The Cocoa & Forests Initiative: An analysis of the initiative’s work toward collective action against deforestation

The Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) is a platform that aims to address the problem of deforestation within cocoa supply chains by facilitating collective action between different cocoa stakeholders.

Since launching, the platform has seen great successes in engaging and securing commitments from chocolate and cocoa companies, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, and civil society organisations (CSOs), on sustainable cocoa production. The CFI channelled these commitments into three action areas: forest protection and restoration; sustainable cocoa production, and; improvement in livelihoods and conditions for cocoa farmers.

Following a thorough review of existing literature and consultations with the CFI signatories, this report aims to provide an overview and systematic guidance on how the CFI effectively engaged key government stakeholders, leading cocoa companies, and civil society organisations to foster collaboration. It suggests six recommendations for implementing initiatives that wish to achieve similar goals in sustainable commodities.