Turkey’s black sea region produces up to 80 % of the global hazelnut harvest. In Turkey, there have been issues such as child labor on hazelnut farms and poor working conditions of migrant workers. In order to help improve, Lindt & Sprüngli helps Turkish hazelnut farmers to improve their farming practices.

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Lindt & Sprüngli is aware of the challenging labor situation and living conditions of migrant workers during the hazelnut harvest season in Turkey. For the 2016 harvest, taking place in August/September, we have a policy to source at least 75 % of our whole hazelnuts from Italy, Oregon (USA), or from a sustainable hazelnut program in Turkey.

Since 2014, Lindt & Sprüngli works with key hazelnut suppliers that have implemented sustainable hazelnut programs in Turkey. Comparable to the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program framework, our suppliers established traceability first, trained farmers, supported them with specific measures for improvement, and monitored progress internally. In addition, farm visits by independent assessors verified that the knowledge gained in trainings was implemented and the required standards are met.


In addition, the Lindt Cocoa Foundation supports a major project to engage and entertain children of migrant family workers and to prevent child labor. In summer schools children were taught mathematics, Turkish, English, arts and sports. Besides that, awareness about labor issues was raised among labor contractors, local government authorities and the local population. For more information, please have a look here.

Together with local partners, Lindt & Sprüngli regularly discusses improvement and program extension opportunities. While the positive impact is already being perceived, we are aware that there is still plenty to do to resolve the grievances completely.