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Latest  Events

September 29, 2020

​16:00-17:55 ICT, Bangkok

The first event to be held following the November 2020 launch of the Sustainable Coconut Charter, signatories and stakeholders across the coconut value chain reconvene to continue developing a common, consistent approach to deliver impact at scale, share best practices for sustainable coconut production, including remote sensing to measure deforestation, and review a proposed governance structure. 

November 16, 2020

16:00-17:45 GMT +7

In support of the Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable, USAID Green Invest Asia, Barry Callebaut, and Grow Asia convened this virtual signing event to launch the Sustainable Coconut Charter. The event featured the charter’s founding signatories plus panel discussions on potential impacts of coconut production on deforestation and biodiversity conservation, as well as a pre-competitive collaboration among seven multinational corporations and GIZ to drive coconut sustainability in the region through the charter. 

March 7, 2019, Kuala Lumpur, and

June 30, 2020, webinar

These two Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtables, co-organized by Barry Callebaut and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia, convene annually more than 80 buyers, processors and other actors actively involved in coconut supply chains to jointly pursue solutions and share investment approaches for cost-effective sustainable coconut.

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Background

Faced with record global demand, and a coconut supply chain that is threatened by underperforming senile trees, escalating natural disasters, and farmers’ lack of technical, market and financial access, the coconut industry faces pending supply chain disruption.

Highlights

Quotation Mark

“Coconut is a new category for us in responsible sourcing, but not much is known yet, so we will really benefit from the work coming out of the collaboration, which we will use to redefine our targets by the end of the year.” 

Madeleine Eilert,

Sustainable sourcing leader for sugar and coconut,

Nestlé

Quotation Mark

“The charter is an important milestone on the way to improving coconut cultivation and farmer livelihoods. I am pleased we have succeeded in bringing together key players and stakeholders at one table. This is a challenge that must be tackled together to be successful,” 

Massimo Selmo,

Global Head of Sourcing,

Barry Callebaut

Quotation Mark

“The pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, affecting multiple nodes of production and workers from farm to table.  As a result, more people are realizing what many of us on this call already know - that a stable, sustainable supply chain, which can withstand multiple shocks, is more critical than ever.”

Angela Hogg,

Environment Office Director,

USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia