WHAY SHOULD YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN BE TRANSPARENT?
Do you think about the begin suppliers of your end chocolate products? Do you care how the begin suppliers survive? Do you care if their rights are respected? Or if they earn the income they deserved? Do you think you are part of the supply chain? If so, do you agree you are also responsible to make the sector transparent? Do you agree that as a producer, company or end consumer it is also your responsibility to promote and ensure transparency from bottom to top in your supply chain?
WE THINK IT IS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE OUR SUPPLY CHAINS TRANSPARENT, OTHERWISE:
- How can you ensure those in your supply chain has their right respected and protected?
- How can you know that your raw product is sustainably produce and are fairly source?
- How can you tell that your product is not produced with child and forced labour and cheating?
- How can you ensure there are no bad practices, such as deforestation and human rights abuses?
FAIR LIVING INCOME
Living Income is a key challenge in realizing a sustainable cocoa sector. WCC-Berlin Declaration “Cocoa sector will not be sustainable if farmers are not able to earn a living income”.
Some stakeholders acknowledge that, the only way (smallholders) cocoa farmers will -earn a fair living income from their crop when they are independent cocoa entrepreneurs.
Smallholder farmers can independent entrepreneurs when they are grouped, as only then they can have the opportunity to be trained and can acquire the ability as entrepreneurs.
It will make it possible for smallholders to register farms as a business, stimulate sustainable farming, access to direct market leading to a fair living income and opportunity to financial loan.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY
In other to make sure the sector is transparent, we recommend the establishment of a National Cocoa Platform. A structure that will be composed of relevant stakeholders.
Structure can also be used to promote and ensure collaboration between major actors in the supply chain such as the farmers, government and chocolate industry.
This will make it easier to develop, sustainability actions and to jointly organize the facilitation of long-term strategies that will further strengthen the sector from bottom to top.
It will ensure a better and fairway of doing business and bring transparency that is needed to stabilize the sector, secure a sustainable living income for farmers, eradicate child and forced labour and end deforestation in cocoa farming.