Packaging material

Packaging is a very important and sensitive part of the production chain at Lindt & Sprüngli. Apart from being appealing to the consumer and detailing the contents, packaging needs to fulfil its essential function of protecting the delicate chocolate.

Packaging Material-Pralinés-Lindt & Sprüngli

When sourcing our packaging materials, we often source from suppliers located close to our production sites in Switzerland, the EU, and the USA. This helps to avoid long transportation routes and high emission levels. However, many of our more decorative seasonal and promotional packaging items, such as tin boxes or plush toys, are sourced from manufacturers in Asia, where we can access a highly specialized market for such products.

To make sure that also our Asian suppliers comply with the Lindt & Sprüngli Supplier Code of Conduct regarding issues such as the prohibition of forced labor and child labor or the freedom of association, Lindt & Sprüngli monitors and improves responsible production practices through the Supplier Sustainable Practice Program (SSPP). This Program is based on a progress-oriented approach: Assessment and reassessment visits are combined with support engagements. During these, sustainability experts help the suppliers to improve identified non-compliances through on- and off-site support. Progress on the production practices is driven through close collaboration of our buyers with the suppliers and production sites.

The Supplier Development Program consists of following four steps to improve supplier sustainability:

The Supplier Development Program-Lindt & Sprüngli

We focus on the development of our key suppliers. Sustainability performance information gathered during the on-site assessments is used as a baseline for improvement. The suppliers are rated through a methodology assessing compliance as well as transparency and engagement. Identified shortcomings as well as the supplier rating of each assessment are discussed among the Lindt & Sprüngli purchasers and the suppliers. When making purchasing decisions, we consider the suppliers’ sustainability performance. This process allows us to integrate the suppliers’ compliance into our packaging supply chain management, improving the performance of our supplier portfolio over time.