Lindt & Sprungli achieves 2016 Cocoa Commitment
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli has achieved its 2016 cocoa beans commitment, which states that by 2016 the entire cocoa beans supply chain from Ghana is traceable and also verified.
Lindt & Sprungli has control over every step of the production process in-house, from the selection of the finest cocoa varieties through to the finished product. The company believes that this is is one of the most fundamental criteria for a transparent and traceable cocoa supply chain – and it’s a task that Lindt & Sprungli does not want to delegate to others.
For that reason, the Lindt & Sprungli Farming Program was initiated in 2008. In this programme, Lindt & SpruÌˆngli works on long-term relationships with the farmers and pays a price premium for every ton of cocoa beans sourced. The aim is to improve farming practices and the livelihood of farmers and their communities.
Organising the farmers and establishing traceability builds the base for all activities to improve the farmers’ and communities’ living condition. Therefore, it is essential to know who grows the cocoa and what the local conditions are in order to support the farmers and communities according to their needs. To further improve its sustainability credentials, Lindt & Sprungli initiated in 2012 a programme of external verification of its cocoa supply chain. The verification is carried out by an independent third party, which assesses all elements of the programme and gives recommendations for further improvement.
Total investment by the Lindt & Sprungli Group through its Lindt & Sprungli Farming Program for cocoa in all countries will be more than CHF 8 million (£6.4m) in 2017, with focus on Ghana. In addition, the Lindt Cocoa Foundation will also support the programme with close to $2m (£1.6m) in 2017.