What is the RCC?

The aim of the RCC is to be a pre-competitive group that supports existing industry efforts to drive environmental and social improvements in the cocoa sector. The RCC consists of ten members, and was founded in 2018 through the World Cocoa Foundation.

What does the RCC do?

The principle activity of the RCC is the Annual Trader Assessment. This is a robust process whereby major traders of cocoa, voted for by RCC members, are assessed on progress in cocoa sustainability, covering topics such as deforestation, traceability, gender equality, farmer incomes and child and forced labour.

Download the 2020 report here

Working together

As retailers, we are committed to high social and environmental standards in our supply chains. We are the public face of a broad range of commodity supply chains, typically representing many thousands of different food and non-food products.

Cocoa is of particular focus where retailers face challenges around social and environmental issues in complex cocoa supply chains.

Given the scale of the challenges, taking a collaborative approach will enable us as retailers to develop the most efficient and effective model for taking action.

This work will also support reporting requirements as signatories to the Cocoa and Forests Initiative.

Members

The RCC consists of ten retail members. For more information about joining, please click here.

Membership basics

  • The RCC is a non-competitive collaboration.
  • Full members are responsible for governance of the RCC’s activities.
  • Members share a commitment to ensure that the activities of the RCC are conducted in full accordance with competition law.
  • All members of the RCC agree that they shall not engage in any activity or conduct which could constitute a breach of competition law.
  • The RCC is supported by a 3rd party, 3Keel LLP, for technical advice and project co-ordination. This includes managing confidential individual trader and retail data.

About the Annual Trader Assessment

The principle activity of the RCC is the Annual Trader Assessment. This is a robust process whereby major traders of cocoa, voted for by the RCC members, are assessed on their progress in cocoa sustainability, covering topics such as deforestation, traceability, gender equality, farmer incomes and child and forced labour.

The assessment is conducted through a questionnaire designed collaboratively by retailers, with input from NGO experts. Distribution and verification of the assessment is conducted by 3Keel, who prepopulate questionnaires before sending to cocoa traders, are on hand to support with the completion of questions, and who then finally verify and score responses.

The assessment is currently in its second iteration, and results of the assessment are confidential to retail members.

Supported by experts

The RCC is supported by 3Keel LLP. 3Keel provide programme coordination and technical expertise to Members and Affiliates.

 

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Participation in the RCC is open to all retailers involved in the cocoa sector and committed to achieving zero deforestation and exploitation-free cocoa.

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