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World Day against Child Labour: the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) launches its 2012 Annual Report
Abidjan/Accra/Geneva, 12 June 2013 - On the occasion of World Day against Child Labour, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) launches today its 2012 Annual Report, which highlights progress made in the fight against child labour in cocoa-growing communities in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana over the past year.

The report shows that, through awareness-raising, mobilisation and community action, ICI was able to promote, amongst other things:

  • 324 development actions implemented by the communities themselves
  • 192 development actions supported by local authorities and development actors
  • the construction or rehabilitation of 205 school classrooms leading to improved schooling capacity for 10'050 children
  • the installation of 1’789 new school desks and benches contributing to improved learning conditions for 3’578 children
  • the construction of 40 teachers' houses
The 2012 Annual Report of the International Cocoa Initiative is launched today, 12 June 2013, on the occasion of World Day against Child Labour.

The ICI 2012 Annual Report can be viewed online or downloaded as a pdf.
In 2012, ICI’s activities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana reached more than 800'000 people in 331 cocoa-growing communities. In 2013, ICI aims to expand its work to 160 additional communities.

During the past year, ICI reinforced its presence in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana; supported the governments in these countries in their coordination, prevention and mitigation efforts; provided training on child labour to 141 cocoa-company and government staff members; piloted innovative projects on child labour monitoring and child protection profiling; and started new partnerships with cocoa certifiers.

Three new cocoa companies – Armajaro Trading, R. Twining and Co. Ltd, and Olam – committed to join ICI in 2012. Speaking about these companies specifically, ICI's Executive Director Nick Weatherill declared: "…they play such a pivotal and influential role in the cocoa supply chain, working at the interface between exporting companies and cocoa farmers. The fact that they are not consumer-facing companies, and yet are concerned to improve conditions in cocoa-growing communities, speaks volumes about how far cocoa sustainability has come in recent years, evolving from PR-driven CSR to a core-business preoccupation for many companies. [These companies joining ICI create] abundant opportunities for ICI to multiply its efforts and disseminate its approaches and tools, and so help companies manage the risk of child labour more responsibly and effectively."

Shared responsibility and collective action, at all levels of the cocoa supply chain, is now recognised as the optimum model for delivering positive change and ensuring a safer and brighter future for the children of cocoa farmers everywhere. Joining ICI allows businesses to become more actively involved in the fight against child labour in the cocoa sector, ensuring that their sustainability strategies are in line with best practice and are linked to other stakeholders’ efforts. By working with ICI, civil society organisations also have the opportunity to participate in, and influence, actions that lead to improved conditions for children and adult farmers in cocoa-growing communities.

About the International Cocoa Initiative

Established in 2002, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is a unique partnership between civil society and the chocolate industry, working together in the fight against child labour and forced adult labour in cocoa production. ICI’s community empowerment model has proved effective in bringing about critical change in farming practices.

ICI’s membership is currently composed of 19 companies, contributing partners and civil society organisations:

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is an advisor to the ICI Board.


Contact

Nathalie Perroud
Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Phone: +41 79 192 64 97
E-mail: n.perroud@cocoainitiative.org
Website: www.cocoainitiative.org

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