No-Deforestation Action Plan

Lindt & Sprüngli aims for no deforestation in cocoa with a target date of December 31, 2025, and to work towards the elimination of deforestation in its other key deforestation linked supply chains (palm oil, soy, and paper and pulp-based packaging).

Find further information on our other raw materials in our Deforestation Policy, which sets our ambitions to eliminate deforestation in our supply chain. As part of our Deforestation Policy, all direct suppliers of cocoa must ensure that volumes supplied to Lindt & Sprüngli are either sourced through the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, or certified under a certification standard approved by Lindt & Sprüngli (e.g., Rainforest Alliance) by the end of 2025.

Our actions in the cocoa supply chain

To address cocoa-related deforestation through our Farming Program, we have defined the following principal objectives of our Cocoa No-Deforestation & Agroforestry Action Plan.

  1. No cocoa sourcing from protected areas as per local laws
  2. No expansion of land for cocoa cultivation into areas defined by the High Carbon Stock Approach or equivalent
  3. Agroforestry systems for cocoa production
  4. Supporting community forest protection and restoration

By 2025 we aim for the Action Plan to cover our entire cocoa supply.

Implementing effective measures to address deforestation is a shared responsibility and requires coordinated and collaborative efforts of governments, companies, and civil society organizations. In 2017, as part of our efforts to implement our Action Plan, we became a signatory of the Cocoa & Forest Initiative (CFI), a regional public-private partnership.

In addition to our activities to address deforestation and promote agroforestry, the fostering of biodiversity using ecologically sound cultivation methods and the promotion of cocoa diversity are also key elements of the Lindt & Sprüngli Sustainability Plan and Farming Program. Furthermore, as part of our Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) we are developing action plans with the goal of reducing carbon emissions in our cocoa value chain.

No-Deforestation & Agroforestry Action Plan

As part of our participation in the Cocoa & Forests Initiative, we developed the No-Deforestation & Agroforestry Action Plan which outlines our approach to achieving a deforestation-free cocoa supply chain by 2025. We also annually report on our progress in our No-Deforestation & Agroforestry Progress Report.