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Cocoa News

2020-06-30 15:11:23
German initiative on sustainable cocoa joins with key groups to support African farmers

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - Three key groups including the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) and the Belgian platform Beyond Chocolate have united to deliver on supporting key communities in the cocoa supply chain. Read More

2020-06-22 12:18:53
Hershey talks sustainability goals: 'the challenge is the enormity of the work in front of us'

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Chocolate and confectionery make The Hershey Company reached a milestone in its CSR strategy in January when 100% of the cocoa it sources was certified sustainable. FoodNavigator speaks to the company's director of global sustainability and social impact Jeff Kind about progress to date and the road ahead.   Read More

2020-06-10 08:20:56
Ghana to mark AU day of African Child to end injustices

GHANA WEB - Ghana, through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGSCP) and stakeholders, will commerate AU Day of the African Child on from June 10 to create nationwide awareness on child-friendly justice in the country. Read More

2020-06-10 06:52:46
Hershey releases latest sustainability report focusing on support for its entire supply chains

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - The US-headquartered Hershey Company has released its 2019 Sustainability Report, revealing progress on key areas including its responsible cocoa sourcing scheme and supply chain improvements to support African producing nations. Neill Barston reports Read More

2020-06-08 08:17:10
Interview: Jeff King on how Hershey's Cocoa for Good program is making a difference in farmers' lives

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - Jeff King, Hershey's senior director of global sustainability and social impact, is the person responsible for the company's Cocoa for Good sustainability program, which has committed to 100% direct-sourced cocoa in West Africa by 2025. He talks to Confectionery News about the company's achievements so far and wider issues affecting the cocoa sector. Read More

2020-06-05 08:17:36
Rainforest Alliance launches new certification seal and announces progress in cocoa sector on sustainability

CONFECTIONERY NEWS - New findings that have aided the development of the new 2020 Rainforest Alliance certification program to be published later this month, it announced. Read More

2020-06-04 07:50:24
World Cocoa Foundation confirms event switches to online format

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - The World Cocoa Foundation has confirmed it is to hold its annual partnership meeting online rather than the physical event planned in Colombia this November, amid ongoing concerns surrounding coronavirus. Read More

2020-06-03 08:55:24
Cocoa industry appears to make small improvements in tree loss

BLOOMBERG GREEN - Last year was the third-worst this century for tropical tree-loss according to new data released Tuesday by Global Forest Watch, an online platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests. There is, however, a sliver of good news: The world’s most important cocoa-producing countries, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, showed signs of progress, halving the damage of the prior year. Read More

2020-06-02 13:30:04
Coronavirus pandemic may increase child labour, but a path to child-labour free cocoa exists

CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTION - Child labour within the cocoa sector remains a key matter for the confectionery sector, with around 2 million children in Ghana and Ivory Coast alone said to be in some form of labour, despite the sector’s efforts to respond on the issue. In this guest blog Kunera Moore, Lead – tackling child labor at the Rainforest Alliance, offers some hope on this major issue. Read More

2020-05-28 06:46:40
Hershey Doubling Down on Commitment to Ethical Cocoa Supply Chain

GLOBAL NEWS WIRE - The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) today announced an expansion of its Cocoa For Good program, committing to 100% direct-sourced cocoa in high-risk areas by 2025, which will include all of its cocoa sourced by its suppliers from Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. This expanded commitment will make Hershey’s cocoa from these countries traceable from the farm to the first point of purchase, giving Hershey a clear line of sight into where all of its cocoa from West Africa is grown and how it is produced – providing more transparency for consumers and all stakeholders. Read More

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