Cocoa memberships & licences

Ascot Amsterdam prides itself on its partnerships with various crucial organisations in the worldwide cocoa chain.

Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC)

The CMC is the sole seller of Ghana’s cocoa to local processing companies, as well as the international market. It is a subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Board, established in 1961. The Company was incorporated in 1961 to perform the following functions: to promote, sell and deliver Ghana’s cocoa to both local cocoa processors and international traders and processors. To accept the delivery of Ghana’s cocoa and store it at its designated warehouses in Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi. To support the financing of Ghana’s cocoa sector by facilitating the annual syndicated loan arrangements and to ensure that sales proceeds are collected towards the repayment of the loan.

www.cocoamarketing.com

Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America (CMAA)

The Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America was founded in 1924. Its purpose is to foster the trade and welfare of the cocoa industry in the United States and by mutual cooperation and joint action promote the interests of those engaged in the business. To reform abuses, to secure freedom from unjust or unlawful exactions, to diffuse accurate and reliable information as to the standing of merchants and other matters, to procure uniformity and certainty in the trade, and to settle differences between its members.

www.cocoamerchants.com

Le Conceil du Café-Cocoa

This is the Coffee-Cocoa board of the Ivory Coast.

www.conseilcafecacao.ci

Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC)

The main aims of the Federation are to promote, protect and regulate the trade in cocoa beans and cocoa products and to support and safeguard the status and interests of its members. These objectives are principally delivered through their harmonized cocoa contract and arbitration services. The Federation continues to encourage uniformity in commercial trade practices and high standards of service from those involved in the cocoa supply chain.

www.cocoafederation.com

Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen Nederland (MVO)

MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands) is the national knowledge centre and network organisation for corporate social responsibility (CSR). It is the place to start for any entrepreneurs wishing to make their commercial operations sustainable.

www.mvonederland.nl

Nederlandse Cacao Sociëteit (NCS)

This is the Dutch Cocoa Association. Members include Dutch companies like trading houses, grinders, shipping companies, warehouse keepers, transport companies, et cetera, all of them involved in the cocoa industry. Twice a year the NCS organises a dinner at an alternating location.

UTZ Certified

UTZ CERTIFIED is convinced that increasing sustainability should also reinforce the independent position of farmers. This is why farmers are trained in the professionalisation of their agricultural practice and operational management. This improves the quality of their products and allows them to produce higher volumes at lower costs. This in turn enables the farmers to negotiate a better price for a better product and to improve their standard of living. Moreover, farmers who work with UTZ CERTIFIED in the global marketplace receive a premium for their crop and they don’t have to pay for taking part in the program.

www.utzcertified.org

Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour. We envision a world where people and the environment prosper together.

www.rainforest-alliance.org

FLO Fairtrade

FLO Fairtrade is designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows producers the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.

www.fairtrade.net

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