After two decades of broken promises in the cocoa sector, the Cocoa Barometer 2020 calls on the sector to move away from symptomatic solutions. Cocoa farming communities are still battling the effects of poverty, child labour and deforestation, and in-depth system change is urgently needed. This is possible when companies take responsibility for human rights violations and deforestation. The report makes three recommendations to this end.
The chocolate and cocoa sector are exemplifying the unequal game between large multinationals on the one hand and small-scale farmers on the other. For decades, the sector has been accused of widespread child labour, uncontrolled deforestation and structural poverty.
In the biennial Cocoa Barometer a broad coalition of civil society organisations who are members of the VOICE Network (including Rikolto, Oxfam, Solidaridad, ABVV-Horval etc.) assess the sustainability performance of the cocoa sector.