In 2007 The Prince of Wales launched the Prince’s Rainforest Project to address the issue of tropical deforestation. Following this, in 2010, the Prince of Wales also launched an initiative called the International Sustainability Unit (ISU), with the aim of contributing to solutions to the problem of deforestation linked to cocoa farming.
The objective of these initiatives is to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions needed to meet the challenges of climate change and natural resource depletion, with a focus on sustainable management of agriculture and fisheries.
In 2016, with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement, Prince Charles called on all multinational cocoa and chocolate companies to address the deforestation that is attributable to Chocolate consumption by European countries due to cocoa production.
THE DECLARATION OF INTENT
On March 16, 2017, at the initiative of Prince Charles’ International Unit for Sustainable Development, the World Cocoa Foundation and The Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), and twelve of the largest companies in the cocoa and chocolate industry (Mars, Hershey, Nestlé, Mondelez, Ferrero, Blommer, Barry Callebaut, Olam, Cargill, Ecom, Touton, Cémoi) agreed on a collective statement of intent to work together, in partnership with other organizations, to stop deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain, starting with Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
As a result of this initiative, the participating companies developed a draft Joint Framework for Action to combat deforestation; this was submitted to Côte d’Ivoire’s authorities, representatives of which were invited to a meeting in London on September 26th 2019 to exchange views on said framework. Following this meeting, on October 31, 2017, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana agreed on a common approach.
Following the various exchanges, the stakeholders agreed on a final version of the joint framework for action. Thus, on November 16th 2017, on the sidelines of the 23rd Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP23) held from November 6th to 17th 2017 in Bonn, Côte d’Ivoire (represented by the Minister of Water and Forests) and twenty-two (22) major cocoa and chocolate companies represented by the President of the World Cocoa Foundation signed the Joint Framework for Action for a deforestation-free cocoa value chain.