Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa

The Swiss Platform for Sustianable Cocoa brings together actors from the cocoa and chocolate industry, the public sector, non-governmental organisations, and research institutes. The members of the Cocoa Platform actively engage to promote sustainability in the cocoa value chain.

The Platform was founded in 2016. On January 23, 2018 the association was officially launched.

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa and the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 19, 2018. The MoU aims to a closer co-operation of both initiatives.

See more about the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa here.  

Le Conseil du Café-Cacao (CCC)

“Le Conseil du Café-Cacao“ (CCC) was founded in Côte d’Ivoire in 2012. The task of CCC is to maintain Côte d‘Ivoire’s position as the leading cocoa producer, to promote good governance and transparency in the cocoa sector, to improve cocoa productivity, to guarantee minimum prices for the cocoa farmers as well as to increase the processing and consumption of cocoa in the country. The CCC has developed the 2QC strategy (Quantité, Qualité & Croissance) and hosts the meetings of the Platform of Public and Private Partnership (PPPP).

The PPPP has about 75 members from the public and private sector, among them farmers and development partners.

See here for further information on CCC.

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa and the CCC are closely linked to each other due to the project PRO-PLANTEURS. It is a joint project of GISCO, the German government and the Ivorian government, represented by CCC.

International Cocoa Organization (ICCO)

The International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) is a global organization, composed of both cocoa producing and cocoa consuming member countries. It was established in 1973 to put into effect the first International Cocoa Agreement, which had been negotiated in Geneva at a United Nations International Cocoa Conference. There have been several agreements; the Seventh International Cocoa Agreement, negotiated in 2010, is currently in force.

The International Cocoa Organization relocated its London headquarters to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in April 2017. Since Ocotober, 1 2018 Michel Arrion is the new Executive Director of ICCO.

Every two years, ICCO hosts the World Cocoa Conference. The latest edition took place in Germany in 2018.

See here for further information on ICCO.

The German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa is represented in the "Consultative Board on the World Economy" of ICCO.



World Cocoa Foundation (WCF)

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) was founded in 2000. It is a non-profit organisation based in Washington D.C. (USA). It is an international membership organization with more than 100 companies and organizations along the cocoa value chain. The WCF members aim at a sustainable and thriving cocoa sector. Their guiding principle is “People, profit, planet”. The project CocoaAction was initiated in 2014.

See here for further information on WCF.

The exchange between the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa and the World Cocoa Foundation takes place bilaterally on a regular basis and in the context of events. Among others, WCF representatives were guests at the GISCO Annual General Meeting 2017.