Six cartes pour expliquer la crise du cacao en Côte d’Ivoire

Mighty s’est associé à MapHubs pour cartographier la déforestation liée à la culture du cacao en Côte d’Ivoire. Leo Bottrill et Kris Carle, les fondateurs de MapHubs, expliquent en six cartes comment cela a été rendu possible. Lire Plus

Rapport : Mensonges sous emballage

décembre 2018

Malgré les engagements pris l’an dernier par les grands chocolatiers en faveur d’un cacao sans déforestation, le dernier rapport de Mighty Earth révèle que la déforestation liée au cacao s’est poursuivie en Afrique de l’Ouest et s’est même intensifiée dans certains endroits. Lire Plus

Intervention rapide : rapport spécial cacao

Janvier 2020

90 % des forêts primaires d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont été détruites. Le rapport Intervention rapide utilise les données sur la déforestation enregistrée entre novembre 2017, date de la signature de l’ICF, et novembre 2019 pour évaluer les risques de déforestation liés au cacao dans sept coopératives certifiées de Côte d’Ivoire.

Stretching the possibilities for a sustainable rubber industry in 2020

The year 2020 has long held a prominent place in the popular imagination. For some, it has been pegged as a staging post for human progress in the modern era, often tied to aspirational global development targets and groundbreaking technological advances. For others, it has portended a dystopian future of post-apocalyptic chaos, ecocide, and the subjugation of humans by AI machines.

In reality, the dawn of 2020 sees the world in a mixed state of affairs. We have seen new technologies enter our daily lives that most of us wouldn’t have dreamt of even a decade ago, facilitating everything from faster communications to better medical treatments. And impressive progress has been made in many parts of the world in the fight against endemic hunger, disease and poverty.

Yet, at the same time, the health of our planet is in a perilous state. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, pushing us ever closer towards a tipping point of runaway global heating. And the Earth’s wondrous biodiversity – upon which we all depend – is diminishing at a catastrophic rate, largely due to human activity. Our increased technological sophistication has arguably not been accompanied with any greater collective wisdom as a species about how we value, respect and manage nature.

One of the critical threats to both natural habitats and the planet’s delicate climate balance is the loss of tropical forests, which are home to roughly half of the terrestrial species on Earth, and act as a massive sink for carbon dioxide.  Although the loss of these precious ecosystems is down to a combination of factors, one of the main drivers of deforestation has been the production of forest and agricultural commodities including palm oil, soy, beef, cocoa, cane sugar and natural rubber.

Complex supply chains have been constructed and maintained by large corporations to transform raw agricultural and forest commodities into finished consumer goods, generally exported for global markets. These companies are crucial to international efforts to protect tropical forest ecosystems. Consumer country governments in North America and Europe have largely failed to regulate to prevent “embedded deforestation” in imported goods; while some governments in tropical regions lack either the capacity, or political will, to protect their forests.

It is for this reason that Mighty Earth, while always seeking to hold governments to account and pushing for stronger environmental laws and regulations, also engages robustly with private sector companies that produce, trade, process and sell agricultural and forest commodities originating from the tropics. Getting companies to adopt sustainable sourcing and processing practices is essential for ensuring the long-term future of tropical woodland habitats.

A great example of this is natural rubber. Used predominantly in tires – but also in consumer goods such as shoes, garden hoses, condoms, outdoor clothing, and basketballs – natural rubber is derived from latex tapped from the hevea brasiliensis tree grown exclusively in tropical forest ecosystems, mainly in Asia.

Neglected as a driver of deforestation until recent years, companies within the natural rubber global value chain largely flew under the public radar. This started to change in the last 10 years, when campaign groups such as Global Witness began to highlight widespread deforestation, land grabbing and serious human rights abuses linked to the expansion of rubber plantations in Southeast Asia. This also elevated the work of local civil society organisations (CSOs) in the region that had long been resisting the often highly aggressive incursions of rubber companies onto community land and forests – work which Mighty Earth continues to support today.

Since that time, a number of companies operating within the natural rubber industry have woken up to the challenges of ensuring rubber is produced and processed in ways which don’t damage the environment, harm vulnerable local communities, or exploit small farmers, workers and indigenous people.  Many have sought to engage with CSOs to understand and grapple with the risks they face, and develop “Zero deforestation” and “No exploitation” corporate policies and practices.

In March 2019, a number of companies representing rubber producers, processors, tire makers, and auto manufacturers founded a joint platform along with a group of CSOs, including Mighty Earth, with the goal of making the rubber industry fully sustainable. The new body, the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) has since been working collaboratively to devise concrete measures to transform the industry. This includes everything from creating a future vision, or “desired state,” to looking at systems for increasing transparency, traceability and accountability throughout rubber supply chains, to developing company policy guidance for sustainable rubber procurement, to improved capacity building for both large and small scale growers.

As we approach the anniversary of the GPSNR in March 2020, we can reflect on the fact that a lot of good work has been done in the first year of its existence. This is both in terms of concrete outputs, as well as in the evolution of increasing trust and cooperation between the different stakeholders on the Platform. Nonetheless, we recognise that much more remains to be done. Some companies within the GPSNR still do not have their own internal sustainable rubber policies, which is highly problematic.  In addition, a key pillar of the GPSNR – an effective grievance mechanism to call out companies that violate the principles, codes and policies of GPSNR – is still undeveloped. Also troubling is that the Platform does not yet appear close to devising effective systems for monitoring the performance of its members with regards to sustainability. Furthermore, no companies from the world’s largest rubber market, China, currently participate in the GPSNR.

External challenges also remain. As with other tropical forest and agricultural commodities, some countries where rubber is produced suffer from endemic corruption and poor enforcement of forest protection laws and community land rights. In addition, low rubber prices create immense challenges for smallholder farmers, or even larger companies, to invest in new systems, technologies and practices for improving the sustainability of rubber cultivation.

