Our sustainable cocoa beans are sourced from farms that meet the following international certification standards: UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified™, Organic and/or Fairtrade. On top of that, we build partnerships with other public- and private-sector organizations to initiate customized projects and increase impact.

Cocoanect’s sustainability strategy is built on four axes:

  • We work ‘Inside-out’; first initiate innovative pilots before scaling up
  • We build partnerships; within the public and private sector
  • We build dedicated sustainable supply chains; longer-term commitments
  • We focus on credibility & impact: traceability, transparency, and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

We work with farmer cooperatives and local buying companies in Ivory Coast, Ghana  Nigeria, and Cameroon, covering more than 30.000 farmer households. Our Cocoanect sustainability team provides continuous support and control when implementing program activities with farmers.

Our sustainability team in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

Head of Sustainability André van den Beld explaining the pod counting process in Ghana.








Since 2016, several initiatives have been launched in collaboration with expert organizations:

The women in cocoa business initiative

Ivory Coast’s only initiative which supports women cooperatives to up-scale their cocoa business

In collaboration with Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP) and the National Federation of Women Cocoa and Coffee farmers, we are supporting women groups in Ivory Coast to grow their business. We do this by supporting women cooperatives with a package of agricultural trainings and improved planting materials, in combination with logistical and financial micro-credit services in their supply chain. We are especially proud of Koado-Due; our first women coop, which managed to up-scale from 50 Mt to 825 Mt in the past 4 years, and today reach more than 500 women farmers in the region and supplies 9 local school canteens with vegetables and rice from community farms. Learn more.

This initiative has been supported by:

The ProcarBOOH initiative

Distribute improved cook stoves in cocoa communities to reduce charcoal and firewood consumption by up to 60%. 

Improved cookstoves can make a big difference in farmer lives, especially for women and children. It enables households to a) save on biofuel expenses, b) fight  child labour during firewood collections, c) reduce household air pollution, d) tackle environmental degradation, and e) generate additional revenues through carbon credits.

We are proud to collaborate with the Inter-professional Fund for agricultural research and extension (FIRCA), the national department of REDD+, the Ivorian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (CIACC), cook stove producer GreenKer, and of course our farmer communities. Learn more.

This initiative has been supported by:


Forest Conservation Initiative

Cocoanect is a proud member of the Cocoa and Forest Initiative (CFI), a joint initiatives spearheaded by the governments of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Colombia, which is facilitated by IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative and the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). CFI is an active commitment by top cocoa-producing countries and leading chocolate and cocoa companies to end deforestation and restore forest areas, through no further conversion of any forest land for cocoa production. Cocoanect’s 2019 CFI Company Progress Report can be found here.

West-Africa’s only cocoa program that monitors biodiversity across different cocoa production systems.

Co-funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), we are building an ecological corridor between the Tai National Park (Ivory Coast) and forest reserves in Liberia in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre, the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, and our client. Alongside the Hana River, which is a biodiversity hotspot, we are supplying cocoa farmers with training sessions and agro-inputs in return for the implementation of buffer zones, agroforestry, and reforestation. Biodiversity trends are monitored every year. Learn more.

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We are always looking for new programs, innovations, and partnerships in the field of rural development. If you´d like to partner with us in one of our projects, please contact our head of sustainability André van den Beld <andre.vandenbeld @>


Read our CSR policy to learn more about our vision, targets and implementation of Corporate Social Responsibility:

Cocoanect Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

Addendum to CSR policy – SHP