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EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa

EU urged to draft law on child labour, deforestation in coffee and cocoa | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Globally, there are some 152 million working children aged between 5 and 17, according to the International Labour Organization. About 71 percent work in agriculture, from herding livestock to harvesting coffee, cocoa and tea. The European Union must set mandatory rules to tackle child labour and deforestation in the cocoa and coffee sectors, after years of voluntary action has failed to spur widespread change, stakeholders and policymakers said on Wednesday. 

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Consumers of cocoa and coffee have a responsibility in how the supply chains work and that it is free from child labour and other human rights issues.

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Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced

Joint efforts of chocolate industry and government of Côte d’Ivoire to halt deforestation announced | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

The announcement heralds the next phase of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), initiated and led by the Ministry of Water and Forests, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and IDH. Through this initiative, the industry and the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana are working together to end deforestation and forest degradation caused by cocoa farming.

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Great initiative by the cocoa industry and the government of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana in order to end deforestation.

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