Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa

Projet terminé

The Programme supports the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa, the objective of which is to join public and private forces and promote sustainability in the cocoa value chain. Launched in 2017, the multistakeholder initiative is driven by chocolate manufacturers, traders, retailers, NGOs, research and the federal government represented by SECO.

Pays/région Période Budget
Monde entier
01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022
CHF  9’000’000

Despite the manifold attention received by donors and governments, cocoa farmer income has been stagnating over the last decades. Average per capita income lies globally below the poverty threshold of $2 per day. Moreover, cocoa farm expansion is considered a key driver of forest degradation and deforestation. Recognizing that in the past measures have been isolated, too small and overly reliant on grant means, the Swiss Cocoa Platform seeks to align objectives and resources to strengthen the sustainability along the value chain and thus underpins Switzerland's leading role as chocolate manufacturer that couples quality with sustainability.


The Programme is fully aligned with the goals of the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (hereafter Swiss Cocoa Platform). By signing a joint Declaration of Intent in June 2017, 50 manufacturers, traders, retailers, NGOs, research institutes and government representatives, committed to contribute to ten strategic goals, out of which the following two stand out:

1) To increase social, ecological and economic sustainability in cocoa production and the value chain in order to substantially improve the living conditions of the cocoa producers and create an attractive cocoa sector for the current and future generations. Specifically, the platform commits to measurably contribute to the 2030 Agenda.

2) Cocoa imported to Switzerland shall originate entirely from sustainable sources in the long term, defining as a first milestone an 80% sustainable sourcing goal by 2025.

Effets à moyen terme

Financially self-sustaining Swiss Cocoa Platform Association.

Enhanced alignment and dialogue among Swiss cocoa stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society as well as with authorities and organizations in producing countries.

Strengthened peer learning and sharing of experiences in topic-specific communities of practice in pre-competitive areas such as climate resilience, traceability of cocoa butter, access to finance and non-tariff measures (e.g. cadmium content in cocoa beans).

Leveraged private investments through innovative value chain interventions in SECO priority countries aimed at improving the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their families through a public-private co-financing mechanism.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

Annual accountability reports from the Swiss Cocoa Platform Association and its members, informing about the contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and the progress on the defined sourcing goal.

Enhanced dialogue with authorities and organisations in 4 producing countries, formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding or equivalent agreements.

Increase of association memberships and securing of self-sustainable finances, i.e. 100% of running costs are covered by members at latest by 2021.

Four well-functioning communities of practice based on members' active participation. The Communities of Practice shall meet regularly, follow jointly elaborated work plans and provide concrete guidance for joint projects and concerted actions in the prioritized topics.

Mobilization of additional financial resources from private sector through co-financed value chain projects, aligned with the objectives of the platform and including at least eight small and medium sized entreprises.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

The programme builds on lessons learnt and experiences from previous SECO financed cocoa value chain projects implemented in Peru, Colombia, Ghana, Honduras, Togo and Indonesia. The multistakeholder initiative at the Swiss level is a further development of such national projects and the public-private partnerships tested herein. Most notable in this context is the Sustainable Cocoa Production Program (SCPP) initiated in 2012, which is currently the largest Public-Private Partnership development program of its kind.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Coopération au développement
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    9’000’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    0 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF    16’600’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.07.2022 - 30.06.2026   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.03.2018 - 31.12.2022   (Completed)