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Certification body UTZ has become the first organization to join the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) in its newly-formed membership category of Non-Profit Contributing Partner.

The agreement between the two organisations expands further their existing partnership and confirms their intention to work together to increase child protection in the cocoa supply chain.

ICI and UTZ have been working together since 2013, collaborating to ensure that the UTZ certification approach supports and verifies emerging good practice for tackling child labour, including through the revision of the UTZ Code of Conduct and the provision of tools and trainings.

One of the results of this collaboration so far has been the inclusion of the principle of child labour monitoring and remediation in the UTZ Code of Conduct and the UTZ Guidance for producers.

Under the new partnership arrangement, work will continue to examine how UTZ’s enhanced model can serve as a vehicle for the sustainable scale up of such models, enabling certification to aid the expansion of good practices in child protection and child labour reduction.

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