Sustainability

What exactly is the role that retailers should play in ensuring the sustainability of cocoa? Was one of the questions asked at the WCF meeting in Berlin. Pic: GettyImages

WCF Partnership Meeting 2019

Can retailers play a role in ending cocoa-related deforestation?

By Anthony Myers

The newly-formed Retailer Cocoa Collaboration strongly supports CFI and the Frameworks for Action as a landmark multi-stakeholder initiative for protecting and restoring forests in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia and other areas. 'Retailers as drivers...

Tim McCoy from the WCF talks with Joseph Boahen Aidoo (Ghana Cocoa Board) and Yves Brahima Koné (Le Conseil du Café Cacao) about the Abidjan Declaration. Pic: WCF

WCF Partnership Meeting 2019

Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire drop threat of cocoa sustainability ban

By Anthony Myers

Two countries say they ‘reaffirm commitment to eradicating child labor and deforestation in cocoa and will collaborate with all stakeholders to promote and sustain the cocoa industry,’ after meeting with execs at WCF Partnership Meeting in Berlin.

'We're trying to get that data that doesn't exist into the cloud through whatever means necessary,' said Sourcemap founder Leonardo Bonanni. Pic; GettyImages

WCF Partnership Meeting 2019

Is blockchain the answer for sustainability in the cocoa sector?

By Anthony Myers

In light of the The Washington Post article this week that found ‘alarming’ problems with Utz’s auditing processes, a timely session at the WCF Partnership Meeting on blockchain looks at how it can help with supply chain certification – but is the industry...

Ethical Dutch brand Tony’s Chocolonely backs cocoa growers in their demands for a living income to farmers. Pic: ConfectioneryNews

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Tony’s Chocolonely backs cocoa growers in row with chocolate makers

By Anthony Myers

Following our article on 14 October stating that Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire have announced that they are frustrated with the slow uptake from makers to pay a living income to its farmers, ethical Dutch chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely said it agrees with...

Dr José Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Malta, joined Muscat at the ECMA Congress. Photo: ECMA.

ECMA Congress 2019

Malta PM: ‘We were more prepared for the Millennium Bug than Brexit’

By Jenny Eagle

‘Your guess is as good as mine on Brexit’, said Joseph Muscat, the Prime Minster of Malta, at the opening of the ECMA Congress 2019 last week (September 19-20), ‘But what is obvious, is during the next few days there needs to be a meaningful engagement’.

How Uncommon Cacao is disrupting the global cocoa market - listen

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How Uncommon Cacao is disrupting the global cocoa market - listen

By Anthony Myers

Emily Stone, co-founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, joins us in the CN podcast studio to discuss the organization’s recently released Transparency Report and to explain how it is disrupting the cocoa supply chain in the wake of ongoing industry challenges...

Mars Wrigley has spotlighted its Cocoa & Women for Change program as part of the equality initiative. Pic: GettyImages

Sustainability

Mars Wrigley signs onto $1bn G7 plan to fight inequality

By Kristine Sherred

As one of 34 global companies in the coalition, the candy and pet food giant will advance its existing sustainability platform through a focus on healthy ecosystems and human rights.

From bean to market: Signup for our free webinar on 'Cocoa sustainability: Selling ethical chocolate online with SDG impact'. Pic: Lewis Rattray

Webinar

Live webinar: How to market ethical chocolate in a growing ecommerce space

By Anthony Myers

CN’s next free webinar, ‘Cocoa sustainability: Selling ethical chocolate online with SDG impact’, takes place on September 12, with guest speakers including: Cathy Pieters, Director of Cocoa Life, Mondelēz International; Ewa Hudson, Director of Insights,...

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Sustainability

100% Traceable: Olam’s tech links producers and farmers through data

By Kristine Sherred

The cocoa and spice supplier unveiled sustainability goals in 2017 with a 2020 goal of nurturing a ‘fully traceable’ cocoa supply chain. We discussed progress with Olam's North American innovation lead, when we caught up with him at IFT.