Key Memberships & Partners
African Cashew Initiative
The African Cashew Initiative aims at strengthening the global competitiveness of cashew production and processing in sub-Saharan Africa.
Africa Cocoa Initiative
The WCF African Cocoa Initiative is a public-private partnership, bringing together WCF, cocoa industry members, the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) and U.S. Agency for International Development through its Global Development Alliance, in concert with key government institutions in the four countries of Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. WCF/ACI is a $13.5 million, 5-year program with the goal of institutionalizing effective public and private sector models to support sustainable productivity growth and improved food security on diversified cocoa farms in West and Central Africa.
Cocoa Livelihoods Programme
The WCF Cocoa Livelihoods Program is working to double the income of approximately 200,000 smallholder, cocoa-growing households in West and Central Africa. The overall goal of the program is to increase farmer income while strengthening local service capacity.
Founded in 2008, the Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) supports smallholder farmers all over Sub-Saharan Africa to increase the productivity of the cotton production and thus their income, as well as to improve their living conditions.
Building on WCF member-supported pilot education programs, ECHOES Alliance strengthens cocoa-growing communities by expanding opportunities for youth and young adults through livelihoods, literacy and basic education.
IDH accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade by building impact oriented coalitions of front running multinationals, civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders. Through convening public and private interests, strengths and knowledge, IDH programs help create shared value for all partners.
Sustainable Rice Platform (UNEP&IRRI)
The Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is a multi-stakeholder platform, co-convened by United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Rice Research Institute to promote resource efficiency and sustainable trade flows, production and consumption operations, and supply chains in the global rice sector.
ACDI/VOCA strives to promote positive economic and social change worldwide. It promotes economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises, and communities through application of sound business practice.
Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.
Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership (CPSL)
CPSL has built strategic leadership capacity to tackle critical global challenges. At the nexus of world-class academic research and cutting-edge corporate practice, CPSL works with leaders to develop practical solutions that reconcile profitability and sustainability and catalyse change in the wider system.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit or GIZ offers customised solutions to complex challenges. GIZ is an experienced service provider and assists the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. It offers demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.
Socco-Devi is a network of cooperatives and mutuals that share technical expertise and know-how with partners in developing countries in order to create, protect and distribute wealth.
TechnoServe works with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. It is a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets.
Solidaridad is an international civil society organisation with more than 45 years of global experience in facilitating the development of socially responsible, ecologically sound, and profitable supply chains. Solidaridad works across 12 supply chains and operates through 10 regional offices on 5 continents.
SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation. It believes that no-one should have to live in poverty and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development.SNV aims to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty.
Blommer Chocolate Company is a cocoa processor and ingredient chocolate supplier in North America. With four strategically located manufacturing facilities in North America, the company provides comprehensive business solutions for domestic and international customers of all sizes in the confectionery, baking and dairy industries. Among Blommer’s core competencies are cocoa bean processing, chocolate manufacturing, commodity risk management, and product and process R&D.
COSTCO is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing its members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make shopping experiences a pleasurable one.
Douwe Egberts Foundation
DE Foundation is a non-for-profit organization. It shares a name and more than 250 years of coffee heritage and passion for coffee with the Douwe Egberts brand. It’s goal is to further the sustainability of mainstream coffee and tea (prevailing volumes and qualities); working in particular with small-scale producers.
Ferrero is an Italian manufacturer of chocolate and other confectionery products. It was founded by confectioner Pietro Ferrero in 1946 in Alba, Piedmont, Italy. The Ferrero Group worldwide – now headed by CEO Giovanni Ferrero – includes 38 trading companies, 18 factories and approximately 21,500 employees.
General Mills was founded in 1880 with Gold Medal flour, and has grown to become one of the world’s larger food companies, with offices or manufacturing facilities in more than 30 countries.
Nestlé produces some of Britain’s best loved brands such as Kit Kat, Nescafé, Smarties, Buxton, Go Cat and Shreddies. Nestlé is one of the UK and Ireland’s food industry’s major exporters, exporting over £346m worth of products every year to over 70 countries around the world.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods.Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents and personal care products. Unilever is one of the oldest multinational companies, its products are available in around 190 countries.
The Walmart Foundation meets the needs of the underserved by directing charitable giving toward their core areas of focus: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. The primary aims of the foundation are to globally enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.