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 within a dignified, sustainable and responsibly managed cocoa supply chain, where child rights and human rights are protected and respected, and where child labour and forced labour have been eliminated.
ICI works together with its partners to improve the lives of children and adults at risk of child labour or forced labour in cocoa-growing communities. ICI innovates, catalyses and supports the development, implementation and scale-up of effective policies and practices that promote child rights and that prevent or remediate child labour and forced labour.
ICI’s 2021-2026 strategy lays out a vision to support cocoa communities to thrive through the advancement of children’s and workers’ rights. ICI’s new approach aims to catalyse the scale-up of prevention and remediation systems to reach all children and adults at risk of child or forced labour. Our strategic objectives aim to contribute to the creation of three key pillars that are essential to achieving this goal:
- Responsible supply chains built on systems and services that responsibly and transparently prevent and remediate child labour and forced labour across the entire cocoa supply chain.
- A supportive enabling environment with local, national and international policies and laws, that inspire, motivate and obligate progress, from human rights due diligence legislation in cocoa-consuming countries, to policies that continue to advance access to quality education and social protection in cocoa-producing countries.
- Coordinated approaches to support collaboration, alignment and accountability across the cocoa and chocolate industry, civil society, governments, and donors to maximise their collective impact.