- INA lunchbreak
- Supply Chain Act
INA-Lunchbreak on supply chain due diligence act part 21
In this INA Lunchbreak we address the topic "Avoiding child labour in agricultural supply chains using the example of cocoa".
Around the world, an estimated 160 million children are in child labour. Agriculture is the most significant contributing sector, where some of the most common risks for children working on farms include handling pesticides or carrying heavy loads. Especially the cocoa sector has come under pressure to combat child labour. In Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the largest cocoa producing countries in the world, an estimated 1.56 million children are in child labour. How can we address this complex challenge and what can companies do to combat child labour in their supply chains? These and other questions will be addressed during our 21st Lunchbreak.
PRO-PLANTEURS will present approaches from the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire in tackling the complex challenge of child labour. PRO-PLANTEURS is a joint project of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO), the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Ivorian Coffee-Cocoa Council (Conseil du Café-Cacao). The aim of the project is to professionalize cocoa farming families and their organizations in Côte d'Ivoire, as well as to provide opportunities for women and fostering a better income and a better food basis for their families.
Following, experts from the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will present the ICI/OECD "Business Handbook on Due Diligence in the Cocoa Sector – Addressing Child Labour and Forced Labour”. The handbook gives guidance to companies to help them identify, prevent and address child labour and forced labour risks in the cocoa sector and illustrates how companies can meet their human rights due diligence obligations. The handbook was financially supported by BMZ.
The one-hour online meeting takes place on the first Friday of the month.
The date is Friday, 06.10.2023 from 12.00 - 13.00pm CET.
The event will be held in English.
12.00pm Opening and Updates
Lisa Kirfel-Rühle, Deputy Head of Division, Division 122 / BMZ
12.05pm Experiences from the cocoa sector in Côte d’Ivoire
Sonia Lehmann, Project Manager, PRO-PLANTEURS
Contribution to Eliminate Child Labor in Cocoa Producing Communities
and Improving the Social and Economic Status of Youth
Camara Sauveur Kingoun, Cocoa Programme Manager, Solidaridad Network
West Africa (WAF)
12.25pm Presentation of ICI/OECD "Business Handbook on Due Diligence in the
Cocoa Sector – Addressing Child Labour and Forced Labour”
Sarah Dekkiche, Director of Policy and Partnerships, International Ccooa
12.55pm Summary and outlook
Moritz Heldmann, Programme Manager INA
Host: Annette Cerulli-Harms, ConPolicy
The handbook discussed in the INA Lunchbreak, "Business Handbook on Due Diligence in the Cocoa Sector – Addressing Child Labour and Forced Labour" can be found here.
The event is aimed at interested parties from the private sector, civil society and politics.