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Lindt & Sprüngli

Member since April 2016


Lindt & Sprüngli is recognised as a leader in the market for premium quality chocolate, offering a large selection of products in more than 120 countries around the world. During almost 175 years of Lindt & Sprüngli's existence, it has become known as one of the most innovative and creative companies making premium chocolate.

Today, quality chocolate products by Lindt & Sprüngli are manufactured at 11 of its own production sites in Europe and the USA. They are distributed by 28 subsidiaries and branches, in around 500 of its own shops and through a network of over 100 independent distributors around the globe. With over 13,500 employees, the Lindt & Sprüngli Group achieved sales of CHF 4.02 billion in 2020. Lindt & Sprüngli developed their own sustainability program for cocoa beans: the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. The Program strives for ecologically and socially responsible cultivation and supports farmers, their families, and their communities.


Earthworm Foundation is supporting Lindt & Sprüngli through a transformation journey of its cocoa bean supply chain, especially in the countries they supply from, by:

  1. Consolidating the strong roots initiated via Lindt & Sprüngli's Farming Program
  2. Accelerating transformation in Lindt & Sprüngli's supply chain
  3. Innovating to ensure Lindt & Sprüngli can take a lead role the cocoa industry in implementation of No Deforestation commitments

Key Milestones

Jan 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli and TFT initiated a partnership for evaluating the Farming Program with 2 suppliers, in Ghana and Ecuador

Apr 2016

Lindt & Sprüngli became an Earthworm Foundation member; and expanded the scope of the work added suppliers in Ecuador and Madagascar

Jan 2017

Evaluating implementation of the Supplier Code of Conduct was added to the scope of Earthworm Foundation visits

Jan 2017

Lindt & Sprüngli began supporting a Rurality programme in the Solomon Islands, through the Lindt Cocoa Foundation and in partnership with Florin AG

Jan 2018

Lindt & Sprüngli launches a Starling pilot in Ghana

Jan 2019

Evaluating implementation of the No-Deforestation and Agroforestry Action Plan was added to the scope of Earthworm Foundation's visits

Jan 2019

Completed the cocoa industry’s first integrated High Carbon Stock (HCS)/ High Conservation Value (HCV) assessment, which took place in the Enchi District in Ghana (see HCSA)

Jan 2020

Earthworm Foundation verifies all Farming Programme supply chains, covering 100% of Lindt & Sprüngli’s cocoa beans for the first time

Our Work

Earthworm Foundation's work with Lindt & Sprüngli aims at meeting the three objectives listed above.

In order to consolidate the strong roots initiated via the Farming Program, we:

  • Visit different suppliers (as of 2021, 10 in total), in order to understand and evaluate the Farming Program's impact in specific contexts
  • Provide recommendations and monitor implementation regularly

In order to accelerate transformation in the supply chain, we:

  • Work to deepen implementation of Lindt & Sprüngli's Supplier Code of Conduct by different suppliers
  • Per each supplier, conducting coaching sessions at the end of visits to co-design recommendations and to give sufficient background knowledge to allow recommendations to be implemented
  • Evaluate the progress made by suppliers since the beginning of the transformation

In order to spur innovation so that Lindt & Sprüngli can take a lead role in the cocoa industry in the implementation of No Deforestation commitments, we:

  • Support a Starling pilot, a satellite monitoring project
  • Support Lindt & Sprüngli in reaching their No-Deforestation and agroforestry commitments

News & Stories

Nov 11, 2020

A webinar about opportunities in the coconut supply chain

Jun 21, 2016

Lindt becomes TFT member