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:
Lindt & Sprüngli and TFT initiated a partnership for evaluating the Farming Program with 2 suppliers, in Ghana and Ecuador
Lindt & Sprüngli became an Earthworm Foundation member; and expanded the scope of the work added suppliers in Ecuador and Madagascar
Evaluating implementation of the Supplier Code of Conduct was added to the scope of Earthworm Foundation visits
Lindt & Sprüngli began supporting a Rurality programme in the Solomon Islands, through the Lindt Cocoa Foundation and in partnership with Florin AG
Lindt & Sprüngli launches a Starling pilot in Ghana
Evaluating implementation of the No-Deforestation and Agroforestry Action Plan was added to the scope of Earthworm Foundation's visits
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)
Earthworm Foundation verifies all Farming Programme supply chains, covering 100% of Lindt & Sprüngli’s cocoa beans for the first time
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:
In order to accelerate transformation in the supply chain, we:
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: