Responsible business conduct

Lindt & Sprüngli positively contributes to local economic development in the areas where our premises are located. The principles of job creation, fair competition and anti-corruption are firmly anchored in our company culture.

We are committed to the continued investment of substantial funds over the coming years into the manufacturing sites to prepare for higher growth and to create additional jobs.

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Anti-corruption

Lindt & Sprüngli acknowledges that some corruption risks lie within our supply chain and our group companies, particularly since Lindt & Sprüngli is increasingly operating in countries with higher corruption risk such as Russia and China. Lindt & Sprüngli addresses corruption issues prominently in corporate policies applicable both to employees as well as suppliers. To ensure fair growth and lawful competition, our anti-corruption measures and correct transfer pricing avoid favoritism and conflicts of interest. Lindt & Sprüngli takes the necessary steps to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and internal policies.

Each employee is provided with a copy of Lindt & Sprüngli’s Business Code of Conduct and each supplier with the Supplier Code of Conduct. Suppliers are asked to sign the Supplier Code of Conduct including a commitment concerning anti-corruption. The Supplier Code of Conduct sets out the requirements expected of suppliers and vendors regarding corruption and bribery. It particularly emphasizes that suppliers shall conduct their business in accordance with the highest ethical standards and comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning corruption, bribery, fraud and unfair and prohibited business practices.

Anti-competitive behavior

Lindt & Sprüngli developed a specific competition law policy. All relevant employees are trained by our corporate legal officers and local CFOs. Their actual participation in the trainings is monitored.

Tax

Lindt & Sprüngli has documented and implemented a comprehensive and uniform group-wide transfer price system strictly applying OECD rules and based on the ‘at arms-length’ price principles. Third-party comparable studies are made on an on-going basis to benchmark company policy with market prices. It is the company’s policy to be fully transparent in all of its tax matters and not to enter into any special tax-driven schemes.

Philanthropy

Lindt & Sprüngli understands the company as a corporate citizen and aims at contributing to overcome today’s challenges in society. Our financial, in-kind, and time donations for communities contribute to local development around our Group. Lindt & Sprüngli subsidiaries make numerous donations to organizations, associations, and social schemes.

Lindt & Sprüngli further established the two charitable foundations, the Lindt Cocoa Foundation and the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation.