Cocoa Marketing Company (CMC)
“The CMC is the sole seller of Ghana’s cocoa to local processing companies and the international market. It is a subsidiary of the Ghana Cocoa Board, established in 1961. The Company was incorporated in June 1961 to perform the following functions: to promote, sell and deliver Ghana’s Cocoa to both local cocoa processors and the international traders and processors. To take delivery of and to store Ghana’s cocoa at its designated warehouses in Tema, Takoradi and Kumasi take-over centers. To support the financing of Ghana’s cocoa sector by facilitating the annual syndicated loan arrangements and to ensure that sale proceeds are collected towards the repayment of the loan.”

Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America (CMAA)
“The Cocoa Merchants’ Association of America was founded in 1924. Its purpose is to foster the trade and welfare of the Cocoa industry in the United States and to obtain for its members the benefits to be secured by friendly intercourse among those engaged in importing and trading in Cocoa beans, and by mutual cooperation and joint action to promote and advance the interests of those engaged in the said business. To reform abuses relative thereto, to secure freedom from unjust or unlawful exactions, to diffuse accurate and reliable information as to the standing of merchants and other matters, to procure uniformity and certainty in the customs and usages of the trade and commerce in Cocoa Beans, to settle differences between its members, and to do such other and further acts and things relating thereto which may be necessary or convenient so far as the same are permitted by the laws of the State of New York to corporations organized under the membership corporation law.”

Le Conceil du Café-Cocoa
This is the Coffee-Cocoa board of the Ivory Coast. Since 2012 there has been a change in the cocoa selling

Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC)
The main aims of the Federation are to promote, protect and regulate the trade in cocoa beans and cocoa products and to support and safeguard the status and interests of its members. These objectives are principally delivered through the harmonized cocoa contract and arbitration services. The Federation continues to encourage uniformity in commercial trade practices and high standards of service from those involved in the cocoa supply chain.

Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Ondernemen Nederland (MVO)
MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands) is the national knowledge center and network organization for corporate social responsibility (CSR). It is the place to start for any entrepreneurs wishing to make their commercial operations

Nederlandse Cacao Societeit (NCS)
Dutch Cocoa Association. Members are Dutch companies like trading houses, grinders, shipping companies, warehouse keepers, and transport companies etc. who are all involved in the cocoa industry. Twice a year the NCS organizes a dinner at a different location.

UTZ Certified
“UTZ CERTIFIED is convinced that increasing sustainability should also reinforce the independent position of farmers. This is why farmers are trained in the professionalization of their agricultural practice and operational management. This improves the quality of their products and allows them to produce higher volumes at lower costs. This in turn enables the farmers to negotiate a better price for a better product and to improve their standard of living. Moreover, farmers who work with UTZ CERTIFIED in the global marketplace receive a premium for their crop and they don’t have to pay for taking part in the program.”

Rainforest Alliance
“The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.  We envision a world where people and the environment prosper together.”

FLO Fairtrade
FLO Fairtrade is designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade. This allows producers the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future.