GISCO's members have set themselves the goal of demanding compliance with human rights (implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) and environmentally relevant aspects from all actors in the cocoa supply chain. The guide now published by the SÜDWIND Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene takes up an important core element of the implementation of the due diligence obligations. It is intended to support small and medium-sized enterprises in carrying out risk analyses for the cocoa-growing countries with which they work.
The publication guides - illustrated by an additional flowchart - in detail through the seven steps companies can use to conduct the risk analysis. It also includes background information and analysis for the main cocoa-producing countries of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Liberia, Togo, Sierra Leone and Bolivia.
The guide was intensively discussed with the members of the working group "Human Rights Due Diligence" of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa. Furthermore, the Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights supported the entire process of developing this publication.