September 23rd, 2015

CocoaAction is the aligned strategy of eleven of the largest cocoa and chocolate companies to work towards a truly sustainable cocoa sector. Productivity and community development interventions have been agreed upon by ADM, Barry Callebaut, Blommer, Cargill, ECOM Agrotrade Limited, Ferrero, The Hershey Company, Mars Incorporated, Mondelēz International, Nestlé and Olam, targeting smallholder farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Together, these West African countries are responsible for more than 55% of the world cocoa supply.

With CocoaAction, the industry has aligned around a clear sustainability strategy, including shared metrics and common principles with which member companies will comply. The industry is now seeking to align its agenda with other stakeholders such as governments, NGOs and the Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS). Alignment with the agenda and standards of the existent VSS as well as with the upcoming CEN/ISO standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa is one area in which the World Cocoa Foundation, the coordinator of CocoaAction, is active. NewForesight assists in this, and last week consultant Sharon Hesp travelled to Copenhagen to participate in a meeting from the CEN/ISO working group on Conformity Assessment to bring in some of CocoaAction’s thinking.

The CEN/ISO standard on sustainable and traceable cocoa is currently being written. In March 2016 a complete draft of the standard will be reviewed by all countries involved. Publication is expected in 2017.

More info on the website of the World Cocoa Foundation