ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL COCOA INITIATIVE
THE INTERNATIONAL COCOA INITIATIVE (ICI) PROMOTES CHILD PROTECTION IN COCOA-GROWING COMMUNITIES. WE WORK TO ENSURE A BETTER FUTURE FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES.
ICI is a Swiss-based foundation that unites the forces of the cocoa and chocolate industry, civil society, farming communities and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and to advance the elimination of child labour.
Operating in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana since 2007, ICI works with its partners to ensure that cocoa-growing communities are more protective of children and their rights, that the cocoa supply chain manages the risk of child labour responsibly and that knowledge and information are spread in an open and transparent manner. ICI’s multi-stakeholder structure and governance give it independence, integrity and influence. We lead a collective journey towards cocoa sustainability, guided by the principles of shared responsibility, joint learning and aligned, coordinated action.
Since 2007, we have assisted 742 cocoa-growing communities, benefiting nearly 800,000 children. Currently, our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System covers 127 farmers’ groups and coops, targeting over 90,000 cocoa-farming households.
ICI’s vision is of thriving cocoa-growing communities where children’s rights are respected and protected, and where child labour has been eliminated.
ICI works to improve the lives of children in cocoa-growing communities by supporting the acceleration and scale-up of child-centred community development and responsible supply-chain management throughout the cocoa-sector. ICI aims to safeguard child rights and contribute to the elimination of child labour through innovation, through the development, application and promotion of good practices, and through the building of partnerships.
ICI’s 2015-2020 strategy, Putting the Future of Children at the Heart of Cocoa Sustainability, guides the foundation and its stakeholders in the implementation of an improved model for child protection in cocoa communities and the cocoa supply chain. Our strategic objectives are aiming at ensuring that:
- Cocoa-growing communities are more protective of children and their rights
- The cocoa supply-chain manages the risk of child labour responsibly
- Key stakeholders have improved awareness, knowledge, willingness and capacity to take appropriate and effective decisions that strengthen child protection and mitigate child labour in cocoa-growing communities