Despite these challenges, we remain positively engaged in GPSNR, including its working groups and Executive Committee, and believe we can build on the momentum created in 2019. Mighty Earth’s vision for 2020 is to see all GPSNR member companies adopting sustainable natural rubber policies, the establishment of a credible grievance mechanism, the development of effective monitoring systems, participation of smallholder farmer representatives in the Platform, and the integration of Chinese companies.

We will also be supporting GPSNR’s efforts to deliver tools for increased supply chain traceability and transparency, such as the SPOTT transparency toolkit initiative, with all member companies fully disclosing key information on the origins and sustainability of their natural rubber within a year. We also hope 2020 will be the year when GPSNR members will step up boldly to call for regulation, as the bulk of the cocoa industry has done, as well as key parts of the coffee sector. The rubber industry can help build momentum towards binding, fair, effective regulation that creates a level playing field, where forward-looking companies are not penalized by having to compete with rogue actors who don’t respect the environment or human rights.

We believe all these things and more are achievable in 2020, and will continue to try to stretch the possibilities for transforming the natural rubber industry this year.

The future of rubber starts now!

Tyson: Keep Your Promise

To mark the one year anniversary of Tyson Foods’ announcement of a partnership to implement its sustainable feed sourcing commitment, Mighty Earth Campaign Director Lucia von Reusner released the following statement:

One year ago, Tyson Foods announced it would begin implementing its critically important commitment to improve farming practices on 2 million acres of U.S. corn used in animal feed by 2020. Mighty Earth subsequently decided to halt its campaign urging Tyson to clean up water pollution caused by its vast animal feed supply chain, recognizing that change takes time.

Mighty Earth’s investigations into corporate pledges to end deforestation by 2020 have found an alarming lack of follow-through, with companies continuing to fund suppliers known to be burning forests around the world. However, since its announcement, Tyson has provided no further detail or reporting on its commitment. At a time when the public is rightly skeptical of corporate sustainability initiatives that accountability or visible action, such silence is unacceptable.

As Tyson’s 2020 deadline approaches, it is critical that the company report on its progress toward improving farming practices for U.S corn.

Today, on the anniversary of its much-publicized commitment, we are calling on Tyson to provide a public update with concrete information that includes: the locations and total number of acres engaged, the practices implemented and environmental outcomes achieved for those acres (with a particular focus on reducing nutrient runoff), and specific methods for tracking and verifying environmental improvements. This information is necessary for customers, employees, local communities, and shareholders to know where and how Tyson is delivering on its sustainability promise.

Tyson Foods has a long track record as one of the most polluting companies in America. Overcoming this reputation will require transparency and clear evidence of verifiable changes that are reported to the public.

Join us in urging Tyson to keep its promise, sign the petition!


Mighty Earth “Cocoa Accountability Map” Brings Unprecedented Transparency to Cocoa Industry in Côte d’Ivoire

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Interactive map includes never-before-released information, including locations of Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade certified co-ops and sourcing information for major chocolate companies.

In a historic first, Mighty Earth today announced the public release of its Cocoa Accountability Map for Côte d’Ivoire, an interactive map and integrated database covering almost 5,000 cocoa co-ops in the world’s largest cocoa-producing country.

Datasets included in the Cocoa Accountability Map that have never before been made public include the lists of co-ops certified by Rainforest Alliance/UTZ and Fairtrade International as well as supply chain info tracking Hershey’s and Cemoi chocolate down to the co-op level. Co-op information for chocolate giants like Lindt, Nestle, Valhrona, and others are also included.

“For the first time, companies and certification organizations have made their supply chain information available, allowing us – and now anyone, anywhere – to trace cocoa better and faster,” said Mighty Earth Senior Campaign Director Etelle Higonnet. “In an industry still battling the scourges of child labor and deforestation, transparency is a vital first step to accountability and improvement. The Cocoa Accountability Map is essentially doing what the industry and government promised they would do two years ago: create a joint monitoring mechanism for cocoa. They didn’t do it, so we are doing it for them.”

Mighty Earth’s Cocoa Accountability Map will break new ground and bring an unprecedented level of transparency to the cocoa industry. The map:

  • Shows deforestation alerts nationwide in Côte d’Ivoire and will refresh automatically every 2 weeks, using the IMAGES platform from Vivid Economics and Remote Sensing Applications Consultants, a tool sponsored by the UK Space Agency.
  • Shows the land-use for approximately 1/3 of the cocoa region and will expand to cover the entire country by around March
  • Shows almost all the cocoa co-ops in the country, with almost 5,000 included along with information such as:
    • Name, contact information, number of farmers, area covered, and registration number of the co-op;
    • Whether or not the co-op is certified by Rainforest Alliance/UTZ or Fairtrade International;
    • How close each co-op is to a protected area;
    • And, vitally, who the co-op sells to, wherever we were given that information. Mighty Earth has incorporated supply chain info down to the co-op level for Lindt, Cemoi, Nestle, Hershey’s, Valhrona, and others. Mars has begun the process of providing its information. Certain companies such as Blommer refused to embrace traceability and publish supply chain information. Some companies like ECOM have pledged to do so but have not been as fast as Nestle and others.

“The Cocoa Accountability Map will be a tremendous tool in helping to clean up the cocoa industry,” said Higonnet. “The government and industry can use this directly to check sourcing of their materials. A journalist can use this map to see where deforestation is happening before going to investigate the problem on the ground. An activist can conduct research into a problem like child labor or deforestation and then use the map to quickly get a sense of who might be buying the resultant goods. It’s a game-changer.”

