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International Cocoa Initiative

The International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) Promotes Child Protection In Cocoa-Growing Communities. We Work To Ensure A Better Future For Children And Their Families.

Established in 2002, the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) is a leading organisation promoting child protection in cocoa-growing communities. ICI works with the cocoa industry, civil society, farmers’ organisations, communities and national governments in cocoa-producing countries to ensure a better future for children and contribute to the elimination of child labour.

Operating in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana since 2007, ICI has promoted holistic child protection measures in more than 600 cocoa-growing communities benefiting over 1 million people, 682,500 of whom are children.

The International Cocoa Initiative was founded within the framework of the Harkin Engel Protocol, an international agreement aimed at ending the Worst Forms of Child Labour (WFCL) in the production of cocoa.


ICI’s vision is of thriving cocoa-growing communities where children’s rights are respected and protected, and where child labour has been eliminated.


ICI works to improve the lives of children in cocoa-growing communities by supporting the acceleration and scale-up of child-centered community development and responsible supply-chain management throughout the cocoa-sector. ICI aims to safeguard child rights and contribute to the elimination of child labour through innovation, through the development, application and promotion of good practices, and through the building of partnerships.


ICI’s 2015-2020 strategy, Putting the Future of Children at the Heart of Cocoa Sustainability, guides the foundation and its stakeholders in the implementation of an improved model for child protection in cocoa communities and the cocoa supply-chain. Our strategic objectives are aiming at ensuring that:

  • Cocoa-growing communities are more protective of children and their rights
  • The cocoa supply-chain manages the risk of child labour responsibly
  • Key stakeholders have improved awareness, knowledge, willingness and capacity to take appropriate and effective decisions that strengthen child protection and mitigate child labour in cocoa-growing communities
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