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Mars Chocolate’s Plan to Empower Women in Cocoa Communities

Last December, Mars Chocolate released an expert third party assessment of gender and women’s empowerment within the western region of Côte d’Ivoire where we are pursuing a large cocoa development program.  As we noted then, we developed a gender outreach plan and are beginning implementation of the recommendations this year.  We look forward to reporting on our progress.

Mars Action Plan to Address Gender

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Improving Community Development Practices

As part of its Vision for Change program, Mars has been supporting Community-driven development activities in the Soubré region of western Côte d’Ivoire since 2011.  For some communities involved since the beginning, it is time to take stock of the activity.

Since the beginning of 2014, members of the ICRAF (International Center for Research on Agroforestry) implementation team have been conducting “capitalization” meetings with

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Mars Releases Assessment of Gender and Women’s Empowerment in Côte d’Ivoire’s Cocoa Sector

In April, Mars Chocolate signed the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles as a demonstration of our commitment to empowering women in the cocoa sector.  As part of our commitment to promoting the principle of “Mutuality”, Mars Chocolate commissioned an expert third party assessment of gender and women’s empowerment within the western region of Côte d’Ivoire where we are pursuing a large cocoa development program.

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Mars Chocolate and the International Labor Organization agree to Support the Child Monitoring Labor System of Côte d’Ivoire

In a first for Mars Chocolate, the company has entered into a public/private agreement with the International Labour Organization to introduce a Child Labor Monitoring System (CLMS) in select communities in the Soubré region of Côte d’Ivoire.  While Mars previously has supported the work of ILO and its division that specifically works on child labor, International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (IPEC)

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Mars’ Vision for Change Program Acknowledged by Ivorian Leaders to Address Worst Forms of Child Labor in Côte d’Ivoire

I last posted about a series of meetings in January involving representatives from the Governments of Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, officials of the US Department of Labor, the congressional offices of Tom Harkin and Eliot Engel and the global cocoa industry – the group which makes up the Child Labor Cocoa Coordinating Group (CLCCG). These meetings sought to address the continuing concerns around the persistence

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Mars presents Vision for Change to US and Cote d’Ivoire Governments

During the week of January 23rd, representatives from the Governments of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire met with officials of the US Department of Labor, the congressional offices of Tom Harkin and Eliot Engel as well as the global cocoa industry for a series of meetings aimed at identifying more innovative and collaborative ways to address the worst forms of child labor in

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U.S. Senator Tom Harkin Visits Ghana

One of the more intractable issues facing Mars and the entire cocoa industry is children on cocoa farms performing dangerous tasks or working instead of attending school. This is a high-profile issue that concerns social advocates and governments as well as customers and consumers. We share these concerns, and we don’t believe that the worst forms of child labor have any place in the

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Thoughts on our Work in Cote d’Ivoire

April 5, 2010 – As a member of the Mars Cocoa Sustainability Team, work in West Africa has always represented both a business and a personal challenge in terms of making significant and meaningful progress towards sustainability. Since our decision to focus greater effort in the world’s largest cocoa producer, Côte d’Ivoire, each of us has been determined to work in collaboration with the

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