JOIN US FOR THE EUROPEAN MARKET ACADEMY (EMA), THE CHOCOLATE MAKERS FORUM (CMF) AND THE WOMEN IN COCOA & CHOCOLATE (WINCC) SESSIONS ONLINE
We are preparing for Chocoa in 2024. However, in Europe many important policy developments are happening in 2023 and the impact on cocoa and chocolate exporters from outside of the EU will be significant. This is why the team behind Chocoa has decided to offer online sessions of the EMA and the CMF. there will also be a WINCC event, providing the gender perspective.
EU Deforestation Regulation entered into force in June 2023
On June 29th 2023 the EU Regulation on deforestation-free supply chains
entered into force. Once applied, the new law will ensure that a set of
key goods exported or placed on the EU market must be deforestation
free, and thus will no longer contribute to deforestation and forest
degradation in the EU and elsewhere in the world.
Companies will have to confirm that the product has been produced on land that has not been subject to deforestation or forest degradation, including of primary forests, after 31 December 2020. While no country or commodity will be banned, all relevant companies will have to conduct strict due diligence if they export or place on the EU market palm oil, cattle, soy, coffee, cocoa, timber and rubber as well as derived products such as beef, furniture, or chocolate listed in the Annex to the Regulation upon the entry into application of the new rules in 18 months. The list of commodities that are covered will be regularly reviewed and updated, taking into account new data such as changing deforestation patterns.
Companies will also have to verify that these products comply with relevant legislation of the country of production, including on human rights, and that the rights of affected indigenous peoples have been respected.
Operators and traders now have 18 months to implement the new rules. Micro and small enterprises will enjoy a longer adaptation period, as well as other specific provisions.
Chocoa 2023 will include to sessions of the European Markets Academy (in English and Spanish) and one special Chocolate Makers’ Forum session that will discuss the consequences of and guidance for the new regulation and other upcoming legislation concerning social and environmental sustainability and forced labour, for cocoa producers and chocolate makers inside and outside of the EU.
EUROPEAN MARKET ACADEMY
The team behind Chocoa has decided to offer online sessions of the EMA, to help cocoa and chocolate exporters prepare for the new legislation and facilitate their access to European Markets.
Two identical sessions will be offered online , on 5 October 2023 OR on 9 November, both 15.00-17.30 (CEST).
EU market regulations, sustainability and food safety rules will be discussed, followed by the developments on logistics and marketing.
There will be a Q&A session to attend on 6 December 15.00-16.00 CET.
CHOCOLATE MAKERS' FORUM
This year we will offer an online session of the Chocolate Makers Forum, to update you on EU requirements for your chocolate business, such as the impact of the upcoming European policy developments on your sourcing policies and on your business.
The implications, country and trader experiences, challenges and solutions will be discussed, for chocolate makers to be prepared for the big changes ahead.
The online CMF session is planned on 11 October 2023, 14.30-16.30 (CEST). There will be a Q&A session to attend on 6 December 15.00-16.00 CET.
WOMEN IN COCOA & CHOCOLATE
Linked to the developments in the EU regarding legislation, there is certainly a gender perspective that is worth the discussion. Not only are women’s rights human rights, but also because women play a key role in protecting forests. So, following each of the CMF sessions there will be an online WINCC session on 11 October, and on 6 December both 16.30-18.00 (CEST).