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Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

The Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy (RSCE) ‘is an initiative for dialogue and sustainability amongst all stakeholders in the cocoa economy.' Members of the RSCE include national members of the ICCO and representatives from industry and civil society.

Members work together to set and implement objectives that are designed to make the cocoa industry sustainable. The objectives are: 

  • To develop clarity of vision with regard to the critical activities required for the world cocoa economy to be considered sustainable
  • To agree on concept, processes, type of activities and indicators required for a more sustainable world cocoa economy
  • To develop appropriate means for validating indicators and procedures for reporting on progress
  • To stimulate the implementation of projects on sustainability
  • To propose funding sources for projects to achieve sustainability
  • To create awareness and publicise the work of the Roundtable (RT)
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The working group, which is responsible for the roundtable's meetings, includes members from: Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Carribbean, as well as representatives from NGOs such as Oxfam International.

Background information: 

The RSCE originated from the International Cocoa Agreement, 2001, that required International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) members to work towards achieving a ‘sustainable world cocoa economy.' The RSCE is hosted and facilitated by ICCO, which is composed of both cocoa exporting and importing countries.

The first roundtable meeting was held in Accra, Ghana, 2007. Here, the Acra Agenda was developed - a document that outlines a number of priority areas for action under the following broad headings, including:

  • Institutional Framework
  • Sustainable Production
  • Sustainable Commercialisation
  • Sustainable Processing and Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Consumption

The second roundtable meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, 2009 built upon the Accra Agenda by indentifying the major issues in implementation and considering solutions. Attendees also further emphaisised enthusiasm and commitment for their mission.  

Funding source: 

ICCO + government sponsors.

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