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Sustainable Cocoa Chain Programme

Volume 467: debated on Thursday 22 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) if he will make it his policy to facilitate a sustainable cocoa chain programme to eradicate child trafficking in the global cocoa industry; (165927)

(2) if he will make it his policy to provide financial support to the sustainable cocoa chain programme announced by Cargill and others on 10 October 2007.

The UK is committed to the development of fair and ethical supply chains in all sectors. We are supporting initiatives to increase the transparency of the supply chain and reduce the risk of child labour and trafficking. This includes promotion of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, which outline that the Government expect UK companies to contribute to the effective abolition of child labour. We also support responsible business through the work of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Fairtrade Foundation.

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not and has not been asked to provide financial support to the new programme announced by Cargill last month. We welcome initiatives from the private sector to support sustainable supply chains in cocoa and other sectors. We encourage co-ordination and co-operation between all those working on this issue.