Cocoa farmers, dairy farmers, vanilla pickers: These are just some of the partners who help the Maîtres Chocolatiers of LINDT to make outstanding chocolate. Everyone who is involved in the success of LINDT should be treated fairly. That is why we comply with high standards of ethics and sustainability in the procurement of our raw materials and in their processing into high-quality chocolate.
Sustainable and socially responsible activity is an important prerequisite for the long-term success of a company. We are convinced of that at Lindt & Sprüngli. That is why we are committed in all our processes in the production of LINDT chocolate to maximum quality and sustainability – from the procurement of the best raw materials to production and the consumption of the melt-in-the-mouth chocolates. The fair treatment of all our partners is just as important to us here as the careful handling of the environment and the natural resources.
Safeguarding the future of cocoa
Cocoa is our most important ingredient. It is a great challenge to ensure that it is also available to us in future in the supreme quality required by us and in sufficient quantity. An important key component is the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program that aims to enhance the quality of the beans and the yield from the harvest. To achieve this, the cocoa farmers are supported in their work, for example through training courses or infrastructure projects. We thus also make a contribution to improving the working and living conditions of the cocoa farmers and help to ensure that the farming of cocoa also remains attractive in the future for the farmers. In order to safeguard the future of the cocoa, Lindt & Sprüngli has therefore been collaborating with local partners in the cocoa origin countries for several years.
Tackling the challenges with pioneering projects
We have been able to achieve considerable success to date with projects of a pioneering nature in the industry, especially in Ghana where we buy a major percentage of our high-grade cocoa beans. We are committed to increasing the quality and improving the situation of the farmers and their families. The basis of our success is the so-called traceability of the cocoa. That means we want to know what village every sack of cocoa we receive has come from. Because only if we know where the beans come from can we ensure that the cocoa meets our standards of quality. And only then can we help locally to improve the farming practices and the yields. We can also help to actively improve the social conditions in the farming areas and to avoid child labour.
Sustainability in procurement
In addition to cocoa, our chocolates also consist of other high-quality ingredients such as milk, almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla or sugar. We ensure responsible procurement also in the selection of these raw materials and in the packaging materials. Long-standing relationships with, for instance, local milk and sugar producers make it possible to develop a relationship of trust with our suppliers. Where possible, we buy near to our production sites. We thus help to ensure that the transport costs and greenhouse gas emissions harmful to the climate can be reduced. Not least the local economy also benefits from this.
Producing chocolate in a sustainable manner
Once the high-quality raw materials have arrived at Lindt & Sprüngli, we ensure that they are processed according to the state of the art. To save the environment in the production of chocolate, we are continually working on reducing the consumption of energy and water
in order to ensure an increasingly environmentally friendly energy record. For this purpose, we implement projects and also participate in international initiatives such as the "Carbon Disclosure Project". At the same time, we want to meet the high standards of the consumers with regard to LINDT chocolate for their own enjoyment and as a gift too. The environmental principles of Lindt & Sprüngli, specific goals and regular controls help us to comply with our own high benchmarks in the environmental sector.
All employees make a decisive contribution to the success of our company. For instance the LINDT Maîtres Chocolatiers: Their scrutinising look, their first-class sense of taste, their knowledge of all the finesse and refinements of cocoa processing and of the chocolate. Their passion becomes tangible in every piece of LINDT chocolate that leaves the chocolate factory. We offer an attractive work environment to ensure that this continues to be the case. We can only achieve top results with regard to quality when we have satisfied employees.
Ensuring sustainable quality from start to finish
We have a great responsibility not just towards our suppliers and employees, but also towards our consumers. As a manufacturer of one of the best chocolates in the world, we do not compromise on anything, either in quality or food safety. A broad network of specialists ensures that our products meet the highest standards of quality – from the ingredients to the delivery of the finished LINDT chocolate. Because we have the entire production process under our own control from start to finish, we can guarantee maximum quality and comprehensive commitment to sustainability. We are convinced that full taste and enjoyment can only develop when outstanding quality and a responsible handling of people and nature go hand in glove with one another.
More information about Lindt & Sprüngli's commitment to sustainability is available on the Lindt & Sprüngli website's sustainability section.
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