Designed as a networking project, it has the aim to develop concepts, basic ideas and references of good practice around a sustainable cocoa economy both in the European and global context.
More specifically, the prior aim of COCOANET.EU is to develop a network for the exchange of information among employee representatives and organizations within the European cocoa and chocolate industry.
World Food Day 2014
Family farming is the theme of the World Food Day 2014. In cocoa farming most cultivation is done by small scale farmers and their families. In celebrating World Food Day 2014 the EFFAT Cocoa Steering Committee and its member unions want to express their solidarity and support for cocoa farmers and their families. In our efforts to promote a decent living for all workers in the cocoa supply chain, this day our thoughts are with the cocoa families, often living in poverty and lacking basis needs for a decent living. Let’s work to change that for the better.
Cocoa Steering Committee, Paris October 2014.
More than 800 interested people – farmers and consumers, bankers and NGOs, politicians and trade unionists – attended the second World Cocoa Conference taking place in Amsterdam from June 9 - June 13.
Trade Unions and NGOs met on Pentecost in a Pre-Conference in order to discuss how to focus not only on economic but also on environmental and –first of all- social issues.
Sustainability was in the center of all dicussions:
· How to make cocoa interesting for the next generation of farmers?
· How to enable a decent life and fair prices for the farmers?
· How to avoid a deficit in the production of this commodity?
· How to abolish child labour in the cocoa sector?
Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development: “GISCO wants to help to enable a decent life in dignity”
Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture: “GISCO is a model for other sectors like coffee or cotton”
Michael Bergstreser, NGG:
"One step forward for the trade unions"
(all fotos: Ulrike Delfs)
more information: www.kakaoforum.de
On the 24th of march, shop stewards from Mondelez, Godiva, Leonidas and Neuhaus came together to discuss the importance of international solidarity in the cocoa-chain.
Op 24 maart kwamen militanten van Mondelez, Godiva, Leonidas en Neuhaus samen om de internationale solidariteit in de cacao-keten te bespreken.
Le 24 mars, les militants de Mondelez, Godiva, Leonidas et Neuhaus se sont réunis pour discuter de la solidarité internationale dans la chaîne de cacao.
Am 24. März kamen Gewerkschaftsvertreter von Mondelez, Godiva, Leonidas und Neuhaus zusammen, um die Bedeutung der internationalen Solidarität in der Kakaokette zu diskutieren.
El 24 de marzo, los militantes de Mondelez, Godiva, Leonidas y Neuhaus se reunieron para discutir la solidaridad internacional en la cadena de cacao.
The members of the Steering Committee are from Belgium, Netherlands, Germny, France, Great Britain, Lithuania, Austria and Geneva.
The group members are trade union delegates from ACV / CSC, ABVV / FGTB, fnv, NGG, FGA CFDT, UNITE, LPMS, ProGe and IUL
News about the Collective Agreement....
The Cocoanet.EU Steering Committee met for a two-day workshop in Vienna, Austria on February 28th and March 1rst 2011. Hosted by the Austrian trade union Pro-Ge, participants from Belgium, the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, the UK, the IUF and EFFAT came together to discuss different methods to sensitize employees on cocoa-related sustainability issues, the work of the IUF and further steps of the project. On the first day, the participants visited the Austrian chocolate factory of Manner in Vienna. [More]