Frequently asked questions

Where do our cocoa beans come from? / Where does Lindt & Sprüngli source its cocoa beans from?

The heart of the chocolate produced by Lindt & Sprüngli is the finest cocoa. Knowing which of the many different origins of cocoa beans will best contribute to the distinctive taste of a product is a skill that have perfected over time. High quality beans from the most renowned cocoa origins around the world are selected: Ghana, Latin America (mainly Ecuador), Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and the Caribbean Islands. Learn more

What is the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program? / What is Lindt & Sprüngli doing with regards to sustainable cocoa bean sourcing?

For our premium ingredients, especially our cocoa beans, we work on sustainable farming programs and develop long-term relationships with the farmers. In our Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program in Ghana, Ecuador and Madagascar, we pay a price premium for traceability and verification, and support the farmers in improving their agricultural, environmental and social farming practices and the livelihood of farmers and their communities. Our implementation partner in Ghana is the not-for-profit organization Source Trust.

Internal monitoring systems measure continuous progress, while external assessments verify the progress made. This means we can guarantee consistent high quality and continuous improvement of sustainability standards.

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program includes the following elements:

Step 1: Traceability and farmer organization
Limit the involvement of intermediaries farmers are organized and registered; Gather and analyze data about farms, farmers and communities, e.g. number and age of trees,  agricultural practices, number of children in family, community infrastructure

Step 2: Training and knowledge transfer
Sensitize farmers and their families about worst forms of child labor; Train farmers in professional business, agricultural, social, and ecological farming methods; Improve farmer’s harvest; Motivate and train young and female farmers

Step 3: Farmer investment and community development
Support farmers, e.g. provide cocoa seedlings, farming equipment Support; communities, e. g. provide access to clean drinking water, mosquito nets, schooling facilities

Step 4: Verification and continuous progress
Monitor performance and measure continuous progress; Perform assessments by independent external organizations; Assure effectiveness of the Program

Why Traceability?

Traceability is the base for all other activities to improve the farmers’ and communities’ livelihoods. We need to know who produces our cocoa and what the conditions on the ground are to be able to support them with the right actions.

Why Verification?

The goal of verification is to measure continuous progress and see if certain agricultural, social and environmental standards are met at the farm level and in the sourcing system, to be able to implement corrective actions where needed.

Where does Lindt & Sprüngli stand with regards to sustainable cocoa sourcing and what are the commitments made?
  • Overall, for 2019, a rate of 97% of traceable cocoa beans, and a rate of 92% of traceable and verified cocoa beans sourced from all origins for all products was reached.
  • Lindt & Sprüngli is working towards a 100% traceable and verified cocoa supply chain by end of 2020 and is confident to reach this objective. 
Why does Lindt & Sprüngli not have certified cocoa?

Lindt & Sprüngli shares the goals of the industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations (such as World Cocoa Foundation, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, etc) for a sustainable cocoa production. We appreciate their contributions to improving living and working conditions, introducing better farming practices, fostering biodiversity and eliminating the worst types of child labour. Where appropriate and possible, we collaborate with them as partners. Nevertheless, Lindt & Sprüngli prefers to go its own way. Therefore, we chose to build up our own sustainable cocoa bean sourcing model, mainly for the following reasons:

• We consider our control over every step of the production chain as the perfect base to ensure a sustainable sourcing model.

• Our sourcing model targets our entire cocoa bean supply, and is not limited to single products or product groups.

• Mass balance is not an option for us, as we want to know where all our beans come from.

• The farmers, their families and the village communities are the focus of our efforts. We therefore want to ensure that wherever possible they benefit directly from our financial support.

What is the position of Lindt & Sprüngli on child labor?

Lindt & Sprüngli is extremely concerned about possible practices of child labor and stronly condemns any abusive practices. By improving the livelihoods of farmers and their communities, the risk of child labor can be reduced. Further, with the traceability and verification within our Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, we are able to identify potential cases of child labor and remediate them.