Sustainability starts for Lindt & Sprüngli with the procurement of raw and packaging material. To guarantee the sustainable and long-term supply of essential resources, Lindt & Sprüngli is committed to building long-term partnerships with suppliers and establishing traceability of raw materials.
Lindt & Sprüngli imposes within its value chain a thorough process control from sourcing of ingredients to production and distribution of its premium chocolate. For our key raw materials, we have committed to develop and maintain long-term contractual relationships with our suppliers. We capacitate the farmers participating in our Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program to apply good agricultural, social, environmental and business practices in the management of their farms. These measures have a positive impact on the agricultural development in origin countries. They help to safeguard the long-term suitability of land for agricultural use and foster access to rural infrastructure.
Through the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, Lindt & Sprüngli is able to know the farmers delivering our raw materials and to verify their social and environmental practices. The company also tries to limit the involvement of intermediaries, thereby allowing producers to receive fair payment for their quality products. To achieve this, the Lindt & Sprüngli Supplier Code of Conduct as well as the Lindt Cocoa Foundation play an important role.
Download the sustainable cocoa brochure with further information here
In our “Lindt & Sprüngli Promise” we commit to a comprehensive understanding of sustainability. The Lindt & Sprüngli Supplier Code of Conduct helps to implement this commitment in our supply chain. The Code establishes minimum standards, such as requirements regarding industrial wastewater treatment, air emission and environmental reporting.
The Code strictly prohibits corruption and bribery, discrimination and child labor. It insists on freely chosen employment, fair compensation and working conditions, as well as freedom of association and obligates suppliers to pass these principles on to sub-suppliers. Key prerequisite for purchasing orders is that suppliers sign the Lindt & Sprüngli Supplier Code of Conduct. Non-compliance with the Supplier Code of Conduct ultimately results in the termination of the supplier's contract. Access the Supplier Code of Conduct here
To further enhance sustainable procurement of ingredients, Lindt & Sprüngli established a new charitable foundation, the Lindt Cocoa Foundation.
The foundation's purpose is to work towards achieving social and ecological sustainability in the cultivation, production and processing of cocoa and other ingredients used in chocolate production. Thanks to the foundation, Lindt & Sprüngli's previous sustainable ingredients procurement initiatives are being given a more significant focus with more resources to further intensify work.
Learn more: www.lindtcocoafoundation.org