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Cocoa companies call for EU-wide human rights and environmental due diligence requirements
Author: Barry Callebaut AG, Mars Wrigley and Mondelēz International, The VOICE Network, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, Published on: 2 December 2019
We, a group of companies (Barry Callebaut AG, Mars Wrigley and Mondelēz International), The VOICE Network, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, call on the European Union, by far the largest importer and consumer of cocoa in the world, to strengthen human rights and environmental due diligence requirements of companies in global cocoa supply chains, aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
We strongly believe that we all need to take action together to effectively address some of the systemic human rights and environmental challenges in the cocoa supply chain. National governments must enforce and strengthen their own labour, child protection and environmental laws, and companies have a responsibility to conduct due diligence to identify risk, jointly evaluate remediation and take action which is proportionate to their exposure to the human rights and environmental risk.
Therefore, we think an EU-wide approach to due diligence will benefit all actors in the supply chain in terms of a clear and consistent set of rules and common intent.
The EU should:
- Aim to negotiate bilateral agreements with cocoa origin governments...
- Establish a regulatory and policy framework within the EU to ensure that companies conduct human rights and environmental due diligence in their supply chains...