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.

Virtual Annual General Meeting 2020

September 08th, 2020 is the new date for the annual general meeting of GISCO. The meeting will be held as a virtual event. Please register with the following online-registration (members only):

Further information on GISCO’s Annual General Meetings:

Annual General Meeting 2020

Topic: The protection of human rights along international supply chains - the example of cocoa

We are pleased to invite you to the eighth general meeting of GISCO on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Due to corona-related regulations the general meeting will be a one-day and virtual event – this year it will be open to members only.

An interesting program awaits you - including an introductory lecture by Michael Windfuhr from the German Institute for Human Rights, as well as several short presentations from members of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa on solutions and challenges in implementing human rights due diligence. We look forward to discussing these topics with you as part of the working groups afterwards. You can see the program of the event here.

Further documents and information on the internal general meeting can be found in the member section (login required).  

Annual General Meeting 2019

Topic: Living income and better living conditions for cocoa farmer families

The 7th Annual General Meeting took place on May 07-08, 2019 in Berlin at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Please find the agenda of the public meeting here.

Information on the internal general meeting see members section (access after login).

Post-reporting

  • Documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2019

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  • Press Release

    Annual General Meeting 2019

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  • Photo documentation

    Annual General Meeting 2019 (German)

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Speakers' presentations

  • Michel Arrion

    ICCO: (New) strategic direction of the ICCO and its contribution to a sustainable cocoa sector

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  • Beate Weiskopf

    German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa: Developments on Living Income

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  • Judith Steffens

    PRO-PLANTEURS: GISCO’s project PRO-PLANTEURS - Look back

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  • Sonia Lehmann

    PRO-PLANTEURS: GISCO’s project PRO-PLANTEURS - Look forward

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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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