The main focus of the Consultative Board´s work is to establish a broadly accepted and supported concept of “sustainable cocoa economy”; to establish the ways and means to measure and to achieve progress towards reaching sustainability. Simultaneously the Board has been working on establishing a number of “building blocks” towards a sustainable world cocoa economy.
The Board has established a clear position for the benefit of the whole cocoa industry in relation to the use of pesticides, as defined in the Action Programme on Pesticides, together with recommendations on proper training and fumigation treatment.
The Board has also established a clear position on the application of tariffs, with a recommendation that all customs tariffs applied on imports of semi-finished products from origin countries should be zero and that the governments and authorities concerned should achieve a zero rate on customs tariffs as soon as possible.
The Board has established a recommendation, approved by the Council at its 30th special session in June 2005, in relation to abuses of child labour in cocoa growing.
One of the many important functions of the Consultative Board is to review and make recommendations on the many ongoing and proposed projects within ICCO, pursuant to its mandate to work towards a sustainable cocoa economy.
Details of the work of the Board can be found in the documents that are downloadable here.