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Contributing to an Intact Environment
Lindt & Sprüngli has numerous sustainability memberships, resulting in engagements with international organizations such as the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Earthworm Foundation, and the UN Global Compact.
TheWorld Cocoa Foundation (WCF)is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and strengthen their communities.
Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of WCF since 2015, and regularly supports specific projects and initiatives of the organization. These projects are for example the Climate Smart Cocoa Initiative, theCovid-19 Response and the Cocoa & Forest Initiative.
Aim of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil: Promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain.
Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of RSPO and thereby contributes to the increase of sustainable palm oil. The Group reports yearly on the progress made.
Aim of the Earthworm Foundation: A non-profit organization working with global companies, NGOs and communities to transform supply chains for people and nature.
In 2015, Lindt & Sprüngli started working with Earthworm Foundation as external assessment partner and became an official member in June 2016. At least once a year, Earthworm Foundation visits and evaluates each of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Programs for cocoa beans. Progress is regularly communicated on the Earthworm Foundation Transparency Hub.
Aim of the UN Global Compact: Aligning business operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of the UN Global Compact. As such, Lindt & Sprüngli reports yearly on the progress made regarding the principles of the UN Global Compact.
Aim of the Carbon Disclosure Project: Requesting information on greenhouse gas emissions, energy use and the risks and opportunities from climate change on behalf of institutional investors.
Lindt & Sprüngli discloses information on greenhouse gas emissions to institutional investors and we benchmarks the results with peer companies.
The Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) is a multi-stakeholder initiative for more sustainability in the cocoa value chain. It fosters collaboration between the cocoa and chocolate industry, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, and research institutes. Together, the members of the Platform actively engage to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers, to protect natural resources, and to promote biodiversity in cocoa producing countries.
Lindt & Sprüngli (Switzerland) AG and the Lindt Cocoa Foundation are active members since its foundation in January 2018 and also participate in its working groups.
The governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and 35 leading cocoa and chocolate companies, representing 85% of global cocoa usage, have joined together in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative to end deforestation and restore forest areas. Their combined actions play a crucial role in sequestering carbon stocks in West African forests and addressing climate change, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. The Cocoa & Forests Initiative delivers on Sustainable Development Goal 13 (Climate Action) and 15 (Life on Land). The public private partnership is based on frameworks for action and action plans that spell out commitments to: protect and restore forests, promote sustainable cocoa production and farmers’ livelihoods, and engage communities and boost social inclusion. The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF); IDH - the Sustainable Trade Initiative; and the Governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana drive the Cocoa & Forests Initiative.
Lindt & Sprüngli is a signatory of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative and has published multi-year targets for its sustainable sourcing programs in Ghana & Côte d’Ivoire, including for example the target to plant 2.7 million shade trees until 2022. As active member of the CFI, Lindt & Sprüngli reports on progress on an annual basis (see No-Deforestation & Agroforestry Progress Report).