“We applaud the companies that have participated and thank the government of Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Agriculture and Conseil Café Cacao for their courageous leadership in providing the information about their thousands of co-ops, but more must be done. The governments of Ghana, Ecuador, and Cameroon must take similar steps to increase transparency – it is a real shame that Ghana is so far behind Côte d’Ivoire now. Companies like Ferrero and Touton, which never responded to our request for co-op data, must follow suit. And companies like Blommer Chocolate, which flat-out refused to participate, must modernize their thinking and embrace the transparency revolution sweeping their industry. Most crucially, the three largest traders – Barry Callebaut, Cargill, and Olam – must disclose the co-ops they source from.”

Mighty Earth has released this new transparency tool just ahead of the peak deforestation season in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana – January to March – and ahead of a key meeting taking place, where major donors and Ivorian and Ghanaian government officials will be meeting to discuss the future of monitoring deforestation for the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI). The Cocoa Accountability Map is a growing, evolving, and continuously improving tool – any and all additional information sent to Mighty Earth to complete the data will be welcome.

Interactive Map Sets New Standard for Cocoa Transparency and Accountability

For two years now, the cocoa industry and government of Cote d’Ivoire have promised in vain to develop joint monitoring mechanisms, in order to make good on their “Cocoa & Forests Initiative” November 2017 promise of ending deforestation in cocoa. They pledged the “Adoption of a transparent satellite-based monitoring system, the results of which are independently validated, and which provide a deforestation alert, complemented with ground-truthing, as soon as possible upon signature of this Framework, which will be made publicly available for all stakeholders to measure and monitor progress on the overall deforestation target.” This has not happened yet.

Failure to monitor has real impacts. Without data, without knowledge about the problem of forest destruction, without clarity on supply chains, much-needed solutions have remained incomplete or illusory. During the two long years since the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI) came into being and monitoring was promised, many more forests have been lost, with Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire in fact boasting the top two increases in rates of deforestation in the world in 2018. Rather than ending deforestation, these countries in a way became the two world champions in the realm of speeding up deforestation.

A new peak deforestation season is upon us. Every year, in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, January through March represents the most dangerous and destructive time of year for forests.

We at Mighty Earth could not let this high-risk season go by without trying to do the basic work of a joint monitoring mechanism, to the best of our ability. The new Cocoa Accountability Map seeks to spark a revolution in traceability and transparency in the Ivorian cocoa industry, in the hopes that this trend of openness will spread throughout the country – the world’s top cocoa producer – and then to Ghana and beyond. Our map combines information about where deforestation is taking place, where cocoa is located, where purchase points called “cooperatives” are located, and who is certifying or buying from those cocoa cooperatives.

Happily, we were not alone. The Ivorian Ministry of Agriculture and Conseil Café Cacao participated by publishing information on thousands of coop locations, names, and contacts. We urge Ghana, Ecuador, Cameroon, and other cocoa-producing governments to take the same bold step.

Moreover, for the very first time, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, and Fair Trade courageously provided us with information on all Ivorian coops they certified. Indeed, UTZ even provided information on coops that were de-certified. Beyond this, progressive companies such as Lindt, Nestle, Hershey’s, Cemoi, Puratos, Halba, and AlterEco, also published some or all of the coops they source from in Cote d’Ivoire. We call on these actors to deepen their leadership and make this traceability global by publishing all the cocoa coops they source from, directly or indirectly, updated annually, worldwide.

Other companies like Mars and ECOM indicated that they will soon publish the information regarding which cocoa coops they source from in Cote d’Ivoire and beyond. We urge them to do so as rapidly as possible. Forests are being felled for cocoa every passing day in West and Central Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and without the full cooperation of all major cocoa and chocolate companies, impunity will thrive and accountability will be harder to achieve for the sector.

Still more companies have not yet answered one way or the other, such as Ferrero, Mondelez, Olam, or Touton – or like Blommer, which outright refused to participate in this level of transparency on their supply chains. We ask these groups what they are hiding, and call on them to become good corporate citizens and to embrace traceability, now. Every company is needed. Crimes and abuses thrive in opacity, just as solutions thrive in the sunlight.

In addition, Mighty Earth implores all donors currently funding relevant mapping exercises: public money must go to public good. If you are financing satellite providers or analysts currently working on landuse maps or deforestation alerts, their information must be open to the public.

Moreover, we call on all stakeholders in all cocoa-producing countries, whether they be in industry, government, or civil society, to assist Mighty Earth in helping the traceability revolution to flourish. This can become a crowdsourcing exercise in the best sense of the word. Though our map is by no means perfect now, since many elements remain incomplete and we rely on others to provide accurate data, we hope and believe that with more actors coming together to help, it will be possible to continuously improve the map. This map can be handed over for free to parties staffing the long-promised joint monitoring mechanism for Cote d’Ivoire, once it is up and running. Until that mechanism is established, we at Mighty Earth will do our best to continue to work towards accountability and reporting.

A few words about the map itself. First: The deforestation alerts on this map refresh automatically every two weeks. (It will be vital for the Ivorian monitoring system, once it is set up, to step up vigilance during the January – March peak deforestation season, and to prioritize engagement in risky areas near protected areas and near new deforestation alerts.) Second: The land use elements of this map show which crops can be found where. This currently covers one third of the cocoa belt, but will extend to cover all the cocoa belt by around March 2020 (providing useful information not only to the cocoa sector but also to other forest-risk commodities such as palm oil and rubber). Ideally the land use elements of this map will eventually allow for differentiating between full-sun monoculture cocoa vs more earth-friendly shade-grown cocoa, called “agroforestry”. Third: Certification elements of this map are near-complete though they will be reviewed to ensure no errors have been made. Fourth: The map delineates boundaries of national parks amongst other ecologically important areas, and will add in what are considered locally to be “sacred forests” if possible, through community mapping. Fifth: Coop data and supply chain information about which companies is buying from which coops, will be continuously improved, as new information is made available by the government and industry. Together, we will have the ability to transparently monitor and stop deforestation, and ensure that CFI signatories detect where cocoa farms are expanding into forested lands so they can immediately stop it, and remedy the deforestation.

