To Understand Child Labor, We Need to Understand Everyone’s Labor

Child labor is an issue the cocoa sector has been battling for many years. Kristy Leissle, Co-founder of Cocoapreneurship Institute of Ghana, argues that to understand and ultimately end child labor, we must recognize the difficulty of everyone’s labor in cocoa growing communities. Read more about her experience as a researcher in West Africa in this blog post.
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Cocoa Farmers!

To ensure cocoa farmer voices are heard during the 2020 Partnership Meeting, WCF is gathering farmer videos from around cocoa origins. Those interested in participating in filming and/or crowdsourcing videos may review the guidelines and submission information here.

Video submissions are due by October 9.
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International Cocoa Initiative Calls for Massive Expansion of Effort in Fight Against Child Labor to Reach All Those in Need

WCF partner and technical advisor the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) launched a new strategy to focus on tackling child labor and forced labor to help cocoa-growing communities thrive within the cocoa supply chain. Read more in this blog post by ICI Executive Director Nick Weatherill.
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Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Cocoa Sustainability Roundup

Learn 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.

Barry Callebaut
Barry Callebaut disclosed its direct cocoa suppliers in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Cameroon through a detailed cocoa sourcing map. Read more.

Mars Wrigley
Mars released an interactive map with cocoa supply chain data to increase transparency. Read more.

Olam announced it can track all cocoa in its direct supply chain in nine countries. Read more.

Rizek Cacao
Rizek and other partners will contribute 500 million pesos toward coronavirus prevention in the Dominican Republic. Read more.

UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
The Global Biodiversity Outlook reported that the rate of forest loss was halved in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana in 2018-19, thanks to the Cocoa & Forests Initiative. Read more.

World Economic Forum (WEF)
WEF shared details on how Ghana is working with farmers to prevent a food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
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