Biodiversity and natural Ecosystems
Cocoa cultivation has a high risk of biodiversity loss. When it comes to preserving biodiversity and ecosystems, we therefore focus on stopping deforestation in cocoa growing areas. To address this challenge, we developed and published a No-Deforestation and Agroforestry Action Plan for all countries of origin. Promoting biodiversity (using ecologically sound cultivation methods) and cocoa diversity are key elements.
Building on our existing efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions in our production processes, we aim to reduce our total emissions footprint across our global operations and value chain in line with climate science. This is an important contribution to curbing climate change, which we recognize as a threat to our environment.
Water and Waste
We consider water to be a valuable resource. Waste of raw materials, food, or packaging can have significant environmental impacts and cost. We continuously reduce our municipal water consumption and aim to develop an integrated water management roadmap by 2025. By constantly optimizing our processes, we aim to reduce our material waste during production.
We continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the amounts of packaging materials used, increase the recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve recyclability or reusability.
To tackle climate change, Lindt & Sprüngli is committed to defining science-based targets (covering Scopes 1, 2, and 3) with a goal of reaching net-zero emissions in the long term. In 2021, we partnered with third-party experts and employees across functions and subsidiaries to develop our first complete carbon footprint in line with GHG Protocol standards. In 2022, we evaluated the impact of potential emissions reduction actions and submitted our proposed science-based targets to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Further details as well as the independent practitioner’s limited assurance report on the footprint for 2022 can be found in our latest Sustainability Report (2022, page 84). More details about the methodology can be found in our Carbon Footprint Methodology document.