Announcement: Expert Groups pave the way for RSCE2

In the first Roundtable meeting in Accra various areas that are crucial to sustainable cocoa production and consumption were identified. In order to gain a deeper understanding of these issues and provide a solid basis for future discussions on the economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainable cocoa, experts were convened to develop a set of six background documents for the second Roundtable (RSCE2) in Trinidad & Tobago. The topics of these documents are: Objectives and Terms of Engagement for the Operation of RSCE, Best Known Practices in the Cocoa Value Chain, Sustainability Initiatives and the Challenge of Compliance, Traceability and Tracking, Social Issues and Draft Principles for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy.

A brief outline of the RSCE2 documents and the Expert Groups and its members:

 

RSCE2/2: Objectives and Terms of Engagement for the Operation of RSCE

This document provides a first attempt at describing the objectives for the Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy and how RSCE could work in the future. In the first part, it describes a model of governance, membership, decision making and financial and physical management for the operation of the Roundtable process. In the second part, the document presents the objectives for RSCE and the work programme on how RSCE intends to make the cocoa economy a more sustainable one. 

 

Mr. Tony Lass MBE (leader)

Cocoa Research Association Ltd

Mme Amouan Acquah Assouan

Cabinet du Premier Ministre, Côte d'Ivoire

Mr. Simon Schnetzer

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

 

RSCE2/3: Best Known Practices in Cocoa Supply Chain

Based on the ICCO document "Manual of best known practices in cocoa production", this exhaustive manual describes the characteristics of good quality cocoa and how to obtain these throughout the entire cocoa value chain. In brief but clear language it presents the most important aspects of cocoa production, from the establishment of a farm to harvesting and transportation, from a practical point of view. Thanks to the work of the Expert Group and the process of public consultations, this document will gain in depth and its valuable contents will be of great benefit to the cocoa community and farmers in particular. 

 

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga (leader)

ICCO

Mr. Richard Holland

World Wide Fund for Nature

Dr. Martin Gilmour

CAOBISCO, Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery Industries of the European Union

Dr. René Kossa

Côte d'Ivoire

Mr. Emmanuel Opoku

Ghana Cocoa Board

Mr. Simon Schnetzer

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Mr. Jack Steijn

European Warehouse Keepers' Federation

 

RSCE2/4: Sustainability Initiatives and the Challenge of Compliance

The purpose of this document is to present an overview of existing sustainability and certification initiatives in cocoa and other commodities. Questions of how they operate and a systemic comparison of how these initiatives deal with the challenge of sustainability are central to this study. What are their objectives? How did they develop standards? How widely-recognized are such standards and to what extent are they actually used? How are progress and success being measured? In what ways are the stakeholders involved?

Cocoa's stakeholders can learn many practical lessons from the experiences of these initiatives and draw their own conclusions for the objectives and the course they wish to set for RSCE.

 

Mr. Simon Schnetzer (leader)

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Mr. Richard Holland

World Wide Fund for Nature

Mr. Youssouf Ndjore

FTPCC, Côte d'Ivoire

Ms. Chantal Oltramare

Secrétariat d'Etat à l'économie SECO - Département fédéral de l'Economie DFE

Mr. Marcel Vernooij

Department of International Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands

Ms. Gine Zwart

Oxfam Novib

 

RSCE2/5: Study on Traceability and Tracking

The study on traceability and tracking presents different forms of verification for certain types of produce. Various methods for traceability and tracking are described including a cost and benefit analysis for the stakeholders. Cases of good practice are illustrat ed to allow for a discussion on possible ways of verifying sustainability claims in cocoa on a large scale and to discuss the underlying technicalities involved. 

 

Mr. Tony Lass MBE (leader)

Cocoa Research Association Ltd

Mme Amouan Acquah Assouan

Cabinet du Premier Ministre, Côte d'Ivoire

Ms. Isabelle Adam

European Cocoa Association

Dr. Jean-Marc Anga

International Cocoa Organization

Dr. F. M. Amoah

CGIR / COCOBOD, Ghana

Mr. Enzo Barattini

European Commission DG Development SC-15  4/182

Dr. Martin Gilmour

CAOBISCO, Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit And Confectionery Industries of the European Union

Dr. Victor Halim Iyama

Cocoa Association of Nigeria

Mr. Simon Schnetzer

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Mr. Philip Sigley

The Federation of Cocoa Commerce Ltd (FCC)

Mr. Jack Steijn

European Warehouse Keepers' Federation

 

RSCE2/6: Social Issues

This paper provides a broad picture of the social environments in which cocoa is cultivated, whilst analyzing the characteristics of the cocoa supply chain from a sociological perspective. A close examination is made on crucial issues such as farmers' economic hardship, challenges to health and safety on farms or young farm workers' education. The document concludes with a synthesis of how the social and legal environment can - through the cooperation of all stakeholders along the value chain - lead to a socially more sustainable world cocoa economy.

 

Mme Amouan Acquah Assouan (leader)

Cabinet du Premier Ministre, Côte d'Ivoire

Ms Isabelle Adam

European Cocoa Association

Mr. Ngwe Apollinaire

Cocoa and Coffee Interprofessional Board, Côte d'Ivoire

Dr. Victor Halim Iyama

Cocoa Association of Nigeria

Mr. Peter McAllister

International Cocoa Initiative

Mr. Ebenezer Tei Quartey

GCB, Ghana

Mr. Simon Schnetzer

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Mr Hagen Streichert

BMELV - Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of Germany

Ms. Gine Zwart

Oxfam Novib

 

RSCE2/7: Draft Outline of Principles for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

This is the first draft of an attempt to draw up the principles of a sustainable cocoa economy with all cocoa stakeholders. This document will be prepared in a transparent and participatory way, to be discussed in detail at the second Roundtable meeting. The principles underpin all aspects of the cocoa economy and focus in particular on the three pillars of sustainability, namely the economic, environmental and social.

 

Mr. Marcel Vernooij (leader)

Department of International Affairs Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherlands

Mr. Richard Holland

World Wide Fund for Nature

Ms. Patricia Maharaj

Ministry of Agriculture, Land & Marine Resources, Trinidad & Tobago

Mr. Ebenezer Tei Quartey

GCB, Ghana

Mr. Simon Schnetzer

RSCE, Roundtable for a Sustainable Cocoa Economy

Mr. Pierre Tsimi Enouga

CICC, Cameroon

Mr. Vicente Urrutia Cueva

Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Acuacultura y Pesca, Ecuador

 

Published: 03 September 2008