A public-private partnership active in the Dutch cocoa and chocolate sector working to sustainably improve the livelihoods of current and future cocoa farming families.

Signatories of the Dutch Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (DISCO) are jointly responsible for reaching the shared vision for a sustainable cocoa sector.

The vision is that in cocoa-production regions important to the Dutch cocoa industry the following will be achieved:

  • Farming families with cocoa as their main livelihood activity will be enabled to earn a living income by 2030;
  • Cocoa-related deforestation and forest degradation in producing regions where the Dutch cocoa industry and their trade partners are sourcing from will have ended in their supply chains by 2025;
  • Effective measures and necessary actions contributing to ending all forms of child labor by 2025 are taken.

DISCO acknowledges the complexity of the root causes behind the critical social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues in the cocoa sector. By working in partnership DISCO signatories are better able to coordinate and initiate efforts and interventions with stakeholders in the cocoa sector outside the Netherlands. This should lead to more efficiency and effectiveness in the national and international efforts aimed at making the cocoa sector more sustainable. In partnership, we can achieve more than the sum of our individual efforts.

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