The Lindt & Sprüngli
Lindt & Sprüngli is one of the few manufacturers to produce chocolate from bean to bar. This enables us to foster sustainable behavior along the entire value chain.
High-quality cocoa beans are the heart of our chocolates. We want to know where those beans come from and what the conditions are on the ground. Lindt & Sprüngli has a big advantage in this, as we are one of the few chocolate companies to have control over every step of the production chain, from the selection of the finest cocoa varieties through to the finished product. This is one of the most fundamental elements of a sustainable and traceable cocoa bean supply chain – and it's not a task we want to delegate to others. That’s why we implemented our own sustainable sourcing model: the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.
Lindt & Sprüngli produces
from bean to bar
Introducing the Lindt & Sprüngli
Lindt & Sprüngli Program established in Ghana with 100% traceable cocoa beans. We pay a special premium for every ton of cocoa beans to ensure traceability and to support community development.
The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program starts establishing a verification process. Training for farmers is initiated and at the same time progress is monitored.
We reached the goal of 100% verified cocoa bean supply chain in Ghana. The premiums paid so far for the sustainably sourced cocoa beans add up to more than 14 mio. US Dollars.
More than 60,000 farmers are participating in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program and are benefiting from its services.
The Lindt & Sprüngli
Discover how we source our most important raw material, the cocoa beans:
Countries covered by
the Farming Program
Lindt & Sprüngli sources its high-quality cocoa beans from the world's most renowned cocoa origins such as Ghana, Latin America (mainly Ecuador), the Caribbean, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Farming Programs are in place in the following countries and we are continuously working to establish the program in other countries.
rule the world
Chocolate is made from these two types of beans:
90-95% of the world’s cocoa harvest is commercial cocoa. Mainly cultivated in West Africa.
Trinitario & Criollo
5-10% of the world’s cocoa harvest is fine flavor cocoa. It is cultivated mainly in Latin America and the Carribean. These types are famous for its fine aromas.
In our recipes we use a special blend of beans. The blend is a well-kept secret and makes up the exquisite aroma of our chocolates. But we give you a hint: Around 40% of all cocoa beans processed at Lindt & Sprüngli is fine flavored cocoa.
The Lindt & Sprüngli
Farming Program consists of
Traceability and farmer organization
Training and knowledge transfer
Farmer investments and community development
Verification and continuous progress
Scroll down and discover how our Farming Program works, based on examples from Ghana and Ecuador.
and farmer organization
Everything starts with traceability.
More than 55,000 farmers
Traceability is important. We can only have an impact on local circumstances if we know where the beans are coming from.
We believe that farmers working together in groups are more successful. That’s why we help our farmers to form groups.
Traceability starts at farm level, up to our factory doors. When a farmer sells cocoa, documentation is completed detailing the name of the farmer, the farmer code, location and volume sold. Every additional farmer selling in the same location is added to the documentation. Deliveries from different locations come together in central warehouses, always including the
respective documentation lists.
When a container is loaded to be shipped to our warehouses, farmer documentation lists pertaining to the respective container are compiled into a traceability certificate. Once a container is approved by our quality departments, the traceability certificate is sent to Lindt & Sprüngli. This enables us to know exactly from where those beans are coming from.
The program helps the farmers to improve their way of farming by giving training and transferring knowledge. They receive training in the following fields:
Farmers learn everything from planting and harvesting to fermentation and drying.
Training includes information about biodiversity and the protection of the environment.
They receive information about e.g. health, safety or labor standards.
They learn how to manage their farms professionally as a business.
Meet two of
Vida Arthur Kunkumso
Ms. Arthur grows cocoa on 2.5 hectares since 1998. She appreciates the secure source of income. The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program in Ghana, which she joined in 2013, taught her good agricultural practices. At the same time, her community benefitted from a borehole that supplies clean drinking water. Ms. Arthur would like to see the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program expand to educate other women on lucrative side jobs.
Ricondo Jacinto Chavez Verduga
Mr. Chavez Verduga started growing cocoa 24 years ago on the ten hectares of his farm. He appreciates that cocoa is faster in terms of rotation of money compared to oranges, tangerines, and lemons, which he also grows. Like any farmer, Mr. Chavez Verduga is worried about different types of diseases affecting the plants. That is why he likes being part of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program in Ecuador. Since joining the Program in 2014, he has learned and applied various new agricultural techniques, e. g. improved pruning.
and community development
Farmers receive support for the professionalization of their farms.
Farmers often do not have access to farming and planting equipment. This is why the Farming Program invests in the set-up of farm shops, nurseries with new cocoa plants, demonstration plots where farmers are taught about good farming practices, plant protection products or pruning tools.
Watch how our farmer investments are contributing to better farming practices in Ecuador:
and community development
The communities the farmers live in are supported in their development.
Quite often, the local communities lack access to clean drinking water. This is why wells and boreholes are constructed. Other investments include village resource centers that give access to information and communication technology infrastructure, mosquito nets for malaria protection or school refurbishments.
drinking water and education
See the impact of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program to the farmer communities
and continuous progress
The verification of our Program is an important step towards our overall aim of a sustainable long-term supply chain.
Within the internal monitoring & performance management system, field staff visit each farmer participating in the Program at least once a year to see if the training content on agricultural, social, environmental and business aspects of farming is applied on the farms. Potential corrective actions are discussed together with the farmer and their implementation monitored. The ultimate aim is to measure the progress the farmers are making towards sustainable cocoa production. The Forest Trust visits each Program at least once a year to conduct external assessments, and to give recommendations for further improvement.
This enables the progress made to be verified.
verification is important
«Having the necessary distance to interpret the Farming Program, we are in a credible position to assess success, key learnings, challenges; and guiding Lindt & Sprüngli and its suppliers towards a deeper supply chain transformation.»
CEO The Forest Trust
The Forest Trust (TFT) is a global environmental charity that helps companies run responsible supply chains.
Where we stand
in terms of verification and traceability
We make continuous progress towards a fully traceable and verified cocoa bean supply chain.
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What the program aims to achieve
The Farming Program supports the development mainly in the following three areas:
Farmers implementing professional agricultural practices increase their productivity.
The program supports thriving communities by opening village resource and ICT centers, reconstructing schools, new boreholes and the distribution of malaria nets.
Farmers know and care about the importance of biodiversity on their farms. The Program fosters the use of organic products, e.g. fertilizers.
Our journey towards an even
brighter chocolate future continues
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