Our Work in Cocoa

Eliminating abusive child labor practices in West Africa

Verité's Consultative Role

On May 18 – 20, 2009, Verité convened an Expert Panel in Accra, Ghana titled “Knowledge into Action: Balancing the Need to Know with the Need for Change.”

International Cocoa Verification Board

The Problem.

Most of the world's cocoa originates in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, where production is spread across as many as two million family farms. For over seven years stakeholders from industry, government, and civil society have had conflicting views on the question of how to verify the government surveys that served to assess the conditions on the farms.

Our Solution.

Verité was selected by the global cocoa industry to create a robust and independent verification process. We are known for our solutions-driven, multi-stakeholder approach to complicated human rights problems. The process we designed, known as the Road Map, has brought NGOs, governments, and industry together for the first time to build a common agenda for change.

Verité brought together diverse stakeholders in an unprecedented program to establish a common platform for problem solving, resulting in the development of the multi-stakeholder International Cocoa Verification Board. These efforts have led to greater cooperation among industry, international civil society, and the governments of Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and the United States.