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.

POSTPONED: Annual General Meeting 2020

Unfortunately we have to cancel the general meeting on 05 & 06. Mai 2020 due to the Corona pandemic. We would like to ask you to save 07 & 08. September2020 as a new date for the general meeting.

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

It is with great regret that we have to inform you about the cancellation of the annual general meeting of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa on 5 and 6 May 2020 due to the Corona pandemic.

We have already arranged a new date and would like to invite you to save September 7th and 8th, 2020 as a new date for the annual general meeting of GISCO.

Due to the postponement of the internal general meeting, the board members elected in 2019 will remain in office until the new date in September. 

 Please finde the updated program of the public meeting with presentations here.

For a list of hotels near the venue, please see here. 

You can find the directions to BMEL in Berlin here.

The link to the online registration will be activated here shortly.

Information on the internal general meeting can be found in the member section (login required).  

Thema: Der Schutz der Menschenrechte entlang internationaler Lieferketten am Beispiel Kakao

Leider müssen wir Ihnen mitteilen, dass die Mitgliederversammlung des Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao am 05. und 06. Mai 2020 aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie abgesagt werden muss.

Wir haben bereits einen neuen Termin gefunden und möchten Sie bitten, sich den 07. und 08. September 2020 als neuen Termin für die Mitgliederversammlung des Forums freizuhalten.

Aufgrund der Verschiebung der internen Mitgliederversammlung bleiben die 2019 gewählten Vorstandsmitglieder bis zum neuen Termin im September im Amt.  

Das aktualisierte Programm der öffentlichen Veranstaltung mit Vorträgen finden Sie hier.

Eine Liste mit Hotels in der Nähe des Veranstaltungsortes finden Sie hier.

Die Anfahrtsbeschreibung zum BMEL in Berlin finden Sie hier.

Der Link zur Online-Registrierung wird in Kürze hier freigeschaltet.

Informationen zur internen Mitgliederversammlung finden Sie im Mitgliederbereich (Login erforderlich).

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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