Our Partners

ICI unites the private sector, civil society, governments and farmers to protect children in cocoa-growing communities.

Board Members

Free the Slaves

Free the Slaves is an international non-governmental organisation, which helps liberate people from slavery—and works to convince governments, international development organizations, and businesses to implement key changes required for global slavery eradication. Free the Slaves engages with local partners to implement effective approaches to ending slavery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Haiti, India and Nepal and Senegal.


General Agricultural Workers' Union of Ghana (GAWU)

The General Agricultural Workers’ Union of Ghana (GAWU) is an agricultural trade union working to protext the interest of workers both wage earners and non wage earners. GAWU is involved in world trade issues, globalization and its effects on rural people, women activities, child labour, HIV AIDS and sustainable development. It is an affiliate of the Trades Union Congress – Ghana and the biggest trade union organizing farmers and agricultural employees in Ghana. GAWU started its activities towards the creation of child labour free zones in Ghana in 2007.

Global March Against Child Labour

The mission of the Global March Against Child Labour is to mobilise worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children, especially the right to receive a free and meaningful education and the right to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development.


IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative

The Sustainable Trade Initiative convenes companies, CSOs, governments and others in public-private partnerships. They strive to drive the joint design, co-funding and prototyping of new economically viable approaches to realise green and inclusive growth at scale in commodity sectors.


Mil Niepold

Mil Niepold is an independent, mediation and human rights expert, specialized in convening multi-stakeholder dialogues around complex social issues. A major focus of her work has been bringing diverse stakeholders including governments, trade unions, civil society organizations and academics together to address critical human development challenges inherent to raw materials supply chains – with a particular emphasis on the role women play. Mil worked for four years with a wide array of stakeholders to help eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labour in the cocoa sector in West Africa. She is a Board Member of ICI since 2014 where she utilises her extensive negotiating experience to help us advance in our mission to promote child protection in cocoa.

Richard Longhurst

Richard Longhurst is a development economist with over thirty five years experience in rural poverty, agriculture, food and nutrition, child health and child labour, mainstreaming human rights and humanitarian programming. He works with both international organizations and academic institutions  generating strong analytical and research skills for policy analysis, realistic approaches to the results agenda, appropriate methods of monitoring and evaluation and translating research findings into policy. Richard joined the ICI Board in April 2015, advising us on research and knowledge management on child labour.

Save the Children Sweden

Save the Children is a child rights organisation that works to ensure that all children have their rights respected. In their work in around 120 countries all over the world they seek to give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.



Solidaridad envisions a world where the people who produce the resources on which we all depend can contribute to change that matters, change that leads to prosperity for all, without harming each other or the environment. Solidaridad is an international network organization with partners all over the world.


WAO Afrique

WAO-Afrique began as the African branch of WAO (World Association for Orphans), a Belgian non-governmental organisation established in 1985. WAO-Afrique became autonomous in 1990 and on August 30 of the same year, signed a draft treaty with the Togolese government. The Secretariat is located in Lomé, Togo.

The main thrust of activities in the period 1990-1996 were social mobilisation, awareness raising, lobbying, the removal of children from exploitative situations as well as their rehabilitation and reintegration. Since 1996, WAO-Afrique has played a co-coordinating role in the sub-region, particularly with regard to actions and initiatives pertaining to child domestic workers.

The impact of WAO-Afrique’s programmes is increasingly being acknowledged on the international stage. The expertise of the Executive Director in tackling exploitative practices and children’s rights violations has led to his appointment to the International Council of the Global Campaign for Education in 1998; election to the Executive Committee for ECPAT International in 2002; and membership to the Consultative Committee of the International Cocoa Initiative. Additionally, he has been invited to present reports on the situation of human rights, particularly children’s rights, in Africa at an international level.


Non-profit Contributing Partner


UTZ Certified is a program and a label for sustainable farming. The UTZ Certified label is featured on more than 10,000 different product packages in over 116 countries. As of 2014, UTZ Certified is the largest program for sustainable farming of coffee and cocoa in the world. The UTZ Certified program covers good agricultural practices, farm management and the environment.