Geographic scope: Global
Initiated in 2000
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) promotes global sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing support to cocoa farmers to grow more quality cocoa and to strengthen their communities. The platforms presence is global, but has a specific focus on Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas.
International multinationals (many from the chocolate and food retailer industries), international donors and agencies (including development agencies), government ministries and departments, civil society, NGO members (including the World Wildlife Fund, TechnoServe, and World Education), international food labs, and academic research members
Low productivity in the cocoa value chain
The platform was designed to respond to the lack of low productivity in the cocoa value chain, the lack of access to market information, the high rate of pest and diseases, soil degradation, and the lack of basic education among farmers on topic ranging from labor practices to business decisions. The platform enables these issues to be tackled by combining local and global operations and shared benefits of the platform.
Intentions and aspiration
To produce a sustainable supply of quality cocoa for growers and users
The platform targets cocoa farmers and intends to share the benefits throughout the cocoa supply chain. The platforms goal is to produce a sustainable supply of quality cocoa for growers and users, benefiting them both. Moreover, the platforms goal is to empower farmers to make choices that develop stronger cocoa communities. The final goal of the WCF is to promote sustainable production practices in order to increase biodiversity and crop diversification. The platform aims to achieve these goals through its approach of combining local and global operations. The WCF builds partnerships with cocoa farmers governments and environmental organizations; moreover, they work with international donors on support programs, apply demand-led research that improves crop yield and quality, and support training and education aimed at improving the well being of cocoa farmers.
Arrangements and capacitities
The WCF is governed by a board of directors consisting of 12 members, many of whom are representatives of the private sector. Moreover, there is a technical working committee of nine members, who also are representatives of the private sector. Members of the platform are communicated with at membership assembly meetings, as well as through bimonthly electronic newsletters.
Activities and outputs
Membership of the WCF provides global recognition through the use of the companys logo, the opportunity to network with other WCF members in all aspects of the supply chain, engagement with the platforms global network of cocoa sustainability experts and practitioners, and the ability to attend WCF Membership Assembly Meetings and to participate in member-based committees (such as the steering committee meetings for the platforms flagship program in West Africa). The platform also allows members to leverage company resources by joining other members and development agencies to achieve the platforms goals, to use the platforms professional staff resources to address issues regarding communications and media related to cocoa sustainability, and to receive bimonthly electronic newsletters.
Monitoring and evaluation
The WCF has developed CocoaMAP (Cocoa Measurement and Progress), which enables the platform to gain a greater understanding of the indicators of cocoa sustainability. CocoaMAP also assists member companies to develop a new commitment to measuring cocoa sustainability, which has now been integrated into the CocoaAction Strategy. On this basis, Key Performance Indicators are still under development; these aim to help inform and promote sustainability on the farm level. Moreover, in order to support CocoaAction, the platform is developing resources and tools that help improve information on sustainability performance throughout the value chain. These include the CocoaAction KPIs, the WCF Farm Information Toolkit (FIT), and the CocoaMAP online KPI Dashboard.