LINDT & SPRÜNGLI FARMING PROGRAM

Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program

Our commitment to sustainability starts with a bean, a tree, and a farmer.

Our promise

 Sustainability  plays  a  key  role  at  Lindt  &   Sprüngli.  For  us,  economic success, environmental protection and social responsibility  go  hand  in  hand.   This is reflected in our commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain and in our sustainability promise:
„All the products that leave our factories will ultimately live up to our commitment to sustainability along the entire value chain.“

Our approach

High-quality cocoa beans are the heart of our chocolates. We, at Lindt & Sprüngli, take on responsibility from the selection of the cocoa beans to the production of the finished chocolate products –
from “bean to bar”. That's why we developed our own sustainability program for cocoa beans: the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. The cocoa beans in Lindt & Sprüngli's chocolates come from the Farming Program. The Program strives for ecologically and socially responsible cultivation and supports farmers, their families and their communities.

100% of our cocoa beans are traceable back to their origin and externally verified. 

This allows us to support farmers and their communities based on their specific needs. It empowers farmers to manage their farms in accordance with sound agricultural, social, ecological, and economic practices. The engagement enables farmers to increase their yields and income, shows them how land for agriculture can be safeguarded in the long-term, and fosters access to farming equipment and village infrastructure.

Introducing the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program

2008

Start of the Farming Program 
in Ghana, with focus on traceability
and community development.

2012

Extension of the Farming Program
to cover four pillars: traceability, training,
community support and verification.

2013

Lindt Cocoa Foundation
is established.

2014

Start of the Farming Program
in Ecuador.

2015

Start of the Farming Program
in Madagascar.

2016

Cocoa bean supply chain from Ghana
is 100% traceable and externally verified.

2017

Start of the Farming Program
in Papua New Guinea.

2018

Start of the Farming Program in the Dominican Republic.

All countries from which Lindt & Sprüngli sources cocoa beans are now part of the Farming Program.

2019

Launch of the No-Deforestation and
Agroforestry Action Plan for Cocoa.

2020

Interim goal reached:
100% traceable and externally verified cocoa bean supply

2025

By 2025, 100% of cocoa will be sourced through sustainability programs.

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, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. The Farming Program is in place in all countries we source from.

In our countries of origins, cocoa production faces deep-rooted challenges. Small farms, old and diseased cocoa trees as well as limited agricultural practices can result in low yields and not enough income for farmers and their families. Poor infrastructure and a lack of access to farming equipment make production even more difficult. Finally, environmental challenges such as climate change and deforestation are crucial issues.
It is our priority to tackle these challenges and take on responsibility for a sustainable cocoa cultivation.

Flag Ghana
Ghana

2008

Ecuador
Ecuador

2014

Madagascar
Madagascar

2015

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

2017

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic

2018

Learn more about cocoa

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program consists of four pillars

Pillar 1
Traceability and farmer organization
Pillar 2
Training and knowledge transfer
Pillar 3
Farmer investments and community development
Pillar 4
Verification and continuous progress
Find out more about what we aim to achieve with the Farming Program

Pillar 1: Traceability and farmer organization

To create a positive impact for the farmers in our supply chain, we need to know where our cocoa beans come from. Therefore, our Program starts with:

Farmers

Registering farmers and organizing them in groups for Program implementation

Gathering baseline data

Gathering baseline data about farms (incl. GPS coordinates), farmers, and communities to assess their needs and design the Program

sound traceability system

Establishing a sound traceability system of cocoa beans from the cocoa farmers all the way to our factory doors

Read more about traceability

Pillar 2: Training and knowledge transfer

The Program helps the farmers to improve and professionalize their way of farming by giving training and transferring knowledge. Around 440 passionate Program Trainers work with the cocoa farmers in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

 

Through theoretical and practical training and coaching, farmers are enabled to professionalize:

Agricultural practices
Agricultural practices

including planting, maintenance, harvesting, fermentation, and drying of cocoa beans

Environmental practices
Environmental practices

such as protection of biodiversity and the environment

Social practices
Social practices

and sensitization to topics such as health, safety, labor standards, and child labor

Business practices
Business practices

including bookkeeping, farm management, and income diversification

Meet two cocoa farmers

Pillar 3: Farmer investments

In order to enable farmers to diversify and increase their income as well as improve their resilience, the Program provides:

Seedling

Productive and disease-resistant cocoa seedlings, as well as multi-purpose shade trees

Boots

In-kind premiums (e.g., farming tools and inputs) or cash premiums

Knowledge

Access to financial knowledge and services

Funds

Support for generating additional income through trainings and starting capital

Play video "Farming Program Ecuador"

Pillar 3: Community development

In order to support communities in their development, the Program provides:

Tap

Access to drinking water through construction of water systems and boreholes

School

Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation (CLMR), including primary school refurbishment

Pillar 4: Verification and continuous progress

For the purpose of assuring the effectiveness and credibility of the Program, a structured internal and external evaluation takes place:

Farmer

Internal monitoring by Program field staff based on yearly visits to all farmers in the Program to evaluate the progress of farmers’ agricultural, social, ecological, and economic practices

Asssessment

Annual external assessment by the Earthworm Foundation, including visits to each origin

Identification

Identification, discussion, and implementation of corrective actions based on data gathered and the external assessment results for continuous improvement of the Program

More about external verification

Where we stand in terms of verification and traceability

In 2020, we achieved a 100% traceable and externally verified cocoa bean supply chain.

2017

Coffee bean bag
Coffee bean bag verification Coffee bean bag traceability
Coffee bean bags Coffee bean bag tag Coffee leaves

92% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

2018

Coffee bean bag
Coffee bean bag verification Coffee bean bag traceability
Coffee bean bags Coffee bean bag tag

97% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

2019

Coffee bean bag
Coffee bean bag verification Coffee bean bag traceability
Coffee bean bag Coffee bean bag tag Coffee bean bag beans

97% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

2020

Coffee bean bag
Coffee bean bag verification Coffee bean bag traceability
Coffee bean bag Coffee bean bag tag Coffee bean bag beans

100% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable