GISCO currently gathers more than 70 members. They are categorized into four stakeholder groups.

These are:

  • German public sector, represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) (Stakeholder group A)
  • German cocoa, chocolate and confectionery industry (Stakeholder group B
  • German retail, grocery (Stakeholder group C)
  • Civil society (among others, non-governmental organizations, e.g. standard-setting organizations) (Stakeholder group D)

Moreover, supporting members contribute to the work of GISCO.

Information on a GISCO membership can be obtained from the GISCO Secretariat via info@kakaoforum.de.

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa welcomes all interested stakeholders. See the top 10 reasons to become a GISCO member

Stakeholder group A

German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)

Wer sind wir:

Zentrale Ziele des BMEL sind die Lebensmittelsicherheit, Förderung der gesunden Ernährung, Schaffung positiver Rahmenbedingungen für Land- und Forstwirtschaft sowie den Fischereisektor und die Stärkung der Marktposition der Verbraucher im Wirtschaftsverkehr. Für diese Aufgaben engagieren sich an den Standorten Bonn und Berlin über 900 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter mit ganz verschiedenen Fachkenntnissen sowie Kolleginnen und Kollegen in den Einrichtungen des nachgeordneten Geschäftsbereichs.

 

Was bedeutet Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor für uns:

Eine nachhaltigere Ausgestaltung des Kakaosektors über die gesamte Produktionskette hinweg soll kein Selbstzweck sein, sondern konkret zu einer Verbesserung der Lebens- und Arbeitsbedingungen der Kakaoerzeuger beitragen. Hierzu gehören auch die Schonung natürlicher Ressourcen und die langfristige Sicherung der Erträge durch die Anwendung guter fachlicher Praxis.  

 

Warum wir Mitglied im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao sind:

Die komplexe Situation im Kakaosektor macht eine gemeinsame Herangehensweise aller betroffenen Akteure erforderlich. Deutschland als einem der größten Kakaoverarbeiter weltweit kommt hierbei eine besondere Verantwortung zu. Das BMEL unterstützt daher den Multi-Stakeholder-Ansatz des „Forums Nachhaltiger Kakao“ und insbesondere die enge Zusammenarbeit mit den Erzeugerländern.

 

Über unser Nachhaltigkeitsengagement mehr erfahren.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Wer sind wir:

Das BMZ entwickelt die Leitlinien und Konzepte deutscher Entwicklungspolitik, die es als globale Struktur- und Friedenspolitik versteht. Die Entwicklungspolitik hat die Bekämpfung von Armut – die Verbesserung der Lebensbedingungen der Menschen in Entwicklungs - und Schwellenländern – zum Ziel. In dem vorrangig durch kleinbäuerliche Landwirtschaft geprägten Kakaosektor ist Armut weit verbreitet. Das BMZ wirkt dem durch zahlreiche Aktivitäten entgegen. Mehr Informationen finden Sie unter www.bmz.de.

 

Was bedeutet Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor für uns:

Die Kakaobauern haben Zugang zu technischer Beratung, Betriebsmitteln und Finanzdienstleistungen und können selbstbestimmt ihr Leben gestalten. Sie erzielen faire, existenzsichernde Einkommen und können ihre Kinder in die Schule schicken. Sie verwenden Anbaumethoden, die die natürlichen Ressourcen, v.a. Boden und Wald, schonen.

 

Warum wir Mitglied im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao sind:

Die Herausforderungen und Missstände im Kakaosektor können nicht im Alleingang gelöst werden. Deshalb ist die Zusammenarbeit, Vernetzung und Koordinierung der betroffenen Akteure aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft aus unserer Sicht der richtige Weg.  

 

Über unser Nachhaltigkeitsengagement mehr erfahren.

Stakeholder group B

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

With an aided brand awareness level of 99 per cent, almost every German knows the Ritter Sport brand. Around one in four of all 100-gram bars sold in Germany is a square bar from Ritter Sport and is therefore made by Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG from the Swabian town of Waldenbuch. Founded in 1912, the family business is now run by Alfred T. Ritter, a member of the third generation to run the business. Responsibility towards people and the environment has always been among the fundamental principles of the medium-sized family-run business, which keeps a constant eye on the well-being of future generations in everything it does. Find out more at www.ritter-sport.de.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

The sustainable cultivation of cocoa has been at the heart of our commitment for many years. The aim is to improve the living conditions of people in the growing regions and protect the environment, especially the rainforest. We believe that the industrialised nations have a specific responsibility towards countries in the so-called third world; this especially applies to us as a producer of chocolate.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

We have been helping smallholders in Nicaragua to grow sustainable cocoa for around 25 years. This has since resulted in a collaborative partnership with more than a dozen cooperatives and the setting up of an independent purchasing and drying station. In order to have as big a say as possible in the social and ecological conditions associated with cocoa cultivation, in 2012 we acquired around 2,000 hectares of land in the east of the country and will be getting involved in sustainable cocoa cultivation in future. Ritter Sport invests a total of around five million euros annually in sustainable cocoa cultivation projects.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Compared to many of our competitors, as a medium-sized family-run business, we cannot tackle a global subject such as the social and ecological conditions associated with cocoa cultivation on our own. That is why we welcome the collaborative partnership of all those involved in GISCO and are dedicated to working together to develop effective programmes which will safeguard the environment and improve the living conditions of the people in the growing regions on a lasting basis.

August Storck KG

Who are we?

August Storck KG is a family business that manufactures renowned brands such as Werther’s Original, merci, Toffifee, nimm2, Riesen, Dickmann’s, and Knoppers at three German production sites. The success of the company, which has been run by its owners since 1903, is substantially based on the orientation towards the principles of responsibility, quality, reliability, and co-operation. August Storck KG is a certified enterprise according to the international Social Standard 8000 (SA8000). www.storck.com

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Acting sustainably means shaping the economic, ecological, and social conditions of cocoa cultivation, trade, and processing in such a way that all parties at each level are guaranteed a basis for gainful employment and hence adequate living conditions that is both long term and protective of natural resources.

Cocoa is a commodity that essentially provides a living for people in cocoa growing regions; for the buyers, it is an indispensable raw material. A joint commitment of all parties involved in the supply chain and in politics is necessary to fundamentally change the living and working conditions of the farmers in order to provide them with positive future prospects and to also secure the required resources for companies.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Storck is certified according to the internationally acknowledged Social Standard 8000 (8000) and documents a socially responsible management system. As a member of UTZ CERTIFIED, Storck increasingly buys as well as processes UTZ-certified, and hence sustainably produced, cocoa. Further, we are intensively contributing to the formation of an international DIN/CEN standard. To us, the collaboration of politics, non-governmental organisations, and industries in the buying and growing countries in GISCO is especially important as a means to merge the expertise and scope of influence of all concerned parties in this network of sustainability.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

The co-operation of all parties involved in the cocoa industry offers the opportunity to pool knowledge and scope of influence. For Storck, as a medium-sized enterprise that is not present in the West African producing countries, membership in GISCO is a way of positively expanding our influence in these producing countries. We hope that with the cross-sector interaction of cocoa farmers, traders, and processing industries, we can achieve a good basis to improve the living and working conditions of the farmers in the producing countries, to prevent malpractices such as exploitative child labour, and to develop a sustainable future in the cocoa growing regions.

Learn more about our sustainability management.

Bahlsen GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

Family-owned Bahlsen is one of the world's most well-known biscuit manufacturing companies, and market leader on the German sweet biscuit market. Our brand portfolio ranges from the umbrella brands Bahlsen and Leibniz to the Brandt baked goods brand, and also includes the national brands Kornland in Austria and Krakuski in Poland.  Bahlsen's sweet biscuits stand for living life to the full and appreciating the good things in life. The company has always had a strong sense of corporate responsibility and an awareness of sustainability issues. That is not least one of the reasons for the high level of trust customers and partners have put in the company, its brands and its products for almost 125 years – and why the company continues to stand for excellent quality and exemplary corporate responsibility. See www.bahlsen.com for more information and a copy of our sustainability report.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Bahlsen pursues several approaches with its cocoa strategy: On the one hand, we started to use UTZ-certified cocoa for our chocolate-covered products in July 2012. We aim to have completed the switch to the "mass balance" UTZ-certification standard for 50% of these products by 2015, and for 100% by 2020.
Another, very important element of our cocoa strategy is maintaining direct contact with all those involved in the cocoa industry in the producer countries. We have been making regular visits to the West African cocoa-growing regions for years. This has allowed us to establish long-term relationships with some cooperatives, and, in time, to find out more about the farmers' situation and their problems. We are also committed founding members of GISCO. 

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

A very important element of our cocoa strategy is maintaining direct contact with those who are involved in the cocoa industry in the producing countries.  We intend to intensify this exchange to an even greater degree. In 2011, our respective activities led to working directly together with a cooperative on the Ivory Coast. Bahlsen financially supports the members of this cooperative themselves. In this way, we have been able to contribute to the purchase of two heavy goods vehicles to allow the cocoa to be transported from the plantations to a central collection point. In addition, we help local farmers to obtain UTZ-accreditation by way of start-up loans. In return, we guarantee that we will purchase up to 1,000 tonnes of certified cocoa from them. We visit regularly to see for ourselves what the circumstances are, and what progress is being made.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Cooperation with everyone involved in the cocoa industry is the only way to improve conditions for the local farmers whilst also increasing yields. A great number of those involved in the industry coming together in GISCO sends a clear signal to future generations. We care! We are not shirking our responsibilities! That is the message GISCO wants to bring across. We believe that the transforming lever for increased sustainability in the cocoa sector is educating educators and farmers in the cocoa-growing regions. GISCO intends to speed up this development by initiating practical measures and respective projects in cooperation with the political-decision makers in the various cocoa-growing countries.  We believe that this is the right way forward. That is why we belong to GISCO.

Learn more about our sustainability commitment.

Barry Callebaut AG

Who are we?

Zurich-based Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate – from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. Barry Callebaut operates out of 30 countries, runs more than 45 production facilities and employs a diverse and dedicated workforce of about 6,000 people. Through its Cocoa Horizons initiative and research activities, the company engages with farmers, farmer organizations and other partners to help ensure future supplies of cocoa and improve farmer livelihoods.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

By 2020, the industry will need one million tons of chocolate additionally. That means: The need in cocoa, especially in certified cocoa, will rise considerably. To meet the future demand, we take action today – by ensuring effective and sustainable cocoa growing.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

We support farmer training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) including how to improve soil fertility and yields, post-harvest management, disease and pest management, and biodiversity. Higher yields of better quality cocoa offer opportunities for farmers to earn higher income. Improving access to education and basic health care for cocoa farmers and their families in communities where such services are insufficient or unavailable is also important. More informations

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We have a tremendous opportunity to promote change for a better future. But we cannot do it alone. True leadership requires a long-term view, a culture of innovation, and close partnership with many stakeholders.

Brandt Zwieback-Schokoladen GmbH + Co. KG

Who are we?

The family business Brandt is one of the most well-known brands in Germany. Since more than 100 years the brand has become a synonym for the rusk category. Ever since, the products around the Brandt Markenzwieback stand for trust, tradition and quality. Our subsidiary Burger has, as Number 2 in Germany, also achieved a significant market position in the segment of crisp bread. Brandt is also active as a medium-sized B2B producer of chocolate, which is for the consumer invisible. The basis of all three business areas is our entrepreneurial way of thinking and acting, every activity has to adapt to the economical, ecological and social aspects.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

For the family business Brandt sustainability has a high relevance. Thus Brandt is involved in the Centre for sustainable management of the private University Witten-Herdecke, since years. Due to this first close cooperation, even as a middle-sized company, we have recognized that we have to take joint responsibility for one of our important raw material, the cocoa. Therefore we want to support everything what stands for a fair value added chain of cocoa.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Even as a small distributor of cocoa we share responsibility of sustainability in cocoa growth. For such an enterprise size (e.g. for the influence on site, for to contact to NGO), the resources are logically limited. GISCO offers all producers the perfect platform for follow up actively the targets.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

As a middle-sized family business we want to contribute to the sustainability in cocoa growing. Small companies are successful in this contribution when they affiliate with likeminded and give with united power their aims the united voice. Our strength is the common target in GISCO. 

Bremer HACHEZ Chocolade GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

The Bremen HACHEZ chocolate GmbH & Co. KG belongs to the TOMS Gruppen A / S in Denmark. In HACHEZ all stages of production of chocolate from the roasting of cocoa beans to the packaging of finished products take place under one roof. Selected fine cocoa beans from South America are composed by HACHEZ into a premium blend. Only 3% of world production meets our high requirements. For more information see www.hachez.de.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us? 

To maintain our high quality standards in the long term, sustainable production of all raw materials is important to us. We are committed to clean and sustainable cultivation of raw materials. In our relationships with suppliers, we require that general social standards are maintained, or improved, where they have not yet reached a desirable level.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

In cooperation with the rainforest Institute and GIZ HACHEZ has initiated a project in the Amazon region: A local collector cooperative harvests the wild grown cocoa, processes it and exports it to HACHEZ in Germany. A guaranteed payment, which is far above the average earning potential of this region, as well as purchase guarantees underwritten by HACHEZ for the collectors families represent a significant improvement in their standard of living.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

The issues in question are not exclusive topics for our company, but a fundamental challenge. To help us meet the above objectives, we have decided to become a member of GISCO.

Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI)

Who are we?

The BDSI represents the economic interests of predominantly medium-sized companies in the German confectionery industry. It is both a trade association and an employers’ association. It has over 90 members from the cocoa and chocolate industry. Germany alone processes 10% of the world’s cocoa.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us? 

The German confectionery industry feels a sense of responsibility for the entire cocoa value chain. The main focus is on the well-being of all growers, the cocoa farmers. The Association of the German Confectionery Industry (BDSI) has hence set itself the target of improving conditions for cocoa growers in the producing countries by promoting sustainable cocoa production in close cooperation with local societal forces. Our commitment can only be successful if all stakeholders in the cocoa value chain are involved in this initiative and lend it their support and active cooperation. 

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

The BDSI issued a recommendation to its members in 2012 that they significantly increase the share of sustainably produced cocoa in confectionery sold in Germany in order to achieve a 50% share in the sector as a whole by 2020. This is supposed to increase to 70% by the year 2025. BDSI is actively participating in creating a European Norm EN sustainable and traceable cocoa. BDSI is one of the founders of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) and is an active member of GISCO’s steering committee.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

To achieve these goals while taking into consideration the special circumstances in the cocoa sector requires the concerted action of all stakeholders in the cocoa supply chain. It is crucial that GISCO offers the possibility for all companies to engage in the cocoa sector.

Cargill GmbH

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Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH

Who are we?

LINDT stands for premium quality with tradition: It all started in a small pastry shop in Zurich’s old town in 1845, where “David Sprüngli & fils“developed chocolate in a solid form for the first time. Rodolphe Lindt developed the famous “conching-process” in 1879, which revolutionized the chocolate world entirely. During the last 165 years, an international group of companies with over 8100 employees worldwide evolved. In Aachen, Germany, constant innovations by employees from more than 60 nations contribute to the conditions for long-term and sustainable growth of Lindt & Sprüngli.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

As premium chocolate producer, Lindt & Sprüngli has complete control over every step of its production, from the careful selection of the finest cacao beans to the finished product, which enables highest quality standards. Considering sustainability aspects is an integrated part of how we operate. The base of our efforts in cocoa sustainability is traceability up to the source of the beans, as this enables us to implement targeted actions, which foster sustainability in the cocoa sector.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Starting with the traceability project in Ghana in 2008 in partnership with Armajaro and Source Trust, Lindt & Sprüngli is now the by far largest buyer of traceable cocoa beans from Ghana. Since this partnership began in 2008, US $5.5 million have been invested in the development of the regional infrastructure and social projects. Further, a similar project for flavor beans from Latin America was initiated. Lindt & Sprüngli also decided to initiate a program in order to verify its traceable cocoa supply chain through independent organizations. This verification starts with the traceable cocoa from Ghana and is extended to our whole cocoa supply chain worldwide by 2020. More Information

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Some challenges in the cocoa sector cannot be resolved by a company alone. We need the cooperation with other companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa is a perfect platform to develop collaborative solutions and initiate innovative projects.

Chr. Storz GmbH & Co. KG

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Continental Bakeries Deutschland GmbH

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Eisbär Eis GmbH

Ferrero Deutschland GmbH

Who are we?

As the confectionery market leader, Ferrero Deutschland creates inspire among young and old with 28 popular brands like nutella, kinder Überraschung, Milch-Schnitte, duplo or Mon Chéri. The company has always focused on highest quality, innovation and passion and, together with 3,600 employees, continues the traditional values of a family business whose story of success has already lasted more than 50 years. Ferrero Group has been growing continuously since its foundation and is represented by its affiliates in 46 countries, operating successfully with a total of 22 production sites and more than 33,000 employees.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Ferrero follows the objective to use 100% certified sustainable cocoa by 2020. For this purpose we use certification systems like UTZ Certified and Rainforest Alliance and cooperate in different projects, e.g. to support farmers and their families. Our commitment is comprehensive and focuses not only on training activities in agricultural practices, but also on environmental and social aspects.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

We support private partnership projects (PPP) in Ivory Coast, Ghana and Ecuador to support cocoa farmers – e.g. in the form of educational opportunities, improvements of infrastructure and working conditions, payment of premiums etc.

As far as cocoa from Côte d‘Ivoire is concerned, we have initiated several projects for the procurement of certified cocoa with our partners, and we have carried out a school project with one of these partners. In Ghana and Nigeria we have a long-term partnership with, among others, Source Trust to support sustainability and traceability in cocoa farming and in view of an improvement of farmers’ living conditions. www.ferrerocsr.com

Why are we a member of GISCO?

The superordinate goal of supporting the cocoa growing countries to create a sustainable cocoa production can only be reached by combining the single activities and creating a sector-wide cooperation of relevant partners. GISCO makes it possible to bring together all stakeholders, thus enabling to make more quickly a measurable contribution for improving the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their families and to communicate environmentally friendly farming practices.

Learn more about our sustainability commitment.

Frankonia Schokoladenwerke GmbH

Fuchs & Hoffmann GmbH

Who are we?

Our company is a manufacturer of cocoa liquor, chocolate/couverture and cocoa nibs for the industrial production. Have a look at our website www.fuchs-hoffmann.de.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Sustainability is one major part of our long-term strategy to secure our supply of raw materials.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We are a member because a sustainable evolution is only possible by having an open dialogue with all market participants.  

Girrbach Süßwarendekor GmbH

Who are we?

As a creative supplier of cake decorations, we are specialized in the production of decorations made of chocolate, marzipan and sugar. We do supply the traditional crafts, as well as the national and international industry and as a private label manufacturer also the food retailers through to discounters. In the last 60 years, we have evolved from a traditional family company into an innovative medium-sized company. We are regionally rooted and our environment and our fellow human beings are very important to us. Girrbach engages socially with the possible means. For this we have also been awarded. Visit us at www.girrbach-online.de.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

As a manufacturer of chocolate products we are aware of our responsibility. For Girrbach it is mandatory to help those in the supply chain who are living in poorer conditions.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Several years ago, we have been connected to the Federal Association of the German Confectionery Industry BDSI to have an impact of particular critical issues such as sustainability. We are pleased to supply our customers with an ever-increasing share of our chocolate products with UTZ certified cocoa. Visit us: www.girrbach-online.de.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Together we are strong! It's a matter of course to join this initiative in order to achieve long-term successes.

Griesson - de Beukelaer GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

Griesson - de Beukelaer (GdB) is an internationally oriented family company, and with a tradition going back more than 100 years is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of sweet and savoury biscuits. Its popular brands and products include DeBeukelaer, Prinzen Rolle, Griesson, Tekrum, LEICHT&CROSS and TUC. GdB’s activity is guided by its principles of managing the company in a manner that is ecologically compatible, economically profitable and socially beneficial. This is the reason for our use of sustainable cocoa, sustainable palm oil and eggs from ethical husbandry. More information is available at www.griesson-debeukelaer.de.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

As an internationally operating family company we take our social and ecological responsibility when buying cocoa very seriously. This includes improving the living conditions of the cocoa producers in the countries where the cocoa is cultivated by supporting sustainable farming, training the farmers in sustainable farming methods in the long term and thus making a contribution to safeguarding our Earth’s natural resources.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

We want to safeguard and preserve the natural livelihoods of present and future generations. Therefore since July 2012 we have been the first food manufacturer in the German confectionery market to buy sustainably farmed cocoa that is 100 percent UTZ Certified for all its branded products. We thus contribute to the cocoa farmers being able to work more successfully under better living conditions, as they receive support in the areas of environmental management, working conditions and business management. Further information.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We want to be part of a world in which companies invest in sustainable production and consumers can enjoy the products they trust with a good conscience. But we can only succeed in realising this plan if everyone involved in the cocoa value creation chain works together. We would like to contribute our share to this and support sustainable cocoa farming together with others.

Learn more about our sustainability commitment.

Gustav Berning GmbH & Co. KG

Gut Springenheide GmbH

H.C.C.O Hamburg Cocoa & Commodity Office GmbH

Who are we?

Founded in early 2001 H.C.C.O today serves a number of well-recognized clients in the European Chocolate and Confectionery Industry. As a competent and experienced partner of the industry at the supply with cocoa beans, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor and cocoa powder, H.C.C.O also assists selected cocoa exporters from the origin countries of Africa, South America and Central America in the marketing of cocoa beans. Moreover, with its organization in the Ivory Coast H.C.C.O offers direct cocoa sourcing services to its customers.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

  • Increase  productivity by educating the farmers on modern farming techniques, proper use of fertilizers and chemicals, controlled deforestation etc. in workshops and coachings
  • Product Traceability
  • Promoting better working conditions through premiums, minimum prices
  • Fighting child labour
  • Establishing and promoting schools in the farming areas
  • Improving living conditions of the farmers

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Acting as a link between cocoa industry and the cooperatives in the origin, we observe compliance of suppliers with the principles of sustainability and the criteria of established standards such as UTZ, Fairtrade and Rainforest, on behalf of our clients.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

For our clients in the cocoa processing industry the sustainable cultivation of their products is becoming increasingly important. Today, consumers want to know where ingredients come from and under which conditions they are being grown in the origin countries. Our role is to support our clients to achieve and maintain full transparency, traceability and sustainability. 

H.D. Cotterell

Hachez Chocoversum GmbH

Halloren Schokoladenfabrik AG

Hanns G. Werner GmbH + Co. KG

Who are we?

We are a German, family-owned company based in Tornesch, 20 km north of the city of Hamburg. Since 1952 small-sized dragées are produced in Hafenstraße 9 in Tornesch. Our product range consists of nonpareils, sugar strands, and sugar and dragées pearls which are marketed as bulk packs to the processing industry worldwide. Moreover, we offer chocolate dragées as well. Further information is available here: www.werners.de.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Especially as a family business, which counts on the next generation of the family, we are fully aware of taking on responsibility for the future. That is why we are already IFS, Bio and UTZ certified and that is how we would like to contribute to better living conditions of the people and to environmentally sustainable cocoa cultivation in the producing countries.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

By processing more and more sustainable commodities we would like to make a contribution to the improvement of working and living conditions as well as of the ecosystem in the producing countries.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

As a medium-sized family business we are not able to change a lot just by ourselves. But the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa is an opportunity for us to sustainably improve the working and living conditions of the people in the producing countries by pooling everyone’s strengths. Despite our small demand we are glad to support the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa.

Hans Riegelein & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

Confiserie Riegelein is one of the leading European producers of chocolate figures. Based in Cadolzburg, Germany, the family-owned mid-size company specialises in seasonally themed articles and, with over 750 products and one of the broadest ranges in the market, offers the right product for all occasions. More information can be found at www.riegelein.de.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

In collaboration with the numerous and long-standing association activities, Riegelein is particularly committed to advancing sustainability and fair trade. We want to offer our customers products which are produced economically and with ecological and social responsibility.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Confiserie Riegelein is one of the pioneers in fair trade in seasonal chocolate articles. Back in 2011, we were the first company in the food retail sector to market a full range of products manufactured according to fair trade standards. Moreover, the company will be procuring around one third of its cocoa articles for Riegelein articles for Christmas 2014 from sustainable sources. We want to convert our entire cocoa sourcing to the Fairtrade Cocoa Programme operated by TransFair e.V. by 2017.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Confiserie Riegelein is particularly committed to systematically widening the proportion of sustained farming of and fair trade in commodities. This is because things will only improve if fair trade products can also be established in the mass market. We are actively working towards this goal in conjunction with the trade associations and organisations.

Learn more about our sustainability commitment.

HARIBO Holding GmbH & Co. KG

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Henry Lambertz GmbH & Co. KG

Wer sind wir:

Lambertz ist eine internationale Unternehmensgruppe in Familienbesitz, deren bekanntes Gesicht das des Alleininhabers Prof. Hermann Bühlbecker ist. Die Lambertz-Gruppe ist größter Hersteller und Marktführer bei Herbst-/Weihnachtsgebäcken. Im Portfolio sind unter anderem die Produkte mit den geographisch geschützten Herkunftsbezeichnungen Aachener Printen, Nürnberger Lebkuchen und Dresdner Stollen. Weitere Schwerpunkte sind Ganzjahresgebäcke und dabei vor allem Bio-Gebäcke. Der weitaus größte Teil des Sortiments besteht aus Gebäcken mit Schokolade. Unser Engagement im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao ist Ausdruck unserer nachhaltigen Unternehmensphilosophie. Mehr unter www.lambertz.de

 

Was bedeutet Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor für uns:

Die Lambertz-Gruppe unterstützt die Ziele einer Verbesserung der sozialen und ökonomischen Bedingungen für die an der Kakaoproduktion in den Anbauländern beteiligten Menschen und deren Familien.

 

Was wir für Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor tun:

Über die Mitgliedschaft im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao hinaus richten wir die konkrete Beschaffungspolitik bei Schokolade an unseren Nachhaltigkeitszielen aus. Der Kakao für alle Produkte unserer Marken wird nach dem Fairtrade Cocoa Program bezogen. Auch Eigenmarken stellen wir auf Wunsch unserer Kunden mit Fairtrade oder UTZ Schokolade her. In seiner Funktion als Honorarkonsul der Elfenbeinküste, dem größten Kakaoproduzenten der Welt, setzt sich Prof. Hermann Bühlbecker besonders für die Nachhaltigkeitsziele ein.

 

Warum wir Mitglied im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao sind:

Ein wichtiger und integraler Bestandteil in unserer Unternehmensphilosophie ist seit jeher der Gedanke des nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens und des sparsamen Umgangs mit den Ressourcen. Wir sind uns unserer Verantwortung für ein nachhaltiges Unternehmertum sehr bewusst und unterstützen deshalb die Ziele des Forums Nachhaltiger Kakao.

 

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Infozentrum Schokolade

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Ludwig Schokolade GmbH & Co.KG

Who are we?

Ludwig Schokolade is a member of the internationally operating Krüger Group and we produce high-quality confectionery brands and trademarks. We manufacture our products at four locations and distribute them in over 60 countries.

Please check www.ludwig-schokolade.com for more information.

Ludwig Schokolade exercises its social responsibility to protect nature and the environment in everything it does, use resources sparingly and respects ethical principles.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Our company has already been committed to sustainability in the cocoa industry for many years because it is of fundamental importance to everyone involved in growing and processing cocoa. Our goal is to shift all production to exclusively use certified cocoa by the end of this decade. We are investing millions to achieve this goal.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Ludwig Schokolade is a early-mover member of the ‘The Good Inside Cocoa’ initiative and we work with UTZ Certified and Rainforest Alliance as a certified partner. On our own initiative, we run projects with cooperatives on the Ivory Coast together with Fuchs & Hoffmann GmbH, a producer of semi-finished cocoa products and also a member of the Krüger Group. Our own team of qualified employees trains and supports several thousand cocoa farmers and carries out on-site certification standard adherence checks.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

The deficits in the cocoa cultivation are complex and they can only be collectively tackled through cooperative action by politics, industry, trade and NGOs. GISCO provides a suitable platform – besides our own initiative, which unfortunately cannot influence the political conditions – for jointly addressing the problems in producing countries through coordinated commitment on the part of all members.

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Ludwig Weinrich GmbH & Co. KG

Who we are:

Founded in 1895 and now already in the fourth generation as a family company, we produce chocolates for all kinds of tastes with 350 workers in our factory in Herford, North-Rhinewestphalia. We work with customers from worldwide 50 countries, meeting customer’s wishes in the field of conventional, organic and Fairtrade. www.weinrich-chocolates.com

 

What sustainability in the cocoa sector means to us:

Cocoa beans are a precious jewel of nature and growing it requires commitment and know-how. It is our ambition to mediate this acknowledgement – this is why we shifted our production to 100% sustainable cocoa in January 2014 (UTZ, Fairtrade and/or organic). We want to develop more direct relationships with producers and strengthen the dialogue, to meet our respective needs and procure cocoa as socially and ecosystem-friendly as possible.

 

Sustainability in the cocoa sector - what WE do:

Since January 2014 we buy 100% sustainable certified cocoa (UTZ, Faitrade and/or organic). For more than 20 years know we have a close relationship with a Fairtrade-cooperative in Ghana, which includes respective visits and support of activities. Currently we are developing closer relationships with further cocoa cooperatives, to allow us to take increased responsibility for social and environmental conditions in the producing countries. Since August 2017 we have a sustainability manager, who specifically addresses this field. www.weinrich-chocolates.com

 

Why are we a member of GISCO:

In order to really promote sustainable cocoa production, which means guaranteeing human rights and protection of the environment, representatives of economic entities, political institutions and civil society need to do the best they can. Networking and exchange between the different actors allow respective support and combined strength to reach that goal.

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Mars Chocolate Deutschland

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Mondelez International

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Nestlé Deutschland AG

Who are we?

