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The Prince of Wales convenes a meeting with global cocoa and chocolate companies as they commit to work together to end deforestation in the cocoa supply chain

16th March 2017

The Prince of Wales convenes a meeting with global cocoa and chocolate companies as they commit to work together to end deforestation in the cocoa supply chain

Photo credit: Ian Jones

The Prince of Wales attended a meeting in London today which convened cocoa and chocolate companies as they commit to work together to end deforestation in the cocoa supply chain.

During the meeting, which was set up by The Prince’s International Sustainability Unit, World Cocoa Foundation and The Sustainable Trade Initiative, twelve of the world's largest chocolate and cocoa companies launched a statement of intent to end the destruction of rainforests in their supply chain.

The Prince of Wales convenes a meeting with global cocoa and chocolate companies as they commit to work together to end deforestation in the cocoa supply chain

Photo credit: Ian Jones

The Prince of Wales, who has been campaigning for a number of years to end the destruction of rainforests, hosted the meeting which brought together senior executives from firms such as The Hershey Company, Mars Incorporated and Nestle.

Ministers and senior government representatives of the two leading cocoa-producing countries - Cote d'Ivoire and Ghana - as well as from Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom attended the meeting.

A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the meeting on Cocoa and Tropical Forests, Spencer House, London

Published on 16th March 2017

Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am most grateful to you for sparing your valuable time to join today's High Level Meeting on Cocoa and Forests.  I greatly appreciate the fact that so many of you should have come to celebrate the signing of a Collective Statement of Intent to end deforestation and forest degradation in the cocoa supply chain – a hugely encouraging step, if ever there was one, by twelve of the major cocoa and chocolate companies .
 
In this regard, I am particularly grateful to the high level delegations from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, who have been kind enough to join us in London today and whose leadership on this issue is absolutely vital; as well as to my International Sustainability Unit's indefatigable partners in this initiative, the World Cocoa Foundation and the Sustainable Trade Initiative, (I.D.H.).
 
As some of you may know, I have for many years been deeply committed to the protection of the world's tropical rainforests.  They play an absolutely crucial role, both globally and locally, in climate change mitigation and adaptation, in ensuring sustainable livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people and in conserving biodiversity – as reflected in both the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and The Paris Agreement.
 
It is clear that the private sector has a critically important part to play in saving our remaining forests, particularly through tackling the deforestation that has too often, alas, been associated with global commodity supply chains.  The commitments made in th ...

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