ICI unites the private sector, civil society, governments and farmers to protect children in cocoa-growing communities.
Barry Callebaut is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products. Barry Callebaut is the global leader in chocolate and cocoa innovations and provides a comprehensive range of services in the fields of product development, processing, training and marketing.
Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, Cargill helps people thrive by applying our insights and 150 years of experience. Cargill has 143,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.
Ecom Agroindustrial Corp. Ltd is a global commodity trading and processing company specializing in coffee, cotton, and cocoa in major producing and consuming countries, with ancillary agricultural operations in oilseeds. Ecom is one of the world’s top three merchants in coffee, one of the largest coffee millers in the world, and among the top five merchants in both cotton and cocoa.
The Ferrero Group is an Italian manifacturer of branded chocolate and confectionery products and it is the biggest chocolate producer in the world. Their products are distributed in more than 160 countries belonging to the entire international community.
The Hershey Company is the leading North American manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery and chocolate-related grocery products. The company also is a leader in the gum and mint category.
For The Hershey Company, sustainability is part of an ongoing and expanding commitment to corporate social responsibility deeply rooted in its heritage since Milton Hershey founded the company. For more than 50 years, Hershey has been a major buyer of West African cocoa beans, primarily Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. During that period, Hershey has helped family cocoa farmers and communities develop more productive agriculture practices, build educational and community resources, and improve labor practices. Hershey is currently focusing its initiatives in West Africa – Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – because cocoa farmers there have the greatest need to improve their farms and raise living standards for themselves and their families.
Mars is an American global manufacturer of confectionery and other goods, known for brands such as Mars bars, Milky Way bars, M&M’s, Snickers and Twix. Mars’ sustainability programme focuses on cocoa farmers and on increasing their productivity. The company has pledged to certify 100% of its cocoa as sustainably produced by 2020. Mars partners with certification organisations such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ Certified.
Mondelez International, Inc. is a global confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, with pro forma 2014 revenue of more than $30 billion. A world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy, and powdered beverages, it houses brands such as Oreo, LU, Nabisco, Cadbury, Milka, Trident, and Tang powdered beverages.
Cocoa Life is a holistic, verified program created by Mondelez International and partners. It aims to create thriving cocoa communities and a secure business future for everyone. Mondelez International’s ultimate goal is to sustainably source all the company’s cocoa supply, mainly via Cocoa Life. Addressing child labour belongs to the goals of Cocoa Life, and in order to achieve this objective, Mondelez has partnered up with ICI.
In the context of Cocoa Life, CARE International started a 3 years project in 2013 in the Daloa region, where ICI is a partner on child labour prevention activities. The partnership agreement is focused on awareness-raising and community mobilisation activities carried out by ICI in the 11 communities covered by the project in the Haut-Sassandra district (Sassandra-Marahoue region). ICI is also delivering training sessions on child labour and ways to tackle the problem effectively to the different actors involved in the project.
Nestlé is a Swiss multinational food and beverage company. It is the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company with over 2,000 brands worldwide. Together with Nestlé, ICI has developed and implemented the Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System CLMRS.
One of the world’s largest suppliers of food and industrial raw materials, Olam International has recently announced that it has agreed to acquire ADM’s cocoa business, making Olam Cocoa one of the world’s top three cocoa processors.
As a member since 2013, Olam supports ICI’s core programme of promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, providing sustainable solutions to social challenges in the cocoa sector, specifically centred on tackling child labour.
Olam and ICI also collaborate in the framework of the ICI-Nestlé Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System, which is designed to create an environment where child labour is understood as a serious issue, and is identified and addressed throughout the supply-chain. Olam is also working with the Fair Labor Association to improve labour standards, having become an Affiliate Member in 2013.
Touton S.A is a commodity trading company based in Bordeaux, France. The company has been trading cocoa, coffee, cereals, oilseeds and other raw materials such as spices and ingredients for almost 150 years. With around 250 000 tons of cocoa traded every year, Touton S.A. is one of the biggest cocoa traders in the world. Thanks to representation offices in all producer countries and a large team of traders, Touton relies on a very efficient network to trade cocoa of all origins and qualities.