Nestlé is the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company. Our mission of "Good Food, Good Life" is to provide consumers with the best tasting, most nutritious choices in a wide range of food and beverage categories in order to sustain and improve quality of life. A company can only be successful in the long-term if it is capable of generating additional value for the society. This concept of “creating shared value” determines our actions along our value chains. For further information go to: www.nestle.com

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

In our work, we pursue a holistic approach, which integrates quality requirements as well as environmental and social standards. For our products we require high quality cocoa that has to be cultivated under responsible conditions– and provides it’s growers a proper livelihood. Currently the cultivation of cocoa does not fulfill these obligations in important producing regions. Sustainability in the cocoa sector requires transparent supply-chains, the strict implementation of social and safety standards and not least the professionalization and strengthening of the cocoa cultivation. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan combines these pillars, based on strong partnerships and a long-term commitment to sustainably grown cocoa.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

The Nestlé Cocoa Plan (www.nestlecocoaplan.com) bundles our actions in the cultivation of cocoa:

  • Professionalization of the farmers through Farmer Field Schools and certification
  • Increase of crop yields through efficient plant seedlings and better methods of cultivation
  • Bonuses for the farmers as incentives for good quality and continuous improvement
  • Appropriation of schools in our partner-cooperatives – 40 schools until 2016
  • The set-up of a monitoring- and adjustment-system to secure the compliance with social standards

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Sustainability in the cultivation of cocoa requires commitment in the own supply chains, but it can only be achieved if all forces of society and supply chain partners join forces. For this purpose GISCO serves as an important platform in order to bundle these forces and strengthen the commitment. In Germany the whole cocoa for our brands KIT KAT and SMARTIES already comes from partner-cooperatives of the Cocoa Plan as well as further certified cooperatives. It is our goal to cover our whole cocoa demand from sustainable cultivation until 2015.

Olam Cocoa Deutschland GmbH

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Paul Reber GmbH

Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH

Who are we?

The family business Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH, founded in 1949, based in Dettingen / Teck near Stuttgart with the brands Sun Rice, Gubor, Friedel, and Weseke Dragees and as a manufacturer of brand and private label products, belongs to the leading confectionery manufacturers in the industry. As a provider of quality chocolate as well as fondant and jelly products, Rübezahl Schokoladen GmbH exports its products to more than 50 countries worldwide. Rübezahl produces more than 100 million hollow body figures and 30 million Advent calendars annually at three locations in Germany, among others. For more information, please visit: www.rk-schoko.de.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

We are aware of our social responsibility. In order to promote sustainability in the cocoa sector, our company has been using more sustainably produced cocoa from one year to the next. It is likely that the demand for raw material cocoa will continue to rise in the future. Thus, the growing conditions have to be improved in the producing countries, and the cocoa farmers have to be trained. This way, they can gain higher yields and better earning potential and cocoa farming can remain a satisfactory career field for following generations.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Rübezahl Schokoladen is a member of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa. Our aim is to continuously increase the share of sustainably produced cocoa processed by us in both the brand and the private label sector from one year to the next. For this, Rübezahl buys its cocoa exclusively from certified dealers that are regularly audited by independent auditors. Rübezahl Schokoladen is UTZ, Fairtrade, and RSPO certified. With the purchase of sustainable cocoa, it supports cocoa farmers in improving the quality of their crops in a sustainably, socially, and environmentally responsible manner and, thus, improves their income and prospects.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

As a medium-sized company, we do not have the resources and influence to solve the challenges in the cocoa industry alone. Therefore, we rely on the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa as a multiplier to combine forces - together with other SMEs - on a long term basis to achieve steady improvements in the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their cocoa farming methods through buying sustainable cocoa. Because only together we are strong. 

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Stiftung der Deutschen Kakao- und Schokoladenwirtschaft

Stollwerck GmbH

Who are we?

Stollwerck GmbH, headquartered in Cologne, is a leading manufacturer of chocolate products. The company boasts a tradition going back 170 years, with extensive competence and experience in the use of cocoa and chocolate raw materials and ingredients. Since October 2011 Stollwerck is owned by the Belgian company Sweet Products. Stollwerck has a number of production sites, primarily in Germany, and has a focused brand portfolio, which includes the leading umbrella brand SAROTTI, which still ranks among the brands best known to consumers, Alpia, Schwarze Herren, Eszet and Karina. For more information, visit: www.sarotti.de

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

For us, sustainability in the cocoa sector primarily means to promote a sustainable cocoa cultivation in order to improve the living conditions and incomes of cocoa farmers and their families and thus build up a decent livelihood for present and future generations. Being a manufacturer of mainly private label products, we want to sensitize our customers to only use cocoa from sustainable sources.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?  

In order to revive the cocoa sector within the areas of our responsibility, we support where possible at an international level. Since January 2012, we are supporting an extensive training program for Ivorian cocoa farmers. The program is implemented together with partners such as Anader and Solidaridad and is promoting two cocoa cooperatives, close to Gagnoa. For more information, please visit www.stollwerck.de/en/unternehmen/pdf/Engl_PR_FarmerFieldsSchoolsWithCargill.pdf.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

The members of GISCO cover all actors along the supply chain so that knowledge can be exchanged and activities can be bundled. Existing projects can be networked without duplicating existing processes and structures. As a member of GISCO we want to increase the share of certified sustainable cocoa in confectionery products significantly and in long term.

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Ulmer Schokoladen GmbH & Co. KG

Who are we?

Ulmer Chocolates is a family company that is a leading producer of small-sized chocolate decoration products for the processing industry. Main customers are from the sectors deep frozen pastries, ice cream and cereals who embellish their products with Ulmer decorations.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

The importance of sustainability in the cocoa sector grows fast. Ulmer Chocolate is confronted with more and more customer demands concerning sustainability and also is convicted to carry a social responsibility to promote sustainable practices in the cocoa sector. Ulmer is already certified to produce / process Utz and Rainforest chocolates.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Being a small family-owned company, it is impossible to effectively engage in sustainability programs alone. By merging with other companies from the sector under the roof of GISCO, there is the opportunity to generate synergy effects and contribute actively to the uplift of living conditions in the countries of origin. 

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United-Agro-Alliance GmbH

Verdener Keks- und Waffelfabrik Hans Freitag GmbH & Co.KG

Who we are:

Verdener Keks- und Waffelfabrik is a family-owned company who is specialized in the production of long-life bakery products. The company was established in Verden in 1946. With its about 350 employees, the company produces up to 130 tons of biscuits and waffles every day. As a modern traditional company, sustainable management plays a major role for us. We are focused on the conservation of our resources and an intact environment for the future generations. More information may be obtained from www.hans-freitag.de.


What sustainability in the cocoa sector means to us:

Almost all of our biscuits and waffles contain cocoa powder or chocolate. In order to ensure that this raw material, which is so important for us, will be continuously available in sufficient quantities from the growing countries, we rely on the use of sustainably certified cocoa. This is an integral part of our quality policy.

 

Sustainability in the cocoa sector - what we do:

In order to play an active role in the marketing of articles with sustainably produced cocoa, we have been using only raw materials with cocoa components certified according to UTZ Mass Balance in our own brand since 01.04.2016. To ensure that the use of sustainably produced cocoa in our articles is also visible to the end consumer, we apply the UTZ logo with the necessary claim on the packaging. More information can be obtained from www.hans-freitag.de.

 

Why are we a member of GISCO:

As we are a medium-sized company and we are not able to move as much as the major global players, we are a member of GISCO. Together with the other members, we hope that this will help us to promote sustainable cocoa production and improve the living and working conditions of the people in the growing regions.

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Vollers Hamburg GmbH

Who are we?

