- Does the certifier have a Code of Conduct for suppliers that covers the ILO Four Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work?
- Does the code prohibit the use of regular and excessive overtime for farm workers?
- Are farm owners required to ensure freedom of movement for employees and their right to enter and leave employment willingly and voluntarily?
- Does the code include provisions to protect worker health and safety?
- Is the Code included in supplier contracts?
- Does the certifier ensure brands pay sufficient prices to facilitate improved working and living conditions?
KNOWING YOUR SUPPLIERS
- Approximately what percentage of farms has the certifier traced beyond the co-operative level? Provide total number of suppliers that produce for the certifier, including all subcontracted and untraced producers.
- Is the certifier involved in a tracing project to identify the location of farms beyond the cooperative level?
- Is there a public list of countries in which suppliers are located?
- List the TOP 5 countries in which production takes place (including percentage sourced from each country)
- Is there a public list of regions within countries in which suppliers are located?
- Does the certifier track suppliers' use of temporary or contract workers?
- Does the certifier require and have access to names and locations of all farmers producing certified cocoa?
AUDITING & SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS
- Percentage of co-ops audited over a 2yr period by labour rights accredited and trained social auditors?
- Percentage of farms audited over a 2yr period by labour rights accredited and trained social auditors?
- Does the certifier have a risk based monitoring approach where it conducts more in-depth and frequent monitoring both for high risk suppliers or suppliers in high risk regions?
- Percentage of farms audited with unannounced visits or off-site worker interviews per year?
- Are farmers monitored for their use of labour brokers and recruitment fees?
- Does the certifier engage in an independant impact assessment to ensure that their programs are achieving the labour conditions outlined in their policies?
- Are broad monitoring results shared publically?
- Does the certifier invest in training farmers and co-ops in order to increase awareness of human trafficking, child labour and forced labour risks?
- In the instance where a co-op or farm is de-certified, does the certifier ensure that worker rights and benefits (eg. wages) are compensated for?
WAGES & INCOME
- Has the certifier developed a living wage methodology for each region that it operates in?
- What percentage of farm workers receive a living wage?
- What percentage of farm owners receive a living income?
- Does the certifier make aggregated wage data publically available?
- What percentage of farms have projects to improve wages?
- Does the certifier set a 'sufficient price' for cocoa to ensure farm owners, share croppers and workers receive a living wage or income?
- Does the certifier provide for community development initiatives in farmer communities, either through the certifiers initiative or through resourcing the local community?
- What percentage of farmers are a part of democratically run co-ops or employee-owned firms?
- Do farm owners or workers either serve of the Board of Directors of the co-op or company, or else have access to financial information about the performance of the business including management salaries?
- How many farmers or farm workers are known to have independant democratically elected trade unions?
- How many co-ops or farm owners are known to have collective bargaining agreements in place?
- Does the certifier have a functioning grievance mechanism? (Must include investigation and efforts to address grievance)
- Are farm owners and workers trained on their rights and entitlements and how to use grievance mechanisms?
- Can farm owners and workers submit complaints to the certifier anonymously?
- Can organisations submit complaints on behalf of farm owners and workers?
CHILD & FORCED LABOUR ACTION PLAN
- If child labour is discovered, does the certifier find a way to provide for the child's education and replace the lost income to the family?
- If forced labour is discovered, does the certifier facilitate the individual's reintegration into the labour market and transition to decent work?
- If human trafficking is discovered, does the certifier facilitate the individual's remediation to their home context and provide appropriate after care?
- When child or forced labour is discovered and removed from the workplace, is it later verified by unannounced monitoring?
- Where appropriate will the certifier cooperate with local authorities, government, law enforcement, victim service providers and others to ensure full protection of trafficking, forced and/or child labourer(s)?
- Does the certifier collect information about the number of children of each farmer and worker family and their school attendance?
- Does the certifier engage in efforts to ensure that children of farmers and workers have birth certificates or legal substitutes of birth certificate?
NON ASSESSABLE QUESTIONS
- Does the certifier participate in:
- World Cocoa Foundation
- International Cocoa Initiative
- ISEAL Alliance
- Is the certifier actively engaged in efforts to hear from workers, unions, NGOs and industry groups in an effort to improve their ethical sourcing policies and practices?
- Does the certifier ensure that male and female workers receive equal opportunities, remuneration and benefits for equal work?