General Meetings

As a registered association, the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa holds a General Meeting once a year. The members elect the Executive Board at the Annual General Meeting. Further tasks include adopting a budget and deciding on resolutions submitted by the Executive Board.

The General Meetings consist of a public part with presentations on the respective main topic, a panel discussion and workshops. GISCO invites scientists and experienced practitioners to widely discuss the respective topic.

Annual General Meeting 2018

The General Meeting of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa took place on 15th May 2018 at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin.

See below for more information.

Further information on GISCO’s Annual General Meetings:

Annual General Meeting 2018

Topic: Sustainability in the Cocoa Sector

  • Photo Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2018

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  • Public Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2018

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  • Program

    Annual General Meeting 2018

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  • Press Release

    Annual General Meeting 2018

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Speakers'presentations

  • William Saab

    NewForesight: Monitoring-Framework für die globale Kakao-Agenda und Bezug auf die Berlin Declaration (World Cocoa Conference 2018)

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  • Anke Massart

    Barry Callebaut: Fortschritte und Monitoring - Forever Chocolate

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  • Dr. Marco Hartmann

    Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH: Engagement der deutschen Regierung - Grünes Innovationszentrum Côte d'Ivoire

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Annual General Meeting 2017

Topic: Human rights and children’s rights

  • Program

    Annual General Meeting 2017

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  • Press Release

    Annual General Meeting 2017

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  • Photo Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2017

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  • Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2017

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Speakers’ presentations

  • Dr. Christiane Hellar

    Hamburger Stiftung für Wirtschaftsethik: Cocoa – an ethical risk analysis (only in German)

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  • Gaël Lescornec

    The World Cocoa Foundation: The global industry’s commitment to sustainability in the cocoa sector

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  • Nick Weatherill

    International Cocoa Initiative (ICI): Strategies for Tackling Child Labour in the West African Cocoa Sector

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  • Telse Badil

    PRO-Enfant Program, Burkina Faso (KFW/GIZ) (only in German)

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  • Richa Mittal

    Fair Labor Association (FLA): Strategies for the improvement of the living conditions for cocoa farmers – Human Rights and Children’s Rights

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  • Sonia Lehmann

    GISCO: PRO-PLANTEURS (only in German)

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  • Beate Weiskopf

    GISCO: Achievements and future perspectives (only in German)

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Annual General Meeting 2016

Topic: Strategies to improve the living conditions and income of cocoa farmers

  • Photo documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2016 (only in German)

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  • Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2016 (only in German)

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  • Press Release

    Annual General Meeting 2016 (only in German)

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  • Agenda

    Annual General Meeting 2016 (only in German)

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Speakers’ presentations

  • Michael Windfuhr

    German Institute for Human Rights: Business and Human Rights (only in German)

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  • Stefanie Lehmann

    Federation of German Food and Drink Industries (BVE): Global goals for sustainability and human rights and the national implementation - What is the position of the food and drink industry? (only in German)

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  • Beate Weiskopf

    GISCO: Advances and first results Pro-Planteurs (only in German)

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  • Kouassi Soumaila Bredoumy

    Ministère de l'Agriculture et du Développement Rural (MINADER) Côte d’Ivoire

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  • Coralie David

    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): Responsible agricultural supply chains to improve farmers' income

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  • Dr. Torben Erbrath

    Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI): CEN/ISO Process (only in German)

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  • Beate Weiskopf

    GISCO: Seizing the results of World Cafés 2014 and 2015 (only in German)

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Annual General Meeting 2015

Topic: Cocoa and sustainability: Consumer expectations and desires

  • Photo Documentation

    Annual general Meeting 2015 (only in German)

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Annual General Meeting 2014

Topic: Towards a sustainable cocoa sector – what could be the contribution of GISCO?

  • Photo Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2014 (only in German)

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  • Beate Weiskopf

    Presentation of the PRO-PLANTEURS project (only in German)

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Annual General Meeting 2013

Topic: Founding of the association and initial milestones of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa

  • Milestones for 2013

    Annual General Meeting 2013 (only in German)

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