Commitment towards Sustainability
For our key raw materials, and especially for cocoa beans, we make special efforts to ensure a sustainable and socially responsible supply chain. This is reflected in our commitment towards sustainability along the entire value chain and our Lindt & Sprüngli Promise: All the products that leave our factories will ultimately live up to our commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain.
In our countries of origin, cocoa production faces deep-rooted challenges. Small farms, old and diseased cocoa trees, as well as limited agricultural practices, can result in low yields and not enough income for farmers and their families. Poor infrastructure and a lack of access to farming equipment make production even more difficult. Finally, environmental challenges such as climate change and deforestation are crucial issues. It is our priority to tackle these obstacles and take responsibility for sustainable cocoa cultivation. That's why we developed our own sustainability program for cocoa beans - the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. But what does traceability mean for Lindt & Sprüngli?
Our Farming Program
The Farming Program enables us to trace our cocoa beans back to their origin and support farmers and their communities based on their specific needs. It empowers farmers to manage their farms in accordance with sound agricultural, social, ecological, and economic practices. Our engagement supports farmers to increase their yields and income, shows them how land for agriculture can be safeguarded in the long-term, and fosters access to farming equipment and village infrastructure. We achieved a 100% traceable and externally verified worldwide cocoa bean supply chain by end of 2020.
- Higher productivity of farms and at the same time, conservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems
- Diversified incomes and increased resilience of farmers
- Reduction of the risk of child labor
- Improved community infrastructure