Global cocoa sector to convene in Copenhagen for sustainability discussions

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Join global leaders for a 2-day meeting to explore the status of sustainability in the chocolate and cocoa sector. The meeting, hosted by the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), will feature prominent speakers from the chocolate and cocoa sector, including government, civil society, public and private sector representatives.

WHAT:    The World Cocoa Foundation 26th Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair is an opportunity to share the latest developments toward ensuring greater sustainability in the cocoa sector and improving farmer livelihoods. The Meeting theme is “Connecting Sustainability, Standards & Certification.” There will be a focus on WCF’s sustainability strategy, CocoaAction, which was announced in May 2014. For more information about the meeting, including the agenda, please visit:

WHEN:     October 15 – 16, 2014

WHERE:   Dansk Industri/New House of Industry
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 18, 1553 Copenhagen V, Denmark

WHO:      Representatives from industry, government, development organizations, civil society, and research institutes who are interested in cocoa sustainability are invited to register for the event.

Meeting speakers include:

  • Barry Parkin, Chairman, World Cocoa Foundation
  • Bill Guyton, President, World Cocoa Foundation
  • Carsten Lyngso Thomsen, CEO, Toms
  • Edouard N’guessan, Deputy Director General, Le Conseil du Cafe-Cacao (Cote d’Ivoire)
  • Howard-Yana Shapiro, PhD, Chief Agricultural Officer, Mars Advanced Research Institute Fellow, Mars, Incorporated
  • Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Food & Markets, World Wildlife Fund
  • Gerard Manley, Managing Director & Global Head Cocoa, Olam
  • Dr. Stephen Opuni, Chief Executive, COCOBOD

Event sponsors include: Toms Gruppen; Cargill; The Hershey Company; ADM Cocoa; Barry Callebaut; Blommer Chocolate Company; Guittard Chocolate Company; and Touton.

MEDIA:       Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend. Advance registration is required. Journalists interested in attending the Partnership Meeting must email describing intent to cover, plus media outlet and contact details.

About World Cocoa Foundation
WCF is an international membership foundation of more than 115 companies that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by providing cocoa farmers with the tools they need to grow more and better cocoa, market it successfully, and make greater profits. WCF’s membership includes cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. For more information, visit and follow us on

Source: World Cocoa Foundation