Comply with above demands by adopting an independent certification and monitoring system
Chocolate companies must use an independent product certification system accompanied by an external monitoring system in order to guarantee adherence to social and ecological standards and to assure full transparency along the supply chain. Given the fact that independent certification of products still only holds a small share of the overall production of chocolate, companies must hence substantially increase their use of certified cocoa with the long-term goal of aligning all their products to these standards. Despite an increase in certification from 2% in 2009 to 16% in 2013 most cocoa farmers still live in absolute poverty (Source: Cocoa Barometer 2015). That is why the demand for independent certification forms part of a larger package of demands that needs to be fulfilled, as certification alone is not sufficient to improve the living and working conditions in cocoa and chocolate production.