As we move into the future: a successful monitoring system must not only analyze and visualize deforestation/cocoa/supply chain data all the way down to the farm level (which is even further than the coop level), but also engage in field visits, and maintain a system of accountability for wrongdoing where companies and entities involved in buying or selling deforestation cocoa compensate for and remedy harms found in their supply chains. We hope that all deforestation monitoring mechanisms worldwide will also address child labor and human rights issues which often go hand in hand with environmental abuses, and that the mechanisms will be established so that they can easily communicate with each other and share information across databases, with compatible systems.

Several companies are already doing this kind of monitoring for their own supply chains, leading to duplication of efforts and wasted money and time. By acting together and combining forces, we can achieve harmonization, cost-savings, and efficiency in one unified database.

We at Mighty Earth have done the best we could with what we had. We now urge the industry, governments, civil society, and donors to join us, and help move the needle for an even better traceability and transparency revolution in chocolate.

La « Carte responsabilité pour le cacao » de Mighty Earth instaure une transparence sans précédent dans le secteur du cacao en Côte d’Ivoire

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Cette carte interactive comporte des informations inédites, comme les emplacements des coopératives certifiées Rainforest Alliance et Fairtrade et des informations sur les sources d’approvisionnement des principales entreprises de chocolat

WASHINGTON, DC ET ABIDJAN, CÔTE D’IVOIRE — Mighty Earth a annoncé aujourd’hui la publication de sa Carte responsabilité pour le cacao pour la Côte d’Ivoire. Cette carte interactive, associée à une base de données intégrée listant près de 5 000 coopératives de cacao dans le plus grand pays producteur de cacao au monde constitue une première historique.

Les jeux de données inclus dans la Carte responsabilité pour le cacao sont inédits. Ils comprennent les listes des coopératives certifiées par Rainforest Alliance/UTZ et Fairtrade International ainsi que des informations retraçant la chaîne d’approvisionnement en chocolat de Hershey’s et Cémoi jusqu’au niveau de la coopérative. Des informations sur les coopératives de géants du chocolat comme Lindt, Nestlé, Valhrona et d’autres sociétés y figurent également.

« Pour la première fois, des entreprises et des organismes de certification ont mis à disposition des informations sur leur chaîne d’approvisionnement. Ceci nous permet, et permet maintenant à tous et partout, d’améliorer la traçabilité du cacao et plus rapidement », a déclaré Etelle Higonnet, directrice de campagne senior pour Mighty Earth. « Dans un secteur qui lutte encore contre les fléaux du travail des enfants et de la déforestation, la transparence est un premier pas essentiel vers une responsabilisation de l’industrie et une amélioration de ses pratiques. En substance, la Carte responsabilité pour le cacao fait ce que le secteur du chocolat et le gouvernement ont promis de faire il y a deux ans : créer un mécanisme conjoint de surveillance pour le cacao. Comme ils ne l’ont pas fait, nous le faisons pour eux. »

La Carte responsabilité pour le cacao de Mighty Earth ouvrira de nouvelles perspectives et apportera un niveau de transparence sans précédent dans le secteur du cacao. La carte :

  • Indique les alertes de déforestation pour l’ensemble de la Côte d’Ivoire et se réactualise automatiquement toutes les deux semaines à l’aide de la plateforme IMAGES de Vivid Economics et de Remote Sensing Applications Consultants, un outil financé par l’Agence spatiale du Royaume-Uni.
  • Indique l’occupation des sols pour près d’un tiers de la région productrice de cacao, avec une couverture de l’ensemble de la Côte d’Ivoire prévue pour mars prochain ;
  • Indique la quasi-totalité des coopératives de cacao du pays, avec près de 5 000 coopératives répertoriées et des informations telles que :
    • Le nom, les coordonnées, le nombre de cultivateurs, la superficie couverte et le numéro d’enregistrement de la coopérative ;
    • La certification ou non de la coopérative par Rainforest Alliance/UTZ, ou Fairtrade International ;
    • La proximité de chaque coopérative par rapport à une aire protégée ;
  • Et, point essentiel, les clients de la coopérative, quelle que soit la source de cette information. Mighty Earth a intégré des renseignements sur la chaîne d’approvisionnement jusqu’au niveau de la coopérative pour Lindt, Cémoi, Nestlé, Hershey’s, Valhrona et d’autres sociétés. Mars a commencé à fournir ses informations. Certaines entreprises telles que Blommer ont refusé d'adopter la traçabilité et de publier des informations sur leur chaîne d'approvisionnement.

« La Carte responsabilité pour le cacao sera un outil formidable pour aider le secteur du cacao à assainir sa chaîne d’approvisionnement, poursuit Etelle Higonnet. Le gouvernement et le secteur du cacao peuvent s’en servir pour vérifier facilement la provenance de leur matière première. Une journaliste peut utiliser cette carte pour voir où la déforestation a lieu avant de se rendre sur le terrain pour mener son enquête. Un activiste peut faire des recherches sur un sujet comme le travail des enfants ou la déforestation puis utiliser la carte pour avoir rapidement une idée de qui pourrait acheter les produits qui en résultent. Ça change la donne ».

