Memberships and partnerships
World Cocoa Foundation
The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization that promotes sustainability in the cocoa sector by providing cocoa farmers with the support they need to grow more quality cocoa and strengthen their communities.
Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of WCF since 2015, and regularly supports specific projects of the organization. Currently, a project helping cocoa farmers adapt to weather and climate impact (read more) and an initiative to end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain (read more).
The Earthworm Foundation (formerly known as The Forest Trust - TFT) is a non-profit organization working with global companies, NGOs and communities to transform supply chains for people and nature.
In 2015, Lindt & Sprüngli started working with the Earthworm Foundation as external assessment partner and became officially a member of the organization in June 2016. At least once a year, Earthworm Foundation visits and evaluates each of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Programs for cocoa beans. Progress is regularly communicated on its Transparency Hub.
Lindt Cocoa Foundation
The Lindt Cocoa Foundation was founded in 2013 and has the declared purpose of working to achieve social and ecological sustainability in the cultivation, production and processing of cocoa and other raw materials used in chocolate production. The Lindt Cocoa Foundation supplements the already existing endeavors of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group designed to improve the living and working conditions of farmers in the countries of origin of the raw materials, and co-funds certain elements within the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. Its projects ensure that raw material procurement is done in a way which works more effectively towards sustainable agricultural development.
IDH – Sustainable Trade Initiative
IDH drives sustainability from niche to norm; by convening companies, civil society organizations, governments and others in public-private partnerships. Together with partners, IDH designs, co-funds and prototypes new economically viable approaches to realize green & inclusive growth at scale. IDH’s approaches are designed to drive sustainability in commodity sectors and sourcing areas, while delivering impact on the Sustainable Development Goals.
IDH is a major co-funding partner of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program in Ghana, and supports us to drive innovations for the benefit of the cocoa farmers. (https://www.idhsustainabletrade.com/sectors/cocoa/)
CORIP / Solidaridad
The Cocoa Rehabilitation and Intensification Program (CORIP) for Ghana seeks cocoa sustainability by improving farmers’ access to quality inputs. Responsible for the project is Solidaridad, an international network organization envisioning a world where the people who produce the resources on which we all depend can contribute to change that matters, change that leads to prosperity for all, without harming each other or the environment.
CORIP is a co-funding partner of the Lindt & Sprüngli Program in Ghana, and supports us in developing inclusive and participative approaches for access to inputs, as well as the professionalization of farmers.
CATIE Center for Tropical Agricultural Research
Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba, Costa Rica, has the second-largest collection of cocoa varieties worldwide and works on the Cacao Genetic Improvement Program. In 2007, the Program released a group of six high-yielding and frosty-pod-tolerant clones for distribution to farmers. More than 200 clones are under evaluation in different field trials. Going forward, CATIE will put an emphasis on the quality of these varieties, and established an in-house quality laboratory. The funds provided by Lindt & Sprüngli cover the costs to obtain, prepare, and process samples for quality analysis in the laboratory.
University of Trinidad and Tobago
The Cocoa Research Center of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad holds the largest cocoa collection in the world. Lindt & Sprüngli already co-funded several activities of the Research Center. Currently, we cover the costs for the establishment and maintenance of a model cocoa farm, using global best practices and outreach mechanisms. The goal is to support their efforts in propagating high yielding and disease resistant fine flavor cocoa trees.