News 21 August 2019

ICI PARTICIPATES IN YEAR OF RETURN LABOUR SUMMIT

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) participated in a panel discussion on international supply chain and labor response. This took place on Tuesday 21st August 2019 at one of the conference rooms of the Kofi Annan ICT Center in Accra.

The summit was organised by Trade Union Congress (TUC) as part of the Year of Return, Ghana 2019 project. This summit was carried out with support from labour and civil rights groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), American Federation of Teachers, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and the Solidarity Center.

The discussion focused on the impact of international supply chains and how it impacts workers such as cocoa farmers in Ghana and auto workers in Mississippi. ICI was represented on the panel by the Country Director of the Ghana office, Mike Arthur.

The three other organisations and individuals who were on the panel were General and Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), the former lead organizer of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and a Civil Right and Community Organiser from Mississippi. The discussion was moderated by Wendy Blanpied, a former Board member of ICI.

Some of the issues which came out during the discussion were the need for fair pricing to ensure better standard of living for all workers including cocoa farmers and their families and the call for joint effort to promote fair pricing and producer rights across the globe.

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