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Our Farming Program

Our own sustainability program, the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, enables us to trace our cocoa beans right back to the farmers. This allows us to support farmers, their families and communities on the ground according to their specific local needs.

High-quality cocoa beans are the heart of our chocolates

We, at Lindt & Sprüngli, take responsibility for every stage: from the selection of the cocoa beans to the production of the finished chocolate products. This means we produce chocolate from 'bean to bar'. We understand that we can only make a true, meaningful, impact on local conditions if we know exactly where our cocoa beans come from, who grew them and how they were produced. That is why we developed our very own sustainability program for cocoa beans – the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

We pride ourselves on using cocoa beans from our Farming Program in our chocolates. Since 2020, 100% of our cocoa beans are sourced traceable and externally verified by an independent third party. This is a major step toward our target to source all cocoa products (beans, butter, powder) through sustainability programs by 2025.

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We Are Commited

Since 2020, 100% of our cocoa beans are sourced traceable and externally verified by an independent third party.

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We Are Wide-Reaching

Around 80,000 cocoa farmers from all our cocoa origin countries are part of our Farming Program.

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We Are Devoted

We invest over USD 10 million every year into our Farming
Program.

Our Farming Program in Detail

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program consists of four pillars

  • Pillar 1 - Traceability and farmer organization
  • Pillar 2 - Training and knowledge transfer
  • Pillar 3 - Farmer investments and community development
  • Pillar 4 - Verification and continuous progress

Learn more on our Farming Program website about the steps that we are taking to improve the lives of our farmers, their families and communities.

Educating Children

Empowerment Through Education

Since 2008, Lindt & Sprüngli has refurbished 33 schools benefitting 4,862 children.

Clean and Safe Water Access

Around 130,000 community members benefit from 213 functioning water systems and boreholes.

Support for Farmers and Their Families

About 443 passionate Program trainers support and advise the farmers on a daily basis.

Our Commitments for a Better Tomorrow

Cocoa Bean

Sustainable Sourcing

80% of our procurement expenditure for raw and packaging materials bearing significant sustainability risks is covered by a sustainable sourcing program

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Free from Deforestation

By 2025, our entire cocao supply will be free from deforestation

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Sustainable Sourcing

By 2025, about 80% of procurement expenditure in raw and packaging materiald bearing sustainability risks will be covered by a sustainable sourcing program

Chocolate Waste

Chocolate Waste Reduction

By 2025, we will halve our chocolate waste in the production per ton produced

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Women in Leadership

By 2025, 40% of senior leadership will be female

Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

CO2 and Climate

We are committed to define a science-based target (including scope 1, 2 & 3) with a goal to reach net-zero emissions in the long-term, to be announced in 2023 latest

Water Reduction

Water Reduction

By 2025, we aim at a 10% reduction of municipal water withdrawn in our production process, per ton produced.

Safety Standards

Food Safety Standards

We comply with Lindt & Sprüngli quality and food safety standards on an ongoing basis.

Advertising Legislation

Advertising Legislation

Our products are marketed and advertised according to national and international law.

Water Reduction

Safe Working Environment

We are continuously reducing our safety indicators to achieve our long-term vision of zero lost-time accidents.

Safety Standards

Against Corruption

We do not participate in any corrupt or anti-competitive behaviour.

Sourced Hazelnuts

Sustainably Sourced Hazelnuts

Whole unprocessed hazelnuts are a key ingredient in some of our chocolate products. Learn how we are working to ensure that all our hazelnuts are sourced through sustainability programs.

Recyclable Packaging

Recyclable Packaging

We are trying to strike a balance between visually appealing packaging and quality aspects associated with product protection. We always try to reduce packaging sizes and use recyclable materials wherever possible.

Palm Oil

RSPO-Certified Palm Oil

We understand the impact that the uncontrolled cultivation of palm oil can have on rainforests and biodiversity. That is why we are constantly monitoring its use in our products and are committed to only purchasing sustainable RSPO certified palm oil.

CO2 and Climate

CO2 and climate

Energy is used in the different production steps for making chocolate, such as heating, cooling, and transport. Greenhouse gas emissions can result from all these processes. We are committed to develop a science-based target for emissions from our entire value chain with a long-term goal to reach net-zero emissions.