Choc affair is a family run chocolate manufacturer in the UK, making an innovative range of chocolate for retailers throughout the UK. Next to chocolate production, Choc affair focuses on the culture of creating positive change through the building of strong relationships and through education and empowerment. The brand works in 3 key areas: Directly financially supporting a cooperative in Colombia, a charity it operates in Uganda for the education of vulnerable children, and its employment of probation service users within their local community. Choc affair’s aim, by becoming a contributing member of ICI, is to be part of the solution to key issues affecting cocoa growing communities.
The Guittard Chocolate Company is an American-based chocolate maker based in Burlingame, California. Founded in San Francisco in 1868, it is the oldest continuously family-owned chocolate company in the U.S. Guittard produces couverture chocolate based on traditional French methods. Guittard Chocolate Company is a founding member of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), a public-private member group of stakeholders in cocoa. Through WCF, Guittard is a funding partner with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others of the Cocoa Livelihoods Program (CLP) in West Africa that delivers essential support to insure quality of life for farmers through sustainable cocoa growing. Guittard is a funding partner with USAID and others in Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Education Solutions, the ECHOES program, also in West Africa.
Guittard sources cocoa beans that are Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Idilia Foods is a Spanish multinational focused on supplying high-quality products for breakfast and afternoon snack for all the family. Their brands include ColaCao, nocilla, Paladin, mesura and Okey.
Marks & Spencer
Marks and Spencer (also known as M&S) is a major British multinational retailer headquartered in London. It specialises in the selling of clothing, home products and luxury food products.
Natra is a manufacturer of cocoa derivatives and chocolate products, with a specialized approach to the distribution brand and other food companies in over 60 countries of the five continents. Natra’s products are present in the largest retailers worldwide, to whom Natra provides one of the most extensive product catalogues in the chocolate industry as well as constant commitment in innovation and research of new recipes, packaging and tailor-made solutions. Natra is quoted on the Spanish Stock Exchange.
On 1st January 2013, Twinings Ovo, the makers of Ovatine joined the International Cocoa Initiative. Twinings is working to ensure that their goods and ingredients are produced sustainably and to improve the conditions for workers within their supply chain. Twinings has hundreds of suppliers in more than 50 countries and aim to ensure that people within their supply chain have decent working conditions. Their own Code of Conduct is based on the main conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Base Code of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). It contains, among others, the principle of no child labour.
Toms is the largest chocolate and confectionary manufacturer in Denmark. Their vision is to be the leading Nordic supplier of confectionery – with an international focus. Toms International produces chocolate, liquorice and sugar confectionery in Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Toms employs 1,200 – 1,700 employees depending on season and annually produces 50,000 tons of chocolate and sugar confectionery.
Tony’s Chocolonely is a Dutch chocolate maker. Founded by the journalist Teun van de Keuken, the brand is inspired to produce ‘100% slave free chocolate’. The brand goes public in 2006, but is confronted with a lawsuit by Bellissimo, a Swiss chocolate producer, claiming that “slave-free chocolate is impossible to produce”. The court rules in the favour of Tony’s Chocolonely. Nevertheless, the brand changes its claim to ‘on the road to 100% slave-free chocolate’ to “underscore our ambition to make not just our own, but all the world’s chocolate slave-free”.
In 2008 the company established the Chocolonely Foundation, created to support cocoa farming communities. The Foundation is financed in part by Tony’s Chocolonely profits. With financial backing from Oxfam Novib, they launch a research project called ‘Tony’s in Africa’ in 2009. The project’s aim is to improve the Fair Trade chain so that farmers profit more greatly from it. In 2013, Tony’s Chocolonely introduces its first Bean to Bar chocolate bar, made from fully traceable cocoa beans in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
Zuma is a brand for hot chocolate powders, chais, frappés and toppings, owned by Beyond the Bean (BTB). Founded in 1997, BTB is specialized in developing products for the café bar and foodservice industries, exporting to over 50 countries.