SUPPORTING AND PROTECTING CHILDREN
Our commitment to education and child welfare
to safe, quality education
to a better learning environment
child and forced labour monitoring
We believe we have a responsibility towards the cocoa-growing communities we depend on, and we know that children’s education is one of the most important factors in improving outcomes not just for the individual but for the whole community.
That’s why we’re committed to helping to increase educational opportunities in cocoa-growing regions. In addition, our Protecting Children Action Plan aims to address the root causes of child and forced labour through robust human rights due diligence processes and targeted community-based investments.
Building schools, building futures
Education continues to be one of the most powerful ways we can foster positive change in cocoa growing-communities.
That’s why we work with the Jacobs Foundation and others with the aim of collectively providing access to quality primary education for 5 million children in Côte d'Ivoire. Part of this involves helping to improve the school environment, from building classrooms to school canteens.
We are also, along with Swisscontact, supporting pilot vocational schools in South Sulawesi. The aim here is to strengthen youth engagement and contribute to the professionalization of cocoa-farming.
Of course, it doesn’t matter how good schools are if children can’t attend them. Which is why we are working with our suppliers to raise awareness on the importance of having birth certificates so that families in West Africa can claim their children’s right to an education.
Our Protecting Children Action Plan
Our strategic approach to protecting children includes four main levers, designed to be mutually reinforcing: increased income, women’s social and economic empowerment, access to quality education, and robust monitoring and remediation systems. We believe there are strong links between these levers and reduced risk of child labour and forced labour.
Our first priority is to ensure our suppliers have in place robust systems designed to monitor, identify and remediate cases of child or forced labour as appropriate.
Our Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation systems use community-based monitors who work closely with the cocoa-growing community to help monitor, prevent and raise awareness on child labour. Bertin is one of these monitors and says, “What I appreciate the most about my job is building trust between the farmers and myself. Once I earn their trust, I can engage them and help them understand how important it is to work together for the children’s wellbeing.”
In 2020, through our suppliers, nearly 2,800 community child labour monitors were deployed in cocoa growing communities in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
“What I appreciate the most about my job is building trust between the farmers and myself. Once I earn their trust, I can engage them and help them understand how important it is to work together for the children’s wellbeing.” Bertin, Child Labour Monitor
We’re proud to collaborate with the Jacobs Foundation
The Jacobs Foundation invests in the future of young people with the aim of providing better opportunities for positive development and equitable access to education.