On Friday 23rd of November at the closing ceremony of the first World Cocoa Conference which took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, CAOBISCO joined cocoa producing country governments, cocoa and chocolate companies and other International and European organisations in signing the Abidjan Declaration.
CAOBISCO and its members are determined to play their role in addressing the challenges faced by the cocoa supply chain and signing the declaration demonstrates the industry’s commitment to work with supply chain partners towards a sustainable world cocoa economy.
The World Cocoa conference, held from 19-23 November 2012 was co-organised by the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and the International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO). The conference gathered all stakeholders of the cocoa and chocolate supply chain and provided a global forum to discuss the key issues facing cocoa production and consumption.
Mr. Patrick Poirrier, Vice President of CAOBISCO and CEO of Groupe CEMOI presented CAOBISCO’s role in the development of sustainable Cocoa and Chocolate production and consumption at the conference. His presentation focused on CAOBISCO and its members commitment to working to create better and more effective collaboration and partnership in the cocoa supply chain. He highlighted key areas such as cocoa research, productivity and quality. He also provided the CAOBISCO position on the ISO CEN project to create a standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa. He encouraged other stakeholders, especially those in cocoa producing countries to work together in creating a strong standard that would reduce confusion especially at farm level, and help to make sustainable cocoa mainstream.