« Nous félicitons les entreprises qui ont participé et nous remercions le ministère ivoirien de l’Agriculture et le Conseil Café Cacao qui en fournissant des informations sur leurs milliers de coopératives ont fait preuve d’un courageux leadership. Mais il faut faire plus. Les gouvernements du Ghana, de l’Équateur et du Cameroun doivent prendre des mesures semblables pour améliorer leur transparence — il est vraiment dommage que le Ghana se retrouve à la traîne par rapport à la Côte d’Ivoire. Des entreprises comme Ferrero et Touton, qui n’ont jamais répondu à notre demande de données sur les coopératives, doivent emboîter le pas. Et des entreprises comme Blommer Chocolate, qui ont catégoriquement refusé de participer, doivent moderniser leur mode de pensée et se rallier à la révolution de la transparence qui secoue leur secteur. Plus important encore, les trois plus grands négociants, Barry Callebaut, Cargill et Olam, doivent rendre publics les noms des coopératives auprès desquelles ils s’approvisionnent ».

Mighty Earth a également lancé un appel à l’action pour ce secteur. « La World Cocoa Foundation, l’Association européenne pour le cacao et Caobisco doivent élaborer un protocole à l’échelle de la filière afin de rendre public l’ensemble des données sur les fournisseurs des sociétés d’ici le 30 mars, a déclaré Etelle Higonnet. En outre, nous demandons à la GISCO et à toutes les autres plateformes du même ordre d’obliger d’ici le 30 mars toute entreprise membre à divulguer ses données sur ses fournisseurs en remontant jusqu’à la coopérative de cacao ».

Mighty Earth a publié ce nouvel outil de transparence juste avant le début du pic saisonnier de déforestation en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana — de janvier à mars — et avant la tenue d’une importante réunion au cours de laquelle les principaux investisseurs et les représentants des gouvernements ivoirien et ghanéen se rencontreront pour débattre de l’avenir du suivi de la déforestation dans le cadre de l’Initiative Cacao et Forêts (ICF). La Carte responsabilité pour le cacao est un outil en croissance, en évolution et en amélioration constantes — toute information supplémentaire envoyée à Mighty Earth pour compléter ses données sera la bienvenue.

Rapid Response Special Report - Cocoa

January 2020

Ninety percent of West Africa’s primary forests have been destroyed. This Rapid Response report uses deforestation data between November 2017, when the CFI was signed, and November 2019 to assess cocoa-related deforestation risks in seven certified cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.

Report: Behind the Wrapper

December 2018

Despite the chocolate industry’s pledge to cease sourcing cocoa linked to deforestation one year ago, a new Mighty Earth report finds that deforestation in West Africa for cocoa has continued, and in some cases has increased.

Mighty Earth's Etelle Higonnet Named to France's National Order of Merit

French President Emmanuel Macron has named Mighty Earth Senior Campaign Director Etelle Higonnet (bio) a Chevalier of France’s Ordre national du Mérite (National Order of Merit), honoring her for her work to protect the environment. Mighty Earth Chairman Henry Waxman and CEO Glenn Hurowitz released the following statements celebrating the news.

Mighty Earth Chairman and former Congressman Henry Waxman:

"Etelle’s accomplishments – including transforming the cocoa industry and her pioneering legal work to drive major French and international companies to address serious human rights and environmental issues throughout their supply chains – are extraordinary. She is an inspiration to the team, a model for effective advocacy, and a truly wonderful person. I am so pleased that France has recognized her with this prestigious honor.

"At a time when too many governments are shirking their duty to protect the environment and address the climate crisis, Etelle is a force both of and for nature. I am honored to work alongside her and offer my sincere congratulations."

Mighty Earth CEO Glenn Hurowitz:

"Etelle is a towering figure in the global movement to protect the world’s forests, solve the climate crisis, and advance fundamental human rights.

"Etelle has been able to drive the transformation of some of the biggest industries in the world – cocoa, rubber, soy, and more – because of the way she combines her irresistible reservoir of moral force with a charm that inspires organizations, governments, and even cynical corporate executives to want to change.

"It is fitting that she has been awarded the Order of Merit. Those who do this work best do it not for external recognition but to have an impact on the world, and that is triply true of Etelle. But that kind of selfless commitment deserves celebration, and we hope that Etelle will serve as an example that will inspire many more people to understand the extraordinary changes that a combination of commitment and intelligence can achieve."

Tax Giveaways to Dirty Biodiesel Will Accelerate Climate Change

Last night, Congressional leaders of both parties agreed to a plan that extends tax support to several industries. The “tax extenders” package renews a slew of short-term tax credits, including those for wind production, energy efficiency, biomass and biodiesel. This set of tax credits is expected to pass this week, as an add-on to must-pass spending bills. At approximately $3 billion/year for five years, the biodiesel tax credit is both the longest in duration and most expensive credit offered as part of this package. In response, Mighty Earth Campaign Director Rose Garr released the following statement:

“The extension of the biodiesel tax credit is a $15 billion mistake that wastes taxpayer money and worsens the twin crises of climate change and mass extinction. The agribusinesses backing biodiesel have continued to mislead policymakers and the public about the true emissions cost of biodiesel, but they cannot hide from the science. From a climate perspective, there’s simply no significant difference between most biodiesel and fossil fuels.

“Biodiesel is not a feel-good, Earth-friendly fuel, it just masquerades as one. Over a decade ago, biodiesel may have been synonymous with Willie Nelson’s tour bus, supplied by used cooking-oil recyclers diligently rounding up used oil. It’s a nice story, and one that has been happily propagated by the huge agribusinesses that grow soy, corn, and palm for most biodiesel production.

“The reality is that biomass fuel and biodiesel from food crops are pushing new agricultural expansion in Latin America and Asia, where tropical forests are disappearing under the onslaught of mega-farms. When land use and forest conversion are fully considered, the climate impact of biodiesel rivals or even exceeds that of oil and gas. California and the European Union already recognize that soy biodiesel – the majority of US biodiesel stock – offers no climate advantage. We don’t have another 5 years or $15 billion to waste.And biomass tax credits actually promote burning forests for electricity – an idea so clearly detrimental to the planet that any taxpayer support for this energy source is an affront to the idea of environmental stewardship.

