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Wednesday, November 27 • 13:30 - 14:45
Catalytic public-private partnerships: working with governments to drive business respect for human rights in the cocoa sector

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Session organized by the International Cocoa Initiative

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Session Overview
Focusing on the human rights challenges of child labour and forced labour in the cocoa sector of West Africa, and building on the International Cocoa Initiative’s multi-stakeholder orientation to promoting solutions across business, governments and civil society, this session will spotlight efforts underway in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana to promote effective human rights due diligence in the cocoa supply-chain.
The session will examine the state of play in the sector’s roll out of Child Labour Monitoring & Remediation Systems (CLMRS), and the specific and interlinked roles of private and public actors for different aspects of this approach which currently covers approximately 10% of the cocoa supply chain, and which now demands urgent action if its coverage and promising impacts are to be scaled up. In line with the theme of the Forum, particular attention will be paid to the role of governments, as per the first pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; in cocoa-producing countries as enablers of due diligence and remediation, and as drivers of complementary root-cause solutions; and in cocoa-consuming nations as regulators and enablers of responsible business conduct.

Session Objectives:
To profile important efforts underway in the cocoa sector to scale up due diligence systems.
  • To review current roles and responsibilities (between industry, government and civil-society) in these efforts, and to consider new approaches for coordinated, aligned, collaborative working.
  • To highlight specific roles of governments in producing and consuming countries in helping businesses expand their efforts, and to engage session panelists and participants in a discussion to identify related opportunities and challenges in upscaling.
  • To seek input from session participants into the design of an emerging post-2020 partnership on children’s rights in cocoa.

Key Discussion Questions:
Depending on the format (panel, round table or debate), questions could include:
  • Where are we on the upscaling journey for due diligence in the cocoa sector?
  • What are the specific challenges we’re facing?
  • Do we have sufficient clarity on roles and responsibilities? If yes, how do they fall, if not, how can we get clarity?
  • Are respective actors’ efforts sufficiently aligned and coordinated?
  • Are producing country governments helping the upscaling effort? What more can they do?
  • Are consuming country governments helping the upscaling effort? What more can they do?
  • What more can other stakeholder groups (private sector, civil society, consumers) do to help the upscaling effort?
  • What needs to happen, post-2020, to achieve greater coverage and impact?
  • What lessons from cocoa can be applied to other commodities / sectors?

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Olivier Laboulle

Head of Programmes, International Cocoa Initiative (ICI)
Olivier Laboulle joined ICI in 2015 having worked on environmental sustainability, education and livelihoods, predominantly in Africa and Europe with non-profits, public-private partnerships, social enterprises and the UN. He has an MSc in Human Rights with a focus on supply chains... Read More →

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Anousheh Karvar

French Government Representative to the ILO / chair of the Alliance 8.7, International Labour Organization (ILO)
I am currently the French Government representative to the International Labour Organisation Governing Body and the French Labour and Employment Task Officer to G7-G20. Since July 2019, I chair the Alliance 8.7, a Global Partnership to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking... Read More →
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Yann Wyss

Senior Manager, Social Impact, Nestlé
Yann Wyss joined Nestlé in 2011 as a human rights expert to develop and implement Nestlé’s Human Rights Due Diligence Program across the company’s operations and supply chain. He started his career in the Swiss Foreign Ministry, where he was actively involved in the creation... Read More →
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Virginie Mahin

Global Social Sustainability & Human Rights Lead, Mondelēz International
Virginie Mahin leads the social sustainability agenda for Mondelēz International, the global snacking company behind chocolate and biscuit brands such as Milka, Cadbury, Oreo and LU. As chair of the company’s cross-functional Human Rights Working Group, she steers the company’s... Read More →
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Antonie Fountain

Managing Director, Voice Network
Antonie Fountain, is Managing Director of the VOICE Network and co-author of the Cocoa Barometers. He acts as one of the key spokespersons for civil society in cocoa, and has been actively advocating a sustainable cocoa sector for more than a decade.
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Kouakou Kra Martin N’GUETTIA

Directeur de la Lutte contre le Travail des Enfants, Ministère de l'Emploi de la Protection Sociale de Côte d’Ivoire
Dr. NGUETTIA Kouakou Kra MartinNée le 26/12/1974 en République de Côte d’IvoireDocteur en Psycho-criminologie / Maitre-Assistant des Universités / Enseignant – Chercheur à l’UFR de Criminologie de l’Université Felix Houphouët Boigny de Cocody à Abidjan.Par ailleurs... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 13:30 - 14:45 CET
Room XXV