In a meeting hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales, 12 of the big cocoa and chocolate companies have agreed to partner to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa industry, starting from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The companies will develop and present a joint public-private framework at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bonn in Nov, 2017.
The meeting was organized by World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), and IDH-the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and). Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are the leading producers of cocoa, and in the opinion of several observers cocoa farming is a driving force behind rapid rates of deforestation.
“Today marks a crucial step forward because 12 leading World Cocoa Foundation member companies have agreed to work together, and in partnership with others, to tackle the challenge of deforestation in cocoa,” according to Barry Parkin, WCF Chairman.