The first roundtables held by the Cocoa and Forests Initiative took place on 13 and 15 June 2017 in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
The roundtable in Côte d’Ivoire was hosted by the Ministry of Public Hygiene, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD) and in Ghana by the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources. Participants included representatives from cocoa and chocolate companies, local governments and civil society organizations.
The roundtables were held to develop a ‘Framework of Action’ to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa value chain.
Both countries’ ministers made public statements to show support for the initiative and their commitment to work together with the cocoa industry towards a framework of action to end deforestation in cocoa.
The Cocoa and Forests Initiative was launched on 16 March 2017 by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, World Cocoa Foundation, 12 cocoa companies, and The Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit, is now joined by over 30 cocoa companies.
“All cocoa companies involved understand the importance of acting now and acting fast”, says Richard Scobey, President of the World Cocoa Foundation. “I am confident that through the multi-stakeholder process facilitated by IDH, we will be able to present an actionable framework of action at the COP 23 in Bonn in November this year, in order to have a lasting impact in global deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.”