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

Traceability is the basis of any sustainable activity.

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Around 80,000 farmers in the Program

Only if you know where the beans come from and who grew them can you specifically influence the local conditions. 

Farmers
Farmer organization

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

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. About 400 passionate Program Managers work with the cocoa farmers in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.

 

The Program trainers teach the farmers in the following fields:

Farmers learn everything from planting and harvesting to fermentation and drying of cocoa.
Agricultural practices

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

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

Training includes information about biodiversity, deforestation, handling of wild animals on the farm, usage of bio-fertilisers and the protection of the environment in general. 

Social practices
Social practices

The farmers are sensitised on various topics such as child labour, health and safety, waste management, maintaining their health, safety and labour standards.

Business practices
Business practices

They learn how to manage their farms professionally as a business and increase their incomes by boosting productivity on their farms or diversify their income.

Meet our 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 nursery
Farmer Premiums
Farmer

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

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

- Access to financial knowledge and services 

- Support for generating additional income through capacity building and starting capital 

Play video "Farming Program Ecuador"

Pillar 3: Community development

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

Borehole
School

- Access to drinking water through construction of water systems and boreholes

- Child Labor Monitoring and Remediation, including primary school refurbishment

Pillar 4: Continuous progress and verification

The external 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 Farming 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 and environmental friendly agriculture. The Earthworm Foundation 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 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