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 fulfill its essential function of protecting the delicate chocolate.

Packaging Material-Pralinés-Lindt & Sprüngli

We work with leading packaging manufactures in the respective sectors who are very keen to ensure sustainability right along the supply chain. When making procurement decisions, we consider our suppliers' performance in terms of sustainability. This allows us to integrate supplier compliance into our supply chain management for packaging material and improve the performance of our supplier portfolio over time. One important selection criterion, for example, is the condition of production facilities as well as any programs in place for their continuous improvement. This is why manufacturers receive regular vistis from our trained internal auditors.

Most of our packaging manufacturers use modern production technologies which reduce the use of paints in particular and the amount of rew material needed. When buying our packaging materials, we often source these 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 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 guarantee freedom of association, Lindt & Sprüngli monitors and improves responsible production practices through the Supplier Sustainable Practice Program (SSPP).

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

The Supplier Development Program-Lindt & Sprüngli

This program is based on a progress-oriented approach, which assessment visits combined with offers of support. In some cases, subcontractors have been integrated into the program. The program currently covers more than 80% of our purchasing expenditure on decorative packaging from Asia and is being rolled out to new suppliers on an ongoing basis.