policies

  1. Does the certifier have a Code of Conduct for suppliers that covers the ILO Four Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work?
  2. Does the code prohibit the use of regular and excessive overtime for farm workers?
  3. Are farm owners required to ensure freedom of movement for employees and their right to enter and leave employment willingly and voluntarily?
  4. Does the code include provisions to protect worker health and safety?
  5. Is the Code included in supplier contracts?
  6. Does the certifier ensure brands pay sufficient prices to facilitate improved working and living conditions?

KNOWING YOUR SUPPLIERS

  1. 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.
  2. Is the certifier involved in a tracing project to identify the location of farms beyond the cooperative level?
  3. Is there a public list of countries in which suppliers are located?
  4. List the TOP 5 countries in which production takes place (including percentage sourced from each country)
  5. Is there a public list of regions within countries in which suppliers are located?
  6. Does the certifier track suppliers' use of temporary or contract workers?
  7. Does the certifier require and have access to names and locations of all farmers producing certified cocoa?

AUDITING & SUPPLIER RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Percentage of co-ops audited over a 2yr period by labour rights accredited and trained social auditors?
  2. Percentage of farms audited over a 2yr period by labour rights accredited and trained social auditors?
  3. 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?
  4. Percentage of farms audited with unannounced visits or off-site worker interviews per year?
  5. Are farmers monitored for their use of labour brokers and recruitment fees?
  6. Does the certifier engage in an independant impact assessment to ensure that their programs are achieving the labour conditions outlined in their policies?
  7. Are broad monitoring results shared publically?
  8. Does the certifier invest in training farmers and co-ops in order to increase awareness of human trafficking, child labour and forced labour risks?
  9. 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?

WORKER EMPOWERMENT

WAGES & INCOME

  1. Has the certifier developed a living wage methodology for each region that it operates in?
  2. What percentage of farm workers receive a living wage?
  3. What percentage of farm owners receive a living income?
  4. Does the certifier make aggregated wage data publically available?
  5. What percentage of farms have projects to improve wages?
  6. Does the certifier set a 'sufficient price' for cocoa to ensure farm owners, share croppers and workers receive a living wage or income?
  7. Does the certifier provide for community development initiatives in farmer communities, either through the certifiers initiative or through resourcing the local community?

WORKERS VOICE

  1. What percentage of farmers are a part of democratically run co-ops or employee-owned firms?
  2. 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?
  3. How many farmers or farm workers are known to have independant democratically elected trade unions?
  4. How many co-ops or farm owners are known to have collective bargaining agreements in place?
  5. Does the certifier have a functioning grievance mechanism? (Must include investigation and efforts to address grievance)
  6. Are farm owners and workers trained on their rights and entitlements and how to use grievance mechanisms?
  7. Can farm owners and workers submit complaints to the certifier anonymously?
  8. Can organisations submit complaints on behalf of farm owners and workers?

CHILD & FORCED LABOUR ACTION PLAN

  1. 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?
  2. If forced labour is discovered, does the certifier facilitate the individual's reintegration into the labour market and transition to decent work?
  3. If human trafficking is discovered, does the certifier facilitate the individual's remediation to their home context and provide appropriate after care?
  4. When child or forced labour is discovered and removed from the workplace, is it later verified by unannounced monitoring?
  5. 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)?
  6. Does the certifier collect information about the number of children of each farmer and worker family and their school attendance?
  7. 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

  1. Does the certifier participate in:
    1. World Cocoa Foundation
    2. International Cocoa Initiative
    3. ISEAL Alliance
  2. 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?
  3. Does the certifier ensure that male and female workers receive equal opportunities, remuneration and benefits for equal work?