Since its foundation in 1932, the Vollers Group has been specialized in warehousing and transport of sensitive commodities like green coffee, cocoa and tea. Our business areas consist everything from storage and distribution, document and customs clearance, to sampling, weighing, blending and processing, right up to overland, intermodal and sea transport. We have locations in Bremen, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Bury St Edmunds, Trieste, Riga, Tallinn and Moscow. Please also have a look at our website at www.vollers.com.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

As a logistics partner, we also want to play a part in contributing to a responsible handling of resources. For us, environment-conscious transportation as well as maintaining ecological conditions are important factors of sustainability. We have set internal standards in order to encourage our employees to work fair and environmentally conscious.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

We want our customers to get the service they request. This means that we are in a position to comply with the required standards for transportation, warehousing and processing of certified cocoa. Apart from stringent environmental and social regulations, we also have several certifications like for example the organic (‘Bio’) certificate. In order to keep the CO2 emissions balance of the handled and stored cocoa as low as possible, our trucks comply with the strictest low-emission regulations.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Being part of the supply chain, we strive to understand and support our customers and their initiatives concerning sustainability from ‘bean to bar’. By exchanging information within the entire cocoa supply chain, we are able to identify the needs of our customers and respond to them accordingly. 

Wetzel Oblaten GmbH

Who are we?

The Wetzel Oblaten company is leading in the production of original Karlsbader Oblaten and other filled  wafer delicacies containing cocoa, for example nougat and chocolate wafers and the very known Kleinoblaten. Founded as a family company we are on the market since more than 60 years and have about 50 employees. Most of them are women, this is why we take special care about the family compability of the working conditions in our company. The idea of sustainablity was declarated to one of our most important objectives, not only concerning cocoa – in general.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

For the long term, the Wetzel Oblaten company supports GISCO through project plus. Project plus is active in the education of the people in the cocoa procucing countries is engaged for protecting their concerns. This is the base of  sustainable cocoa production. Our ambition is to maximize  the procentive part of sustainable cocoa we use in the next few years.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We see the necessity and responsiblity to keep alive and to protect our planet for our children and the following generations and to guarantee worldwide equality of opportunities. As a single company  we do not have enough power to change things. Only in the community with strong  partners it will be possible to expert influence on politics in the cocoa producing countries and so to change the living and working conditions, educational chances an ecological developments in a positve way. Only in cooperation with other companies we have the possibility to get involved actively with the special projects.

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ZDS Solingen

Stakeholder group C

ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG, corporate group ALDI Nord

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ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG, corporate group ALDI Süd

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EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG

LIDL Stiftung & Co. KG

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tegut… gute Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG

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Bundesverband des Deutschen Lebensmittelhandels e.V. (BVLH)

Wer sind wir:

Der BVLH ist im Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) der Fachverband für die Lebensmittelarbeit. Er wahrt die lebensmittelpolitischen Interessen der Handelsunternehmen gegenüber Gesetzgebung, Behörden und Öffentlichkeit. Auf diesem Gebiet ist der BVLH der Ansprechpartner für Politik, Medien, Verbraucherorganisationen und die Verbände der vorgelagerten Wirtschaftsstufen.

 

Was bedeutet Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor für uns:

Eine nachhaltige Entwicklung kann durch das Umsetzen von umweltbezogenen, wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Zielen erreicht werden. Übertragen auf den Kakaosektor gilt es, die Lebensumstände der Kakaobauern zu verbessern, den Anteil nachhaltig erzeugten Kakaos zu erhöhen und damit den steigenden Bedarf der Wirtschaft an nachhaltigem Kakao zu decken. 

 

Warum wir Mitglied im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao sind:

Dem BVLH ist bewusst, dass nur ein ganzheitlicher Ansatz für ein größeres Angebot an nachhaltig angebautem Kakao sorgen kann. Dabei sind alle wirtschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Akteure einzubeziehen. Der BVLH ist stellvertretend für den Handel im Forum engagiert, um einen spürbaren Beitrag zu leisten.

 

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REWE Group

Wer sind wir:

Die genossenschaftlich organisierte REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Das 1927 gegründete Unternehmen ist mit über 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 20 europäischen Ländern präsent. Die REWE Group ist überzeugt, dass sich Qualität über die primären Eigenschaften der Ware hinaus auch durch ökologische und soziale Aspekte auszeichnet. Ziel ist es deshalb, nachhaltigere Produkte zu entwickeln und zu vermarkten. Mehr Informationen unter www.rewe-group.com.

 

Was bedeutet Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor für uns:

Nachhaltigkeit im Kakaosektor zielt auf die Verbesserung der Lebensbedingungen vor Ort und den Schutz der natürlichen Ressourcen. Dabei sind nachhaltigere Anbau- und Verarbeitungspraktiken ein wichtiger Baustein, um Herausforderungen wie abnehmender Bodenfruchtbarkeit, überalterter Baumbestände, rückläufiger Ernteerträge, geringer Einkommen, inakzeptabler Arbeitsbedingungen und ausbeuterischer Formen von Kinderarbeit zu begegnen.

 

Warum wir Mitglied im Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao sind:

Im Kakaoanbau ist erhelbliches Optimierungspotenzial vorhanden. Um dieser Tatsache zu begegnen, bedarf es einer sektorweiten Koordination und Kooperation. Durch das Forum Nachhaltiger Kakao wird eine starke Gemeinschaft entstehen, um mit allen Akteuren entlang der Wertschöpfungskette länderindividuelle Ansätze zu finden, die dauerhaft zu positiven Entwicklungen entlang der gesamten Lieferkette führen.

 

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Ein Dach für Afrika

Exposure- und Dialogprogramme e.V.

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Fairtrade International

Who are we?

Fairtrade is a strategy in the fight against poverty. Through fairer trading in the cocoa sector (and other sectors), marginalised farmers and their families in Africa, Asia and South America are able to improve their lives. Behind the concept of Fairtrade is Fairtrade International, the roof organization which develops the Fairtrade Standards and supports the cocoa smallholders to fulfil the Fairtrade requirements and stay certified in the long term. Three regional producer networks represent the Fairtrade farmers and workers. 19 national Fairtrade organizations (including Transfair Germany) promote Fairtrade products, license the Fairtrade Mark on products and spread awareness of Fairtrade in consumer countries.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Fairtrade has a holistic approach to sustainability with a focus on improving long-term economic, environmental, and social conditions. Sustainable production can only be achieved once producers have been able to face their economic, environmental, and social challenges. It is necessary that farmers earn a stable and sufficient income, in order to make further successful investments in the agricultural sector.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Fairtrade’s work in the cocoa sector is based on the principles of organization in cooperatives. The organized farmers work effectively according to the Standards, which fully determine which economic, social and environmental criteria are to be met. The fixed Fairtrade Premium and the Fairtrade Minimum Price together with the focus on organizational development and strengthening of cooperative members, all form the basis for sustainable production. The Fairtrade principles underline the need for long-term trading partnerships and promote pre-financing as core instruments for improving the quality and quantity of their harvests. This then leads to an increase in income in the communities and therefore to an overall improvement of lives and livelihoods.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

GISCO’s constitution, purpose and aims, as well as the plurality of its members, offer a good platform  to present 20 years of gathering knowledge in standard setting, certification and monitoring and evaluating our work with small producer organizations. Fairtrade believes in bringing about positive change in the cocoa sector for the benefit of producers, through partnering with companies and traders working to meet the Standards and with focused project work and training.

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Forum Fairer Handel

Förderverein der Maria Montessori Gesamtschule, Düsseldorf

Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten (NGG)

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Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics

Who are we?

The Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics is a non-profit organization that deals with topics related to the area of business ethics in global supply chains. We are focusing on the analysis and assessment of ethical risks in specific economic sectors. Together with other relevant players we work on projects to minimize these risks and develop strategies which are also transferable to other sectors.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Sustainability is an important issue within all economic sectors; nonetheless, cocoa plays a particular role in comparison to other sectors because the current unsustainable cultivation and trading practices could lead to an exhausted sector in the foreseeable future if no solution is found. To ensure the sector’s continuing existence, but even more importantly, to improve the farmer’s living and working conditions, a combination between social, ecological and economic changes is essential.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

The Hamburg Foundation for Business Ethics draws the attention to the deficiencies in the cocoa sector with its own analytical studies, and additionally, develops and tests possible solutions which have already been successful in other business sectors. Apart from that, as an independent player from civil society, we take part in various (multi-stakeholder) dialogue processes and are committed to the development of an international standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa.

Why are we a member of GISCO? 

The motivation for our membership is an improvement of the farmers’ living conditions. This can only be achieved by means of participation of all the players in the supply chain, which is why we would like to support GISCO’s work and contribute to this dialogue with our sector-transcending perspective.

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INKOTA

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International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC)

Who are we?

ISCC is the world's first certification system recognized by Member States and the EU Commission for sustainability and greenhouse gas savings that can be applied to all kinds of biomass. ISCC is currently being used successfully in more than 70 countries worldwide. The ISCC PLUS label documents that biomass was produced in compliance with high environmental and social standards, providing reliability and credibility for system users. ISCC PLUS offers market participants and producers from the food, feed, chemical and pharmaceutical industry the opportunity to achieve sustainability certification for all types of bio based product applications. For more information www.iscc-system.org.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Sustainability means secure traceability of products within a cocoa based supply chain sector, compliance with high social and environmental standards and related improvements of cultivation and living conditions for smallholders. ISCC supports the goal to extend sustainability requirements to all types of bio based products and intends to be instrumental in increasing and promoting the amount of sustainably produced cocoa worldwide.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

ISCC is working intensively on programs for adaptation of certification requirements to regional specifics with a special focus on the needs of smallholders (see http://www.iscc-system.org/iscc-verein/technische-komitees/ ). Furthermore ISCC PLUS cooperates with the SAI Platform, a global initiative by food companies to support sustainable agricultural farming practices and sustainability requirements (see http://www.iscc-system.org/iscc-system/iscc-plus/ )

Why are we a member of GISCO?

ISCC supports multi-stakeholder initiatives which have the goal to improve the environmental, social and economic conditions in the producing countries and are committed to implement traceable and secure supply chains. ISCC intends to support feasible smallholder projects and initiatives for standardization of sustainability requirements within the food sector and by thus helpreducing implementation costs.

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Jacobs Foundation

Who are we?

The Jacobs Foundation was founded 1989 in Zurich, Switzerland, and is one of the leading foundations in the area of child and youth development, with an annual budget of approx. 40 million Swiss Francs. The Jacobs Foundation aims to be a social innovator, offering new approaches for children and youth to become socially responsible members of society. Due to the global relevance of its focus, the Jacobs Foundation also works in selected countries in Latin America and Africa, in addition to its interventions in Switzerland and Germany.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Sustainability means first and foremost education to the Jacobs Foundation! No sustainability without education. In the cacao sector in particular, we include good agricultural practices and ecologically reasonable use of resources (agricultural and ecological sustainability), resulting in decent income and livelihoods for the whole smallholder farming family (social sustainability), as well as agricultural vocational training for youth in order to raise interest and strengthen competences of future generations of cocoa farmers (sustainability of the local economy).

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector? 

With the aim of improving children’s and youth’s livelihoods in cocoa growing areas in Ivory Coast, the Jacobs Foundation supports integrated projects in selected rural communities. Ensuring access to education and vocational training as well as strengthening local competences and structures are central goals of these projects. Smallholder farmers are trained in good agricultural practices and basic entrepreneurship to increase their incomes to be able to invest in the future of coming generations.

Furthermore, the Jacobs Foundation supports the development of an agricultural curriculum at secondary school level so that youth become more interested in agriculture, including in cocoa.

For further information: http://jacobsfoundation.org/project/ivory-coast-quality-education-for-cocoa-communities/.  

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Jacobs Foundation joined GISCO to ensure the integration of education and vocational training as key aspects of future-oriented and sustainable development. We look forward to exchanging experiences and perspectives with relevant actors from the public and private sectors.

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myclimate

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Plant for the Planet

Who we are:

Plant-for-the-Planet is a worldwide children's and youth initiative with more than 67,000 members in 66 countries. Together with people from all over the world, the children want to plant 1,000 billion trees in order to bind CO2 and thereby mitigate the climate crisis. As Climate Justice Ambassadors, the children and youths give lectures to adults, and plant trees, i.e. by selling their product "The Change Chocolate" (currently in Germany and Austria) www.plant-for-the-planet.org

 

What sustainability in the cocoa sector means to us:

We children wish that all companies produce CO2-neutrally and with fair traded raw materials. All children should have the chance to go to school. Furthermore, we plant trees against the climate crisis. It’s about the survival of us, the children!

 

Sustainability in the cocoa sector - what we do:

We give lectures to adults and call them to plant trees and act sustainably.

We train other children at academies to become Climate Justice Ambassadors.

With the "Change Chocolate" we have launched our own product that is Fairtrade certified, produced climate-neutrally and plants additional trees.

 

Why we are a member of GISCO:

We want to talk to the companies that produce our favorite product: chocolate! Together, we can mitigate the climate crisis and make the world more sustainable. We want to bring the “Gute Schokolade” as "change chocolate" in many other countries. For this we need the help of chocolate producers who would like to support us children!

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Rainforest Alliance

Who are we?

Founded in 1987, the Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Farms, forestry operations and tourism businesses that meet comprehensive social, environmental and economic standards for sustainability earn the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal or the Rainforest Alliance Verified™ mark. We are at work in more than 100 countries around the globe and our green frog seal can be found on chocolate, tea, coffee, paper, bananas, furniture and an assortment of other products.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

We believe that sustainable cocoa comes from farms where the environment is respected, workers are well-treated and farmers earn a decent livelihood. That's why the Rainforest Alliance works in every link of the supply chain, training farmers in sustainable practices, connecting chocolate companies with Rainforest Alliance Certified cocoa farms and encouraging consumers to support sustainable agriculture by purchasing certified products.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

The Rainforest Alliance and its on-the-ground partners support cocoa farmers and other members of the cocoa supply chain who are working toward sustainability. We introduce producers to environmentally friendly and socially acceptable practices and help them to increase yields and profits. Farms that meet the environmental, social and economic criteria of the Sustainable Agriculture Network are awarded our green frog seal. In 2012, 10 percent of the world’s cocoa harvest (406,000 MT of cocoa) was farmed on 200,000 Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

GISCO brings together a multitude of stakeholders with one common goal: to offer more sustainably farmed cocoa and chocolate products to the German market. With our expertise in developing and promoting a standard for sustainable agriculture and experience working in the world's top cocoa producing countries, the Rainforest Alliance is fully aligned with GISCO's mission and committed to driving sustainable agriculture forward.

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Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH

Who are we?

