Where does Lindt source its cocoa beans from?
The heart of the LINDT chocolate is the finest cocoa. Knowing which of the many different origins of cocoa beans will best contribute to the distinctive LINDT taste is a skill that the LINDT Maîtres Chocolatiers have perfected over time. They select high quality beans from the most renowned cocoa origins around the world: Ghana, Latin America (mainly Ecuador), Madagascar and the Caribbean Islands.
What is Lindt & Sprüngli doing with regards to sustainable cocoa bean sourcing?
For our premium ingredients, especially our cocoa beans, we work on sustainable farming programs and develop long-term relationships with the farmers. In our Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program in Ghana and Ecuador, we pay a price premium to support the farmers in improving their agricultural, environmental and social farming practices and the livelihood of farmers and their communities. Our implementation partner in Ghana is the not for profit organization Source Trust.
Internal monitoring systems measure continuous progress, while external audits verify the progress made.
This means we can guarantee consistent high quality and continuous improvement of sustainability standards.
The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program includes the following elements:
Step 1: Traceability and Farmer Organization
Step 2: Training and Capacity Building
Step 3: Farmer Investment and Community Development
Step 4: Verification and continuous progress
Traceability is the base for all other activities to improve the farmers’ and communities’ livelihoods. We need to know who produces our cocoa and what the conditions on the ground are to be able to support them with the right actions.
The goal of verification is to measure continuous progress and see if certain agricultural, social and environmental standards are met at the farm level and in the sourcing system, to be able to implement corrective actions where needed.
Where does Lindt & Sprüngli stand with regards to sustainable cocoa sourcing and what are the commitments made?
Why does Lindt & Sprüngli not have certified cocoa?
There are many ways to strive for sustainable and responsible cocoa sourcing practices. This can also include individual projects and purchasing methods that are not part of global certification and labeling organizations such as Fair Trade, UTZ or Rainforest Alliance. We have the same goals as certification bodies, and collaborate in projects on the ground if suitable. However, Lindt & Sprüngli decided to build up its own sourcing system, mainly because of a combination of the following reasons:
What is the position of Lindt & Sprüngli on child labor?
Lindt & Sprüngli is extremely concerned about possible practices of child labor and condemns any abusive practices. By improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities, the risk of child labor can be reduced. Further, with the traceability and verification within our Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, we are able to identify potential cases of child labor and remediate them.
Does Lindt & Sprüngli use palm oil when producing chocolate?
The chocolate mass as basis for our plain chocolate is made with no other vegetable fats than cocoa butter. Only in some soft fillings, we use different vegetable oils and fats, including palm oil. Palm oil has a perfect melting behavior, a neutral taste and a naturally solid texture at room temperature. Those qualities have led to the fact that today palm oil is indispensable in our everyday lives and can be found in almost every second product in the supermarket. We share the public concerns related to the protection of rainforests and biodiversity and are actively engaged in the area of palm oil. Lindt & Sprüngli is an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO, established in 2004 in co-operation with WWF), which supports the sustainable cultivation of oil palms.
Since 2011, we purchased exclusively crude palm oil as well as palm kernel oil according to the RSPO book and claim trading system. In 2015, we reached certification of all production plants according to the RSPO segregation model. This means that, since 2016, all our products contain segregated RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil. In other words, 100 % of the physical product we use will originate from RSPO certified plantations.
Are there trans fats or hydrogenated oils in Lindt chocolate?
For the production of our solid chocolates, the only vegetable fat Lindt & Sprüngli uses is pure cocoa butter. Fillings may contain other vegetable fats. Milk fat is used in milk chocolate recipes or selected filling masses. In this context, we would point out that none of our products contains trans-fats or hydrogenated fats. It is always best to consult the specific nutritional labelling of the individual product you are interested in.
Does Lindt use any ingredients that are Genetically Modified?
The entire Lindt product range is GMO free. Find out some information here: http://www.lindt-spruengli.com/sustainability/sustainably-consumed/health/