LINDT & SPRÜNGLI FARMING PROGRAM

Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program

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

The Lindt & Sprüngli

promise

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.

Discover chocolate "From Bean to Bar" production in a video

Introducing the Lindt & Sprüngli

Farming Program

2008

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.

2012

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program starts establishing a verification process. Training for farmers is initiated and at the same time progress is monitored.

2016

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.

2017

More than 60,000 farmers are participating in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program and are benefiting from its services.

Watch a video from our Program in Ghana

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.

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Ghana

2008

Ecuador
Ecuador

2014

Madagascar
Madagascar

2015

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea

2017

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic

2018

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The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program consists of

four elements

Element 1
Traceability and farmer organization
Element 2
Training and knowledge transfer
Element 3
Farmer investments and community development
Element 4
Verification and continuous progress
Scroll down and discover how our Farming Program works, based on examples from Ghana and Ecuador.

Element 1: Traceability and

farmer organization

Everything starts with traceability.

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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.

Farmers
Farmer organization

We believe that farmers working together in groups are more successful. That’s why we help our farmers to form groups.

Read more about traceability

Element 2: Training and

knowledge transfer

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.
Agricultural practices

Farmers learn everything from planting and harvesting to fermentation and drying.

Training includes information about biodiversity and the protection of the environment.
Environmental practices

Training includes information about biodiversity and the protection of the environment.

Social practices
Social practices

They receive information about e.g. health, safety or labor standards.

Business practices
Business practices

They learn how to manage their farms professionally as a business.

Meet our cocoa farmers

Element 3: Farmer

investments

Farmers receive support for the professionalization of their farms.

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Farmer investments

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 a video about cocoa farming in Ecuador

Element 3: Community

development

The communities the farmers live in are supported in their development.

Clean water
Farmer computer
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Community 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.

More about sustainable water handling in the video

Element 4: Verification and

continuous progress

The verification of our Program is an important step towards our overall aim of a sustainable long-term supply chain.

Farmers

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.

More about the external verification of the sustainability program

Where we stand in terms of

verification and traceability

We make continuous progress towards a fully traceable and verified cocoa bean supply chain.

2015

89% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

2016

97% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

2017

92% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable

More about the aim of the Farming Program

Our journey towards an even

brighter chocolate future continues