“By ignoring recent evidence and extending these biodiesel and biomass tax credits, congressional Republicans and Democrats alike have shown that they are a decade behind in their thinking. Our leaders must be as diligent in rooting out false saviors as they are in pursuing real climate solutions.”

Directeur Europa -- Campagne voor de bossen in Latijns-Amerika

Directeur Europa -- Campagne voor de bossen in Latijns-Amerika

Mighty Earth, een wereldwijde organisatie voor milieucampagnes, zoekt kandidaten voor de functie van Directeur Europa voor onze campagne voor de bossen in Latijns-Amerika. We zijn op zoek naar een getalenteerde campagnevoerder en teambuilder met de juiste ervaring en strategische vaardigheden in belangenbehartiging en communicatie voor het leiden van onze op Europese markten gebaseerde campagne van miljoenen dollars om de bossen, savannes en rechten van de inheemse bevolking van Latijns-Amerika te beschermen tegen de industriële landbouw. Als u bevlogen bent over klimaatverandering, geraakt werd door de tragische branden in het Amazonegebied, en het wilt opnemen tegen grote industriële boosdoeners als Ahold, JBS en Cargill, dan is dit de ideale functie voor u.

Wie wij zijn: Mighty Earth is een wereldwijde campagneorganisatie die zich inzet voor de bescherming van tropische bossen, oceanen en het klimaat, en onze medewerkers zijn over de hele wereld gevestigd. We hebben een leidende rol gespeeld bij het overtuigen van ‘s werelds grootste voedsel- en landbouwbedrijven om een beleid te voeren om ontbossing en schending van de mensenrechten uit hun toeleveringsketens te elimineren, en hebben de invoering van een verschuiving van miljarden dollars naar schone energie gestimuleerd. Onze voorzitter, voormalig Amerikaans congreslid Henry Waxman, is verantwoordelijk voor een aantal van de belangrijkste milieuwetten van de afgelopen 50 jaar, met name de herautorisatie in 1990 van de Clean Air Act en de Safe Drinking Water Act.

Achtergrondinformatie over de positie: In 2016 hebben we een groot project gelanceerd om de bossen, savannes en rechten van de inheemse bevolking van Latijns-Amerika te beschermen, met de nadruk op het doorbreken van de link tussen industriële landbouw en ontbossing. Door middel van creatieve, indringende campagnes en slimme onderhandelingen heeft Mighty Earth belangrijke vooruitgang geboekt: we hebben drie van de vijf grootste sojabedrijven in Latijns-Amerika weten te overtuigen een krachtig beleid te voeren om ontbossing uit hun toeleveringsketens te elimineren.

Als de Directeur Europa — Campagne voor de bossen in Latijns-Amerika, zult u de Europese portefeuille van onze wereldwijde campagne om de bossen in Latijns-Amerika te beschermen tegen ontbossing voor vee en veevoer uitbreiden en leiden, en helpen om de weg naar koolstofarme landbouw in kaart te brengen. Deze positie en de campagne hebben een enorm groeipotentieel.

Uw verantwoordelijkheden omvatten:

  • Het aansturen van een grootschalige internationale campagne om de vleesindustrie te transformeren om de ontbossing te beëindigen, om regeneratieve landbouwpraktijken aan te nemen en om over te schakelen naar plantaardige eiwitten.
  • Het ontwikkelen en implementeren van effectieve plannen en strategieën om de campagnedoelstellingen te bereiken, door communicatie, online, veld- en grassrootsactiviteiten te integreren in een zeer strategische campagne.
  • Het opbouwen van ondersteuning door, coördinatie van en samenwerking met strategische partners in de belangrijkste Europese markten.
  • In gesprek gaan met CEO’s en overheidsfunctionarissen op hoog niveau om milieuvriendelijke beleidslijnen te ondersteunen.
  • Nauw samenwerken met het hele Latijns-Amerikaanse team van Mighty Earth om de algemene strategische doelstellingen te bevorderen.
  • Het genereren van media-aandacht door middel van rapportverslagen, evenementen en persconferenties in belangrijke mediamarkten, door middel van een strategisch mediaplan en het opbouwen van relaties met verslaggevers bij belangrijke mediakanalen.
  • Het adviseren van internationale overheden, liefdadigheidsinstellingen en andere donoren.

Wie u bent:

  • U hebt minimaal 8 jaar ervaring, met een achtergrond in succesvolle campagnes voor het bepleiten van maatschappelijke problemen of grassroots organiseren. U hebt ervaring in het trainen en leiden van personeel, bij voorkeur werkend in een afgelegen omgeving.
  • U bent bevlogen over milieuproblemen zoals klimaatverandering, het beschermen van tropische regenwouden en voedselvraagstukken.
  • U hebt uitstekende mondelinge en schriftelijke communicatievaardigheden.
  • U hebt ervaring in de communicatie met bedrijfsleiders op hoog niveau en/of gekozen functionarissen.
  • U houdt ervan om relaties op te bouwen en tijd door te brengen via de telefoon en video met veel verschillende soorten mensen, zoals interne medewerkers, CEO’s, maatschappelijke organisaties, de media, en meer.
  • U kunt netwerken en coalities opbouwen in verschillende belangengroepen.
  • U hebt ervaring met het ontwikkelen van een campagnestrategie en het uitzoeken hoe besluitvormers tot actie gebracht kunnen worden. U bent zeer creatief, flexibel en slim en kunt een onconventionele aanpak bedenken.
  • U kunt zich nieuwe onderwerpen en gebieden snel eigen maken.
  • U schrijft graag en kunt complexe informatie gebruiken voor het creëren van materialen en rapporten.
  • U kunt een budget optimaal benutten voor een maximale programmatische opbrengst.
  • U bent internationale georiënteerd. U hebt ervaring met en bent toegewijd aan het werken met mensen uit een verscheidenheid aan achtergronden, waaronder verschillende etnische, raciale en religieuze gemeenschappen.
  • Vloeiend Engels is vereist. Aanvullende taalvaardigheden, waaronder Frans, Nederlands, Duits, Portugees, Spaans, Chinees of andere Europese talen zijn een pluspunt, maar niet noodzakelijk.
  • Deskundigheid op het gebied van ontbossing en landbouwvraagstukken is een pluspunt, maar niet vereist.
  • Bekendheid met en connecties in Latijns-Amerika zijn een pluspunt, maar niet noodzakelijk.

