GISCO regularly evaluates the results of its work. The evaluation is based on GISCO's objectives, measured against the three sustainability goals, as well as the strategic objectives.
objectives. Both are evaluated on the basis of defined indicators. GISCO produces a monitoring report for each business year. Here we present a summary of the key figures for the 2020 fiscal year.
Selected key figures of the fiscal year 2020
83 % is the share of certified cocoa according to sustainability standards in sweets and confectionery produced by GISCO members in Germany in 2020. (2019: 74 %; 2018: 65 %; 2017: 60 %; 2016: 57 %; 2015: 49 %)
Total market share of certified cocoa according to sustainability standards: 77%. (2019: 72%)
Strategic objectives (selection)
78 members in 2021
By member groups:
(A) Public sector: 1
(B) Cocoa, chocolate and confectionery industry: 45
(C) Grocery retail: 7
(D) Civil society: 19
plus supporting members: 4 (+2)
GISCO members are currently implementing 125 projects
for the promotion of sustainability in the
cocoa sector in
42 producing countries.
In 2020, the national platforms on sustainable cocoa in Europe (GISCO in Germany, Beyond Chocolate in Belgium, DISCO in the Netherlands and SWISSCO in Switzerland) agreed upon a Memorandum Of Understanding, to facilitate increased collaboration. One of the MoU's cornerstones is the harmonization of monitoring frameworks. A set of Common Indicators, covering GISCO`s targeted indicators, and a joint online monitoring tool have been developed, especially to facilitate reporting by members who are part of multiple platforms.
The European platforms employ a “work in progress” approach. Within this framework, the monitoring system is to be continuously improved and adapted. The annual reporting by members will also be complemented in the future with sector and country specific impact studies.
A first pilot version of the common online tool was tested between mid-December 2020 and mid-February 2021. Subsequently, the tool was improved, based on members’ feedback, before conducting the first joint monitoring round, for 2020 data collection from members of GISCO and Beyond Chocolate, between April 2021 and mid-June 2021. The results are presented in this GISCO monitoring report 2020.