the sustainability of the cocoa sector. 

The imperatives of both corporate action and industry alignment to tackle sustainability and social responsibility issues have never been clearer. When it comes to pressing issues such as climate change and human rights, key industry players, including competitors, must work together to create real change.
Going back to 2016, these companies were already aligning their initiatives with the agreed-upon CocoaAction strategy and collecting data on participating CocoaAction farmers for the very first time. They reached thousands of cocoa farmers with strategic interventions to sustainably improve their livelihoods. 

Findings will be detailed further in the upcoming 2016 CocoaAction Annual Report, scheduled for release on October 30. Read more.
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Use Your Tech Skills to Solve Key Cocoa Sustainability Challenges

YOU are invited to join the three-day Chocothon as a hacker, designer, developer, volunteer and/or mentor to collaborate on creating, prototyping, and birthing hardware and software tools that address some of the greatest challenges in cocoa farming, from October 23-25, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The Chocothon is a special fast-paced competition between teams of technology and innovation experts working to propose solutions to key cocoa sustainability challenges! This exciting event runs in parallel with the 2017 WCF Partnership Meeting

Join the Chocothon mission as a hacker, designer, developer, volunteer, and/or mentor! Email for details.

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Action Oriented Public-Private Partnerships to Tackle Deforestation in West Africa

It is no secret that agriculture – particularly soy, beef, palm oil, and timber – have contributed significantly to global forest loss. Recent maps have demonstrated that cocoa is also a driver of deforestation, particularly in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, which produce roughly 50 percent of the global cocoa supply. 

In a new blog post, WCF's Director of Environment Ethan Budiansky and IDH - The Sustainable Trade Initiative's Daan Wensing discuss how public-private partnerships are key to designing an actionable agenda to tackle deforestation in West Africa.

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Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Take a look below to learn more about the work WCF member companies and partners are doing to ensure a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector. Want your company to be featured in our cocoa sustainability roundup? Email for details.

The Cargill Cocoa Promise progress report announces five new goals for the program, which are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, around farmer livelihoods, community well-being, protecting our planet, consumer confidence, and transformation, together.  Read more.

Mondelēz’s published its first-ever Indonesia Outcome Assessment. The assessment demonstrates how Cocoa Life is creating impact at scale in Indonesia and will guide how the company capture results in other cocoa origin countries going forward. Read more.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan introduced its first report on tackling child labor in cocoa in partnership with the International Cocoa Initiative. The report increases insight, targets change, educates people, fosters improvement, and sustains cocoa. Read more

Stanford Social Innovation Review
The article "Private Sector Force for Public Education" by Sandro Guiliani discusses improving children’s educational outcomes at scale, and links to CocoaAction and the cocoa and chocolate industry recognition that child labor and low productivity pose a serious threat to sustainable growth. Read more.
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Welcome to the WCF Family!

WCF is pleased to welcome our newest member Cacao Oro de Nicaragua! See WCF’s full list of members and learn more about membership here.

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