Meer over ons team: Mighty Earth bestaat uit mensen met verschillende achtergronden, waaronder non-profit belangengroepen, verkiezingscampagnes, bedrijven die zich bezighouden met publieke zaken, de particuliere sector en wetgevende instanties, op verschillende ervaringsniveaus. We zijn er trots op dat we een gastvrije plek bieden voor mensen van elke huidskleur, leden van de LGBTQ-gemeenschap, ouders, lege-nesters en meer.

Details: Dit is een fulltime positie die in Berlijn, Amsterdam of Parijs kan zijn gevestigd. De functie omvat een aanzienlijke hoeveelheid internationale reizen. U rapporteert aan onze Senior Director for Forests en werkt nauw samen met onze senior medewerkers. Kandidaten zijn verplicht zich te houden aan alle openbaarmakingsvereisten van de Amerikaanse overheid.

Deadline voor sollicitatie: Dien uw sollicitatie zo snel mogelijk in. Voeg een doordachte begeleidende brief bij die verband legt met onze missie en uw schrijfvaardigheid aantoont en laat ons ook weten waar u over deze functie hebt gehoord.

Salaris en arbeidsvoorwaarden: Ons compensatiepakket is concurrerend en evenredig met ervaring en we kunnen uw compensatieverwachtingen al vroeg in het sollicitatieproces bespreken.

Mighty Earth is een werkgever die gelijke kansen biedt; wij verbieden ten strengste discriminatie tegen een werknemer of sollicitant op grond van ras, geloof, huidskleur, geslacht, religie, nationale herkomst, leeftijd, seksuele geaardheid, handicap, genderidentiteit of -uitdrukking of enig andere wettelijk beschermde kenmerken. Vrouwen, mensen met een getinte huidskleur en leden van de LGBTQ-gemeenschap worden sterk aangemoedigd om te solliciteren.

Europäischer Direktor (m/w/d) – Kampagne zum Schutz lateinamerikanischer Wälder

Europäischer Direktor (m/w/d) – Kampagne zum Schutz lateinamerikanischer Wälder

Die globale Umweltschutzorganisation Mighty Earth nimmt derzeit Bewerbungen für die Position des Direktors (m/w/d) für unsere Kampagne zum Schutz lateinamerikanischer Wälder entgegen. Wir suchen einen talentierten Aktivisten und Teambuilder mit der Erfahrung und den strategischen Fähigkeiten im Bereich der Organisation von Interessen und der Kommunikation, um eine in den europäischen Märkten basierte Multimillionen-Kampagne zum Schutz lateinamerikanischer Wälder, Savannen und indigener Rechte gegen die industrielle Landwirtschaft zu leiten. Sind Sie Feuer und Flamme für den Klimaschutz? Machen die Brände im Amazonas Sie heiß und möchten Sie es mit den großen industriellen Schuldigen wie Ahold, JBS und Cargill aufnehmen? Dann könnte diese Position die richtige für Sie sein.

Wer wir sind: Mighty Earth ist eine globale Umweltorganisation, die sich für den Schutz der Tropenwälder sowie den Meeres- und Klimaschutz einsetzt und Mitarbeiter rund um den Globus anstellt. Wir spielen eine Schlüsselrolle darin, die weltweit größten Agrar- und Lebensmittelkonzerne zu überzeugen, Maßnahmen zur Eliminierung der Endwaldung und Menschenrechtsverletzungen in ihren Lieferketten umzusetzen und den milliardenschweren Übergang hin zu sauberer Energie voranzutreiben. Unser Vorsitzender, der ehemalige US-Abgeordnete Henry Waxman, zeichnet für einige der wichtigsten Umweltschutzgesetze der letzten 50 Jahre verantwortlich, in besonderem Maße für die Novellierung des Clean Air Act im Jahre 1990 und für den Safe Drinking Water Act.

Hintergrund zur Position: 2016 lancierten wir ein wesentliches Projekt zum Schutz der Wälder, Savannen und indigenen Rechte in Lateinamerika mit besonderem Fokus auf der Verknüpfung zwischen industrieller Landwirtschaft und Entwaldung. Durch kreative, schlagkräftige Kampagnen und geschickte Verhandlungsführung hat Mighty Earth bedeutende Fortschritte erzielt – und drei der fünf größten Sojaunternehmen in Lateinamerika überzeugt, klare Richtlinien zur Eliminierung der Entwaldung aus ihren Lieferketten umzusetzen.

Als Europäischer Direktor (m/w/d) – Kampagne zum Schutz lateinamerikanischer Wälder sind Sie dafür verantwortlich, das europäische Portfolio dieser globalen Kampagne gegen eine Entwaldung der lateinamerikanischen Wälder für Viehzucht und Futtermittel auszubauen und zu leiten und den Kurs zur Dekarbonisierung der Landwirtschaft mitfestzulegen. Diese Position und Kampagne haben ein enormes Wachstumspotenzial.

