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Sustainability summary

Lindt has achieved the E-label, because only a little information is published about a policy on sustainability. It is hard to see the effort Lindt is making on sustainability. Therefore, more policy and transparency is needed.

Brand owner: Lindt & Sprüngli GmbH
Head office: Kilchberg, Switzerland
Sector: Chocolate brands
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Lindt sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 January 2016 by Heinz
Last reviewed: 13 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Lindt & Sprüngli (brand owner of Lindt), implements measures to reduce greenhouse fas emissions, such as improving energy efficiency, reducing waste and packaging and keeping food miles low (see link, pages 21-23). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Lindt & Sprüngli reports that its relative climate footprint has been reduced by 16% (CO2 per ton of chocolate produced) from 2008 to 2014. However, no absolute climate footprint of own operations is published (see link, page 22). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Lindt & Sprüngli reports to use a growing share of renewable energy, but doesn't communicate any information about the percentage of total renewable energy used (see link, page 21). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Lindt & Sprüngli reports that special attention is paid to a constant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but doesn't specify the target percentage or the target year (see link, page 21-22). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Lindt & Sprüngli mentions the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond its own operations, but doesn't provide concrete information on policy measures implemented and results achieved (see link, page 8). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

1 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Lindt & Sprüngli implements organic farming measures within its “Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program”. However, clear results as well as accordance to eligible environmental certification schemes aren't specified. Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Lindt & Sprüngli doesn't mention the use of environmentally certified fillings or ingredients. Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Lindt & Sprüngli is purchasing 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO segregation model, effective by the end of 2015. Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Lindt & Sprüngli communicates that it reduces the weight of its packaging materials and facilitates recycling. However, aggregate results of its packaging materials footprint are not made public (see link, page 9, 19-23). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Lindt & Sprüngli communicates a waste reduction policy, but doesn't report the overall performance and annual waste materials footprint (see link, page 9). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

1 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Lindt & Sprüngli implements several measures to improve the farmers working and living conditions, such as its “Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program”, but doesn't mention if payments for smallholder farmers and plantation workers are realized that go beyond social certification schemes (see link, page 11-20). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Lindt & Sprüngli communicates about traceability and verification processes, which refer to the company's standards (“Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program”). However, accordance to eligible social certification schemes isn't specified (see link, pages 1-5). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Lindt & Sprüngli doesn't report whether any of the fillings and/or ingredients are purchased from socially certified sources. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? See remark for labor conditions policy question 8. Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Lindt & Sprüngli reports that its sugar is sourced from farmers located in the US and Europe (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France) only. Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Lindt & Sprüngli doesn't provide a significant list of direct suppliers. Source