Grey Literature 3 July 2019

Empty promises: The failure of voluntary corporate social responsibility initiatives to improve farmer incomes in the Ivorian cocoa sector

This report, by the Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL) assesses the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility efforts in the cocoa industry in Cote d’Ivoire. It argues for an increase in the price companies pay for cocoa as part of a wider push for sustainability.

It findings include four main obstacles to progress: Unliveable incomes, reliance on CSR over responsible business conduct, superficial analysis of root causes and a lack of involvement of farmers, farmer groups and civil society. Interviews with farmers, tribal leaders, cocoa cooperatives and local and international NGOs form the basis of the findings.

Read the report here.

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