Zu Ihren Verantwortlichkeiten gehören:

  • Weiterentwicklung einer großen internationalen Kampagne, die darauf abzielt, die Entwaldung in der Fleischindustrie abzuschaffen, regenerative landwirtschaftliche Praktiken umzusetzen und einen Wechsel zu pflanzlichen Proteinquellen zu bewirken.
  • Entwicklung und Umsetzung effektiver Pläne und Strategien zur Erreichung der Kampagnenziele; Integration von Kommunikation und Online-, Feld- und Basisarbeit in eine hochstrategische Kampagne.
  • Aufbau der Unterstützung von strategischen Partnern in europäischen Schlüsselmärkten, sowie Koordination und Zusammenarbeit mit diesen Partnern.
  • Zusammenarbeit mit CEOs und hochrangigen Regierungsbeamten, um Umweltschutzrichtlinien zu unterstützen.
  • Enge Zusammenarbeit mit dem gesamten Team Mighty Latin America, um die allgemeinen strategischen Ziele voranzutreiben.
  • Schaffung von Medienpräsenz durch Pressemitteilungen, Events, Pressekonferenzen in medialen Schlüsselmärkten; Umsetzung eines strategischen Medienplans und Beziehungsaufbau zu Reportern wesentlicher Medienoutlets.
  • Beratung internationaler Regierungen, Philanthropen und anderer Geldgeber.

Ihr Hintergrund:

  • Sie haben mindestens 8 Jahre Berufserfahrung mit erfolgreicher Arbeit an Aufklärungskampagnen und im Bereich der Basis-Organisation. Sie haben Erfahrung in der Schulung und Beaufsichtigung von Mitarbeitern, vorzugsweise an dezentralen Standorten.
  • Sie setzen sich leidenschaftlich für Umweltschutzbelange wie den Klimawandel, den Schutz der tropischen Regenwälder und die Nahrungsmittelproblematik ein.
  • Sie verfügen über ausgezeichnete Kommunikationsfähigkeiten, sowohl in gesprochener als auch in geschriebener Form.
  • Sie verfügen über Erfahrung im Umgang mit hochrangigen Führungskräften bzw. Mandatsträgern.
  • Sie bauen gerne Beziehungen auf und kommunizieren gerne per Telefon bzw. Video mit unterschiedlichen Menschen – einschließlich internen Mitarbeitern, CEOs, zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen, den Medien und anderen.
  • Sie sind in der Lage, Beziehungen zu pflegen und unterschiedliche Zielgruppen an einen Tisch zu bringen.
  • Sie haben Erfahrung in der Entwicklung von Kampagnenstrategien und wissen, wie man auf Entscheidungsträger einwirkt. Sie sind höchst kreativ, wendig und versiert und können unkonventionelle Herangehensweisen aufzeigen.
  • Sie arbeiten sich rasch in neue Materien ein.
  • Sie schreiben gerne und können komplexe Informationen in Dokumenten und Berichten wiedergeben.
  • Sie wissen, wie man ein Programmbudget voll ausschöpft.
  • Sie sind international orientiert. Sie verfügen über Erfahrung in der Zusammenarbeit mit Menschen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund, einschließlich verschiedener ethnischer, rassischer und religiöser Gemeinschaften, und setzen sich für die Zusammenarbeit mit diesen Menschen ein.
  • Sie sprechen fließend Englisch. Die Kenntnis weiterer Fremdsprachen, einschließlich Französisch, Niederländisch, Deutsch, Portugiesisch, Spanisch, Chinesisch oder anderer europäischer Sprachen, ist von Vorteil, jedoch nicht Bedingung.
  • Fachwissen auf dem Gebiet der Entwaldung und landwirtschaftlicher Belange ist von Vorteil, ist jedoch nicht maßgeblich.
  • Vertrautheit mit und Beziehungen in Lateinamerika sind von Vorteil, sind jedoch nicht maßgeblich.

Mehr zu unserem Team: Mighty Earth besteht aus Menschen mit unterschiedlichem Hintergrund und einem breiten Erfahrungsspektrum, unter anderem in gemeinnützigen Interessengruppen, Wahlkampagnen, Unternehmen der öffentlichen Verwaltung, des Privatsektors und im Rechtswesen. Wir sind stolz darauf, einen aufgeschlossenen Arbeitsplatz für Menschen mit anderer Hautfarbe, Mitglieder der LGBTQ-Community, Eltern in der Familienphase und danach, und viele andere zu bieten.

Einzelheiten: Es handelt sich um eine Vollzeitanstellung mit Sitz in Berlin, Amsterdam oder Paris. Diese Position ist mit sehr vielen Auslandsreisen verbunden. Die Position ist unserem Senior Director for Forests direkt unterstellt und fordert eine enge Zusammenarbeit mit unseren leitenden Mitarbeitern. Kandidaten sind verpflichtet, sämtliche Offenlegungspflichten der US-Regierung einzuhalten.

Bewerbungsfrist: Bitte geben Sie Ihre Bewerbung sobald wie möglich ab und fügen Sie ein durchdachtes Begleitschreiben bei, in dem Sie auf unsere Mission eingehen, Ihre Schreibfähigkeiten unter Beweis stellen und uns zudem mitteilen, wie Sie von dieser Position erfahren haben.

Vergütung und Sozialleistungen: Unsere Gesamtvergütung ist attraktiv und Ihrer Erfahrung angemessen. Wir können Ihre Vergütungserwartungen in der frühen Phase des Auswahlverfahrens besprechen.

Mighty Earth unterstützt als Arbeitgeber die Chancengleichheit; Diskriminierung von Mitarbeitern oder Bewerbern aufgrund von Rasse, Glauben, Hautfarbe, Geschlecht, Religion, nationaler Herkunft, Alter, sexueller Orientierung, Behinderung, Geschlechtsidentität, Ausdruck der Geschlechtlichkeit, Veteranenstatus oder anderen Charakteristiken, die rechtlich geschützt sind, ist strengstens untersagt. Frauen, Menschen mit anderer Hautfarbe und Mitglieder der LGBTQ-Community sind nachdrücklich aufgefordert, sich zu bewerben.