ICCO International Workshop on Cocoa Certification

Hotel Sawa, Douala, Cameroon

24-27 June 2013

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For the complete report on the Workshop, click here to go to the download page

For background information on the Workshop, click here

To see the biographies of the presenters at the Workshop, click here

March 2014: Follow-up Direct Dialogue on Certification takes place in Zurich

Programme

MONDAY 24 JUNE

11.00

Registration

12.30 Lunch

14.00

Opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches

  • Opening remarks by Mr. Michael Ndoping, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Director General of ONCC / Chairman of ICCO Council
  • Address by Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director of ICCO
  • Keynote address and Official Opening: Secretary General of the Ministry of Commerce Mr. Haman Oumar, on behalf of H.E. Mr. Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana, Minister of Commerce, Cameroon

15.00

Cocoa Break / Press Conference

 

 

16.00

 

 

Presentation of the United Nations Forum on Sustainable Standards (UNFSS) and its objectives, planned activities

Introduction: Perspectives, experience and view of Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)

17.00 End of session

 

TUESDAY 25 JUNE

08.30

Cocoa certification: A development opportunity or a barrier to trade?


Moderator: Mr. Edem Amegashie-Duvon, Deputy Marketing Manager, Cocoa Marketing Company Ltd, Ghana Cocoa Board

Costs, Advantages and Disadvantages of Cocoa Certification

Impact of cocoa certification on farmers (Preliminary results of study in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire)

09.30

Comparative Study on certification schemes

Taking Stock of the current research on the impact of voluntary sustainability standards

10.30 Panel discussion
11.00 Cocoa Break

11.30

Perspective of the Certification Agencies

What exactly is certification? How does it work?
Moderator: Mr. André Yao, Cocoa producer, Talents

ISEAL Alliance (ISEAL): its overarching role in establishing guidelines/codes for standard-setting taking into account issues and concerns of relevant stakeholders 

Presentations by cocoa certification agencies:

Each of the main cocoa certification agencies will provide a comprehensive presentation on their system; its characteristics, implementation, costs of subscription and audit/inspection, premium paid, etc.

13.00

Lunch

14.00

15.00

Panel Discussion

16.00

Cocoa break

16.30

Perspective of Farmers and Cooperatives

What is their practical experience of certification? Are current initiatives adequately addressing farmers’ needs? What are their main challenges and concerns about certification? How can relevant stakeholders work together to make certification a mutually rewarding activity?
Moderator: Mr. Michiel Hendriksz, Director Sustainability, ADM International Sarl, Cocoa Division

  • Mr. Jaime Freire, Advisor to the Ecuadorian Coordinating Association of Fine Cocoa Producers (ACEPROCACAO), Ecuador
  • Mr. André Yao, Director General, Talents, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Ms. Caitlin Peeling on behalf of Mr. Jaime Gomez, CONACADO, Dominican Republic
  • Mr. David Aidoo, cocoa farmer from Western Region, Ghana
  • Mr. Otomo Marcellin, President, GIC 5 C, OBALA, Cameroon
  • Mr. Enyeque Barthelemy, Socamak, Cameroon

17.30

Panel Discussion

17.30

End of session

 

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE

08.30

Perspective of civil society

How does civil society see certification; what role can civil society play in these initiatives?
Moderator: Mr. David Preece, Cocoa Sustainability, Global Commodities and Strategic Sourcing, Mondelēz International

Questions and Answers

09.30

Perspective of the cocoa trade and chocolate industry

What are their expectations of cocoa certification? What is their perception of its progress so far, its challenges and opportunities? How can the industry work with other relevant stakeholders to achieve success?

Moderator: Mr. Yapo Assamoi Robert, Directeur de la Durabilité de la prospective et des projets, Conseil du Café-Cacao, Côte d’Ivoire

  • Mr. Alistair Child, Cocoa Sustainability Director, Certification & Community Development, Mars Global Chocolate
  • Mr. Raymond Major, Senior Manager, Sustainability Initiatives, Hershey
  • Mr. David Preece, Cocoa Sustainability, Global Commodities and Strategic Sourcing, Mondelēz International
  • Mr. Michiel Hendriksz, Director Sustainability, ADM International Sarl, Cocoa Division
  • Mr. Daudi Lelijveld, VP Cocoa Sustainability & MD Biolands, Barry Callebaut AG
  • Mr. Andrew Brooks, Cocoa CR&S Manager,  Côte d’Ivoire, Outspan Ivoire / Olam International
11.00

Panel discussion

11.45

Cocoa break

12.00

Perspective of governments from the Producing countries

Sustainability standards and the role of governments in their development and enforcement; How useful is a national platform in the move towards cocoa certification in the light of the Global Cocoa Agenda adopted at the World Cocoa Conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire?
Moderator: Mr. Jonas Mva Mva, Senior Cocoa Program Manager, Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH)

12.45

Panel discussion

13.00

Lunch

15.00

Standards differentiation and convergence / Recommendations

Moderator: Dr. Jean-Marc Anga, Executive Director, ICCO

The workshop will explore opportunities to work with existing standards and/or options to enable the creation of national and/or international standards, including work of the CCE and SCAN (harmonization and coordination of training across certification schemes and service providers), harmonization of existing standards as well as the role of governments and intergovernmental regulations.

Short presentations of recommendations from each group of stakeholders:

  • Dr. Juliane Reinecke, University of Warwick, UK
  • Mr. Christopher Wunderlich, UNFSS
  • Ms. Karin Kreider, Executive Director, ISEAL Alliance
  • Mr. Ulrich Helberg, Certification Capacity Enhancement (CCE) Coordinator
  • Mr. Alastair Child, representing the industry
  • Mr. David Aidoo, representing cocoa farmers
  • Mr. Friedel Hütz-Adams, representing civil society
  • Mr. Yapo Assamoi Robert, representing governments

16.00

Panel discussion: Recommendations on the way forward for cocoa certification

17.30

End of session

COCKTAIL RECEPTION / DINNER 19.00 – 21.00

 

THURSDAY 27 JUNE

UNFSS BRIEFING SESSION

08.30

UNFSS -- recap of UNFSS objectives, structure and process 

  • Ms. Jutta Steinman (GIZ / UNFSS)

09:00

Linking Standard implementation to sustainable development goals

09.30

Panel Session: Stakeholder’s Views on role of UNFSS

  • Discussion of stakeholders from ICCO workshop sessions
10.15

Breakout sessions: Priority issues and activities to address sustainability certification
 

Moderators: Mr. Christopher Wunderlich, UNFSS and Ms. Jutta Steinman, GIZ / UNFSS
 

Working Group I – Public sector focus
 

Working Group II Private sector focus
 

11.15

 

Plenary session: Interactive discussion on priority issues that could be addressed and activities achieved through the UNFSS

What are the information needs and concerns of policy makers regarding VSS? What are the challenges?

12.00

Cocoa break

12.15  

CONCLUSIONS AND CLOSING CEREMONY
 

WORKSHOP CONCLUSIONS
 

UNFSS Statement on the way forward for sustainability standards
 

Presentation of  Workshop Recommendations on cocoa certification
 

Recommandations adoptées le 27 juin 2013
 

Recomendaciones aprobadas el 27 de junio de 2013

 

12.30

CLOSING CEREMONY

Vote of thanks to the host government
 

Closing Remarks

13.00 Lunch
13.30 Depart for Yaoundé

For the complete report on the Workshop, click here to go to the download page

For background information on the Workshop, click here

To see the biographies of the presenters at the Workshop, click here

March 2014: Follow-up Direct Dialogue on Certification takes place in Zurich

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