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Starbucks Ethical Sourcing Approved Verification Organizations - Cocoa

The COCOA Practices program is designed to understand the supply chain for cocoa beans and provide valuable sustainability information to producers and purchasers alike. SCS provides training, approval, and on-going monitoring for the Verification Organizations that audit Starbucks Suppliers. Verification organizations are assigned an approval status dictating how many verifications they are able to conduct at any given time within the program:

  • Limited Approval Status: enables the verification organization to conduct only one verification at a time.
  • Provisional Approval Status: enables the verification organization to conduct only three verifications at a time.
  • Full Approval Status: enables the verification organization to conduct any number of verifications at a time as their staff and capabilities allow.

*Note that a verification entails all work related to completing an application from pre-onsite planning activities all the way to submission of the approved client reports to Starbucks. For more details, see the COCOA Practices Verification Organization Approval Procedure.
The following is a list of SCS-approved COCOA Practices Verification Organizations.

Organization Location Contacts Email Tel Areas of Work Local Inspectors
AfriCert (Full Approval)

Cocody Angre -7eme TRANCHE, LOT 2891, Boite 06 BP 914, BJ 06
Côte d’Ivoire

Mea Abel Mounou [email protected] +225 09067791 Ivory Coast
Bureau Veritas (Full Approval)

01 BP 1453
Côte d’Ivoire

Séraphin Kouame; David Ebia; Marie-Berthe AKA [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected] +225 20 312 500, +225 20 312 493, +225 20 312 571 Ivory Coast
Ecocert IMO Swiss AG (Full Approval)

Hafenstrasse 50c CH – 8280

Louise Tope [email protected] +41 (0)71 626 0 626 Ivory Coast
SGS COTE D'IVOIRE SA (Limited Approval)

01 BP 795
Côte d’Ivoire

Kouabenan Yao Gnamien Armel [email protected] +225 87 84 56 78 Ivory Coast