Patricia Sylvie Yao, CNS
Executive Secretary of the National Oversight Committee for Actions against Trafficking, Exploitation and Child Labour (CNS), Côte d’Ivoire
For us, the International Cocoa Initiative remains an indispensable and very active partner. ICI’s activities touch on a wide range of aspects of the life of the communities in which the organisation operates. We observe the effectiveness of ICI’s presence on the ground, for example through community facilitators that live in the communities. We have an agreement with ICI, which allows us not only to pool our efforts but also to monitor and coordinate our activities more closely in order to achieve a set of objectives defined in the National Action Plan 2015 -2017 for the Elimination of Child Labour (NAP). This agreement is an example of good practice that should be welcomed and reinforced.
Free the Slaves has been one of the Founding Board Members of ICI, and we are a proud of our collaboration so far.
It is possible to have cocoa communities free of child labour and we have to work towards this objective.
Mondelēz International, as a leader in the chocolate industry and a founding member of the International Cocoa Initiative, c...