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 companies to produce chocolate from bean to bar – from the selection of the finest cocoa varieties through to the finished product. This is one of the most fundamental criteria of a sustainable and traceable cocoa bean supply chain – and it's not a task we want to delegate to others. That’s why Lindt & Sprüngli implemented an own sustainable sourcing model: the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program.
Introducing the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program
Lindt & Sprüngli Farming 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.
The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program starts establishing a verification process. Training for cocoa farmers is initiated and at the same time progress is monitored.
We reached our 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.
More than 72,500 farmers are participating in the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program and are benefiting from its services.
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 Dominican Republic, 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 we source from.
The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program consists of four elements
Element 1: Farmer organization and traceability
Everything starts with traceability.
Traceability is important. We can only have an impact on local circumstances if we know where the beans are coming from.
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.
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 of cocoa.
Training includes information about biodiversity and the protection of the environment.
They receive information about e.g. health, safety, labor standards or child labor.
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.
Element 3: Farmer investments
Farmers receive support and equipment for the professionalization of their farms.
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 learn about good agricultural practices, environmental protection products or pruning tools.
Element 3: Community development
The communities the farmers live in are supported in their 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.
Element 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.
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.
Where we stand in terms of verification and traceability
We make continuous progress towards a fully traceable and verified cocoa bean supply chain.
89% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable
97% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable
92% cocoa beans traceable and verified cocoa beans traceable