The Prince of Wales has hailed a commitment by some of the world’s biggest chocolate producers to end the destruction of rainforests in their supply chains.
Charles spoke as he hosted a meeting of 12 businesses, from the Hershey Company to Mars Incorporated and Nestle, who signed a collective statement of intent to work towards the ending of the felling of trees in countries in Africa.
The Prince said: “There are many reasons for this being, intrinsically, the right thing to do.
“But perhaps the most powerful direct reason for action is that deforestation threatens to undermine the very resilience of the cocoa sector itself, and with it the livelihoods of the millions of smallholders who depend on it, due to the increased climate variability that follows forest loss.”
Ministers and senior government representatives of the two leading cocoa-producing countries – Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana – as well as from Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, Norway and the United Kingdom attended the meeting.
The event was organised by the Prince’s International Sustainability Unit, the World Cocoa Foundation and the Sustainable Trade Initiative.