At the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI), we know that you care about how your personal information is used and shared, and that is why we are committed to respecting your privacy and helping protect the security of your information. The purpose of this cookie statement (“Statement”) is to help you better understand how and why we gather, store and process information collected from you automatically through cookies and other tracking technologies (collectively, “cookies”) when you use ICI’s website.

In this Statement, we also identify your options regarding the use of cookies and the information collected through cookies.

Visiting or using our website with your browser settings adjusted to accept cookies tells us that you consent to our use of cookies and other technologies as described in this notice. Should you have any questions regarding our cookie statement do not hesitate to contact us.

What does this statement apply to?
This Statement covers the collection and use of personal information by the International Cocoa Initiative when a visitor or a user browses ICI’s website. This includes all related pages, any subscription-based features or services offered by the International Cocoa Initiative via our website as well as the use of any of the website’s related features. This Statement does not apply to any third-party site that may be linked to our Site.

In the statement visitors of our public websites are referred to as visitors (“visitors”) and users of our subscription-based services are referred to as users (“users”).

What are Cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information that are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are sent back to the website at each subsequent visit or to any other website that recognizes them. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s or visitor’s device.

Cookies perform lots of different jobs such as: allow you to navigate between pages efficiently, remember your preferences and generally improve your experience. Due to their core role of enhancing or enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of this website. The categories of cookies used on this website are listed below.

Why we collect information
Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to deliver a smooth, efficient and personalized experience when using our website. This allows us to provide you with the information and features that are most likely to meet your needs.

We automatically track certain information about you, based upon your behaviour on our website. We use this information to conduct internal research on our user and visitor demographics, interests and behaviours.

The information we collect from you and about you is used as follows:

  • To ensure that content from our website is presented as optimally as possible for you, your computer and your web browser
  • To measure and improve the website’s performance and usability, its contents, services and features as well as to personalize your overall experience
  • To send you information based on your relationship with us and respond to your inquiries.

The information we collect about you
We may collect, process and use the following information about you:

  • Details of your visits to our website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, search activities as well as the page, content, software or resources that you access.
  • Your IP address, web addresses of the sites you arrive from and go to next and information about your connection, including your device’s browser, operating system, platform type and Internet connection speed. We use this information for operational and performance measurement purposes of the website.
  • Your history of correspondence with us.

Information generated and collected automatically
We use web analytics tools to automatically store Site usage information, such as the origin, numbers and frequency of visitors to our website and how they use its contents and components. This data is only used in the analytics tool aggregate and helps us figure out how to provide an optimal experience to as many visitors as possible.

Types of cookies used on this website
This site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Statistics and Third party cookies

Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

  1. This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.Google analytics, For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
  2. Google recaptcha, collects personal information from users to make this determination of whether they’re human and not a bot.

Social Buttons
On many of the pages of our Site, you will see “social buttons”. These enable visitors to share or bookmark web pages or access ICI’s content on these social media. These buttons include Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. By clicking on any of these buttons, the sites will register your action and may use that information.

To implement these buttons and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, scripts from domains outside of the International Cocoa Initiative must be used. You should be aware that when you are logged-in to the services of these sites (e.g., Facebook), they are likely to be collecting information about your browsing habits, including when on the ICI’s website, even if you do not click on a social button. Read the respective policies of each of these sites to see how they use your information and how to opt-out or delete such information.

What can you do to control cookies collected on this website
If you disagree with the use of cookies, there are some options are available to help you anonymously visit websites, including the possibility to set your web browser to block all cookies or to initiate an anonymous browsing session.

  • You can delete cookies after having visited the Site
  • You can browse the Site using your browser’s anonymous usage setting (called “Incognito” in Chrome, “InPrivate” in Internet Explorer, “Private Browsing” in Firefox and Safari)
  • You can set your browser’s security controls so that all or certain cookies are blocked

How can your web browser control cookies
Currently, our website only loads necessary cookies and only allows third-party cookies to be loaded when users allow cookies. You have various means in which to control cookies. All major browsers provide security controls for cookies. In general, they allow users and visitors to block all cookies, or block specific or third-party cookies. You may also activate the settings on your browser that allow you to refuse cookies. Unless you set your browser to refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log-on to our site.

The “help” portion of the toolbar in most browsers will provide information on how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to tell the browser to inform you when you receive a new cookie or how to disable cookies altogether.

We strongly recommend that you accept cookies because cookies enable you to take advantage of some of our website’s features.

Conditions of use
If you decide to visit the ICI’s website, your visit and any possible dispute over privacy are subject to this Cookie Statement.

How to contact us for more information
We welcome all comments regarding this Statement. If you have questions related to our use of cookies or our Cookie Statement or believe that we have not adhered to it, please contact us by sending an e-mail to

Changes to the Statement
We may change this Statement from time to time due to changed or updated legislation and/or business standards. All changes to this Statement are posted on this page and we encourage you to review it regularly to stay informed.