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Women in Cocoa and Chocolate Forum (Berlin Room)

The (not so) secret recipe for a positive future for the cocoa sector: add more women!


Research from Harvard University, the World Bank, McKinsey, Solidaridad and Oxfam, to name but a few, shows that adding more women to any process results in improved innovation, teamwork, profits and overall positive impact. The cocoa sector is facing unprecedented challenges related to human rights, agronomy, responsible trade and climate change. Join us in Berlin during the World Cocoa Conference for a thought-provoking and engaging discussion about how adding more women to the mix, with a particular focus on the example of climate change, can help the sector face these challenges in innovative and powerful new ways. 

Solidaridad and Mondelēz International with its Cocoa Life team are pleased to invite you on Monday evening 23 April, right after the last plenary session of the formal programme of the ICCO conference WCC4, between 18.00 and 21.00 hrs. The event will take place in the Berlin Room in the Maritim Hotel.

Please complete free registration online for this event before Friday 20 April. 

Moderator of the evening; Mil Niepold - The Mara Partners

18.00    Welcome, drinks and bites
18.25    Opening, welcome word, Cathy Pieters - Mondelez International
18.30    Introduction of the theme, Boukje Theeuwes - Solidaridad
18.45    Keynote speaker, Andrew Bovarnick, Global Head of the Green Commodities Programme, UNDP
19.00    Inspirational speaker, Yaa Peprah Amekudzi, Director Cocoa Life Ghana, Mondelez International
19.15    Interactive group exercise and reflections
20.00    Wrap up of the evening, closing speech, group picture Caroline Lubbers - Solidaridad
20.15    Music, dance and drinks: networking time
21.00    End of the program

The network for Women in Cocoa & Chocolate (WINCC) connects professional women in the cocoa & chocolate value chain. WINCC engages them through a digital platform, annual events and working groups, inspiring them to take leadership in their sphere of influence - and increase their spheres of influence. 

Mondelēz International is happy to support WINCC and has been part of its inception. As one of the world’s largest chocolate companies, Mondelēz International has a unique responsibility to help transform the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. With Cocoa Life, a holistic, third party verified cocoa sustainability program, the company ensures a sustainable future for chocolate. Already reaching 120.500 farmers in 1085 communities by the end of 2017, our goal is to  transform the lives of 200.000 cocoa farmers and 1MM community members. Empowering women has always been a part of Cocoa Life’s program design and Mondelēz International believes empowering women and increasing women’s agency in cocoa farming communities is a catalyst for change and drives faster community development. 
Please register here online for this free event before Friday 20 April. 

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