The members of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa aim at promoting sustainable cocoa production through joint activities in the producing areas and a more intense exchange on existing experiences. The multi-stakeholder initiative pursues three main objectives:

Furthermore, the GICSO members are committed to support the work of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa through ten specific goals. They comprise both social and ecological matters as well as the joint pursuit of aligned goals. Also, the GISCO members are committed to increase the share of sustainably produced cocoa in their own chocolate products.

10 specific goals of GISCO members

GICSO members are committed to support the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa at all levels. They are dedicated

  1. To invest in substantial and sustainable training of cocoa farmers (men and women) which leads to higher productivity, quality improvement and diversification.
  2. To promote the development and implementation of sustainable farming that conserve natural resources and promote biodiversity.
  3. To abolish abusive forms of child labour in cocoa production.
  4. To support and encourage governments in partner countries to improve the situation of cocoa farmers.
  5. To embed our measures in international and national initiatives, particularly in the producing countries.
  6. That in the long term, the entire cocoa in cocoa-containing end products sold in Germany comes from sustainable sources (1).
  7. That by the year 2020, a share of at least 70% (2) of the cocoa in cocoa-containing end products of our producing members in Germany is derived from sustainable sources.
  8. To establish GISCO as a platform in which the members present their activities for sustainable cocoa production and report in a comprehensive way on their contributions towards the objectives of GISCO.
  9. To carry out public relations activities in order to increase the demand for sustainably produced cocoa and to report on progress.
  10. To network, to exchange views, and to learn from each other in order to further develop and apply coherent approaches and best practice experiences.
  • 10 specific goals of GISCO members

    10 specific goals of the members of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa

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