Our Farming Program

Our sustainable sourcing model enables us to trace our cocoa beans right back to their origins. This allows us to support the farmers, and their communities, on the ground according to their specific needs. After achieving our target of sourcing 100% of our cocoa beans through the Farming Program in 2020, we expanded the Program to include sustainable sourcing of cocoa butter in 2021 and cocoa powder in 2022.

 

 

 

High-quality cocoa is the heart of our chocolates 

We, at Lindt & Sprüngli, oversee every stage of the chocolate making process: from the selection of the cocoa beans to the production of the finished chocolate products. This means our chocolate is produced from 'bean to bar'. We understand that we can only make a meaningful impact on local conditions if we know where our cocoa beans come from, who grew them and how they are produced. That is why we developed our own sustainability program for cocoa in 2008 – the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

 

We pride ourselves on using cocoa beans from our Farming Program in our chocolates. After achieving our goal to source 100% of our cocoa beans through the Farming Program in 2020, we extended the Farming Program to include cocoa butter in 2021. In 2022, we were also able to purchase a small amount of cocoa powder through the Faming Program for the first time. These are major steps towards our target to source all of our cocoa products (beans, butter, powder, and chocolate mass) through sustainability programs by 2025.

Our Farming Program in Detail

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program consists of four pillars:

Pillar 1 - Tracing our beans
Pillar 2 - Training the farmers
Pillar 3 - Investments for farmers and communities
Pillar 4 - Independently verifying our program.

Visit our Farming Program website to learn more about the steps we are taking to support cocoa farmers, their families, and communities.

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Children receiving an education.

Empowerment Through Education

Since 2008, Lindt & Sprüngli has built or refurbished a total of 43 schools benefiting approximately 6,700 children.

Clean and Safe Water Access

Approximately 175,000 community members benefit from 321 drinking water systems and boreholes built and functioning since 2008.

Support for Farmers and Their Families

1,017 passionate field staff work with cocoa farmers in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

Clean and safe water access

Empowerment through education

Support for farmers and their families

Protecting the planet

Sustainably Sourced Hazelnuts

Whole unprocessed hazelnuts are a key ingredient in some of our chocolate products. Learn how we are working to ensure that all our hazelnuts are sourced through sustainability programs.

RSPO-Certified Palm Oil

We understand the impact that the uncontrolled cultivation of palm oil can have on rainforests and biodiversity. That is why we are constantly monitoring its use in our products and are committed to only purchasing sustainable RSPO certified palm oil. 

Recyclable Packaging

We are trying to strike a balance between visually appealing packaging and quality aspects associated with product protection. We always try to reduce packaging sizes and use recyclable materials wherever possible.

CO2 and Climate

Energy is used in the different production steps for making chocolate, such as heating, cooling, and transport. Greenhouse gas emissions can result from all these processes. We are committed to develop a science-based target for emissions from our entire value chain with a long-term goal to reach net-zero emissions.