The Chocolate Museum is dedicated to the 5000-year history and present of cocoa and chocolate. The glazed production plant shows how chocolate bars, hollow figures and pralines are made. In the chocolate atelier each visitor can compose his or her own chocolate bar and can snack on fresh Lindt chocolate from the well-stocked chocolate fountain. The cultural historical exhibition “Grown Gold – Sweet Temptation” follows cocoa’s route from its role as the food of the gods among the Aztecs of ancient America to the chocolate of our own times. One can encounter real cocoa trees in the tropical greenhouse, and with a bit of luck, they might also bear fruit. The tour ends with a display of “cult chocolates” that are sure to rouse some memories. The museum, as a competence centre for chocolate, is therefore ideal for all those with an interest in cocoa and chocolate and has established itself nationwide as an extracurricular place of learning.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

A sustainable cocoa industry is of key importance to us, especially as we recognise the opportunity it provides for a positive development in the circumstances of people in the cultivating lands. Many visitors come to the museum to learn where cocoa is grown and how chocolate is made. It is important to them that the cultivation of cocoa is not carried under inhuman conditions.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector? 

The Chocolate Museum is involved within the bounds of its possibilities and attempts to make a contribution to the topic of sustainability. In our exhibition we inform visitors about the living conditions of the people in the cultivating countries, we report on the cultivation of cocoa and show how different companies and organisations try to improve the lives of the people concerned.

We use the income from our “historical” chocolate automats to support the project “Protecting the Rainforest with Organic Chocolate”, run by the Tropical Forest Foundation OroVerde in the Patuca National Park in Honduras. Organic cocoa is grown there. The farmers are trained in methods of cultivation by experts.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We think that GISCO is an important instrument in bringing together all of the stakeholders in Germany and in initiating a lively debate. By these means, the area of sustainable cocoa cultivation can be stabilised and expanded in the long term. This can improve the lives of cocoa farmers and their families and contribute to a successful cocoa industry in the long term for all involved. 

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Solidaridad

Who are we?

Solidaridad is an international civil society organisation with more than 45 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains. Solidaridad works across 12 supply chains and operates through 10 Regional Expertise Centres on 5 continents. Have a look at our website www.solidaridadnetwork.org.  

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

The global demand for cocoa is rising. Yet the majority of the world’s cocoa producers are stuck in a cycle of poverty, unable to meet personal needs and global demand. Additionally, crops such as palm oil and rubber, being more economically viable, threaten the security of the future cocoa supply.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

We believe that Germany and its cocoa and chocolate sector can become a driving force in transforming the cocoa sector into a more sustainable one. We would like to support GISCO and its members in this process by sharing our field level experience in rehabilitating and intensifying cocoa farms, shaping a thriving cocoa service sector and tackling issues such as youth, gender, food security and climate.

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Südwind Institute

Who are we?

The vision of the Südwind Institute is a world of economic, social and ecological justice. Our research gears towards fair economic relationship and we develop instruments and options for future action for development and ecclesiastic organisations, politics and business.

Since cocoa and chocolate are important resources in the global market, it is part of our efforts to publish studies about cocoa and create a dialogue about the cocoa sector’s challenges.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

The goal of a sustainable cocoa sector must be to guarantee all participants of the global supply chain a life in human dignity. Because of the current problems all approaches and projects must concentrate on improved livelihood for 5.5 million small farmers who cultivate cocoa.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

The Südwind Institute published several studies, organized conferences and talked with business and press representatives in addition to public talks in order to call attention to the sustainability in the cocoa sector. We play an active role in GISCO and we are founding member of VOICE, the European Network of NGOs and trade unions concerned with cocoa. All activities focus on the question of how the situation of cocoa farmers can be improved.

Why are we a member of GISCO? 

The Südwind Institute is convinced that all individuals and organisations involved in the global cocoa supply chain must work together in order to achieve improvements in the cocoa sector. We expect from all participants of the chain, beginning with the cocoa beans treders, the manufacturer, the retail industry, politics, civil society and research facilities to act in concert to improve the livelihood of cocoa farmers.

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UTZ Certified

Who are we? 

UTZ Certified is a program and label for sustainable farming of coffee, cocoa and tea. Our mission is to create a world where sustainable farming is the norm. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ program farmers grow better crops, generate more income and create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources. We work with a strict Code of Conduct for growing coffee, cocoa and tea, verified by independent third parties. More information can be found on www.utzcertified.org.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

UTZ Certified wants sustainable farming to become the most natural thing in the world. By working with large volume brands, we are able to support more and more farmers, their workers and their families achieve their ambitions. A world where sustainable farming is the norm is a world where: farmers implement good agricultural practices and manage their farms profitably with respect for people and planet, industry invests in and rewards sustainable production, and consumers can enjoy and trust the products they buy.

Why are we a member of GISCO?

In 2009, the UTZ Certified Cocoa Program had a very successful start resulting in UTZ being one of the leading programs for the production of sustainable cocoa worldwide. We are committed to expanding this success in the future. One of our main focus points is strengthening the supply chain by engaging more producers to join the program. At the same time, we will continue to work with new and existing partners to increase sustainable sourcing and thus making sure consumers can enjoy and trust the products they buy.

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ZNU- Zentrum für Nachhaltige Unternehmensführung

Supporting members and institutions with consultative status

Bayer CropScience

Who are we?

Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG, is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. We offer an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. We are represented in more than 120 countries, incl. cocoa producing countries, e.g. Ghana, Ivory Coast, Indonesia and Central America. http://www.bayercropscience.com

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Bayer CropScience is fully committed to sustainable agriculture. Our innovative and sustainable crop solutions include services from seed to harvest and beyond – e.g. expertise in good agricultural practices, education and training programs for famers and operators, know-how in country specific agricultural and regulatory requirements, support in the fulfillments of certification needs, residue and risk management.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

In our Food Chain Partnership projects we act as a facilitator, bringing together the various partners in the food value chain (farmers, traders, food processors and food retailers) to work on sustainable crop solutions. We currently have about 240 projects in 30 countries and 40 crops incl. cocoa. It has proven to be a successful way to ensure food quality and safety, produced in a sustainable manner. http://www.foodchainpartnership.com

Why are we a member of GISCO?

Meeting increasingly demanding consumer expectations provides a major challenge for the entire food value chain. With our Food Chain Partnerships we can contribute via the above mentioned expertise, portfolio and services and support sustainable cocoa production.

BM TRADA Deutschland GmbH

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German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Who are we?

The German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) based in Hamburg is the biggest research institute for (comparative) area studies in Germany. It combines research on political, economic and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East with global and inter-regional topics. A key thematic focus are socio-economic challenges in the context of globalization. Within this framework, the researchers concentrate on the interdependencies between economic development and environmental sustainability. More information is available at www.giga-hamburg.de.

What does sustainability in the cocoa sector mean to us?

Economic growth is a necessary prerequisite for reducing poverty in developing countries but at the same time puts pressure on natural resources and the environment. That is why we examine possible trade-offs as well as conceivable synergies between environmentally and socially sustainable developments. For our research in the field of cocoa this means to understand and analyze the environmental and socio-economic dimensions of cocoa production. This may allow us  to manage trade-offs and identify possible win-win situations.

What do we do for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

Within the project "Long-term land use, poverty dynamics and emission trade-offs", research focuses on poverty impacts and environmental consequences of different methods and strategies in cocoa cultivation. For this purpose, data on 400 households has been collected in the region Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2013. Aim of our research is to identify the determinants of farmers’ income from cocoa cultivation, to analyze factors of environmentally sustainable cultivation methods and to uncover the drivers of land-use change. For more information, see here.

Why are we a member of GISCO? 

We would like to share our findings with actors from the economy, politics and civil society, thereby taking important research results into the public sphere. At the same time, being a member of GISCO gives us key insights into current debates, difficulties and activities which we can cover and integrate into our research. We wish to use the thusly acquired findings regarding trade-offs and synergies between social and environmental sustainability to actively contribute to a more sustainable cocoa cultivation.

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Ministry for Energy Transition, Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas of the Federal State Schleswig-Holstein