Climate Focus announces release of publication "Eliminating Deforestation from the Cocoa Supply Chain"

Climate Focus announces release of publication "Eliminating Deforestation from the Cocoa Supply Chain"

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Climate Focus and the NYDF Assessment Coalition have spent considerable time highlighting the deforestation impact from the big 4 forest risk commodities, and the global importance of efforts to transform these supply chains laid out in our NYDF goal 2 report.  Another important commodity, cocoa, has received less attention as a driver of deforestation. However, an increasing sensitivity for deforestation by cocoa, combined with an awareness of productivity and livelihood limitations of smallholder farming, has led to cocoa companies being increasingly active in sustainability through deforestation-related commitments, programs, and sustainable certification.

Climate Focus, in collaboration with the BioCarbon Fund, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the World Cocoa Foundation, is pleased to release a new report Eliminating Deforestation from the Cocoa Supply Chain. Our analysis includes an examination of the cocoa supply chain, its associated deforestation, and the role and limitations of certification schemes to reduce deforestation. In addition, the deforestation-related commitments from cocoa companies are analyzed across the value chain by looking at commitment types, implementation, and the enabling environment. The company commitments’ data included in our analysis are based on a combination of extensive research of public company and NGO materials, and company surveys and interviews.