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, non-profit foundation that works to ensure a better future for children in cocoa-growing communities. It is a multi-stakeholder partnership advancing the elimination of child labour and forced labour, by uniting the forces of the cocoa and chocolate industry, civil society, farming communities, governments, international organizations and donors.
ICI has been working in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana for 13 years and within that time has helped advance quantified progress in the fight against child labour in cocoa. Its direct actions alone have improved child protection for more than 420,000 children between 2015 and 2020, and its approaches have led to a 20% reduction in child labour in ICI-assisted communities, as well as a 50% reduction in hazardous child labour amongst at-risk children identified by ICI’s monitoring systems.
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 and 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.