The Lindt & Sprüngli
Farming Program

What the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program is about

The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program builds on the “bean to bar” approach, which allows us to oversee the entire production process, take responsibility, and directly support cocoa farmers and farming communities according to their context-specific needs. 100% of our cocoa beans are sourced through the Farming Program. In 2021, we have expanded the Program from cocoa beans to cocoa butter. In 2022, we also started sourcing small amounts of cocoa powder through our Farming Program. The Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program is aimed at three main outcomes: increasing the resilience of farming households, reducing the risk of child labor, and conserving biodiversity and natural ecosystems. To achieve this vision, our Program deploys measures to facilitate higher productivity, support diversification of household incomes, improve community infrastructure, and address deforestation.

The Farming Program guarantees us access to the supply of high-quality cocoa beans from a pre-defined and stable base of cocoa farmers, while our stakeholders can be assured that we source and process the traceable beans from the farmers in our externally verified Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. Since 2020, 100% of our cocoa beans are traceable back to the farmers and externally verified. This is a major step toward our target to source all cocoa products (beans, butter, powder, and chocolate mass) through sustainability programs by 2025.


Challenges & Our Objectives

In our countries of origin, cocoa production faces deep-rooted challenges. Small farms, old and diseased cocoa trees, as well as limited agricultural practices, can result in low yields and insufficient income for farmers and their families. Poor infrastructure and a lack of access to farming equipment make production even more difficult. Finally, environmental challenges such as climate change and deforestation are crucial issues.

It is our priority to tackle these obstacles. The goal of the Farming Program is to create decent and resilient livelihoods for today’s and future cocoa farmers and their families, and encourage more sustainable farming practices. We aim to achieve this by facilitating higher productivity of farms, farmer premiums, access to finance, diversified household incomes, community development and improved infrastructure, preservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems, and reduced risk of child labor.

Higher productivity of farms and at the same time, conservation of biodiversity and natural ecosystems
Diversified incomes and increased resilience of farmers
Improved community infrastructure
Reduction of the risk of child labor

Our Approach – 4 Pillars

The four pillars of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program


Tracing our beans

To create a positive impact for the farmers in our supply chain, we need to know where our cocoa beans come from. Therefore, our Program starts with:

Registering farmers and organizing them in groups for Program implementation

Gathering baseline data about farms (incl. GPS coordinates and farm polygons), farmers, and communities to assess their needs and design the Program

Establishing a sound traceability system of cocoa beans from the cocoa farmers all the way to our factory doors

Training the farmers

Through theoretical and practical training and coaching, farmers are enabled to professionalize:

Agricultural practices, including planting, maintenance, harvesting, fermentation, and drying of cocoa beans

Environmental practices, such as protection of biodiversity and the environment

Social practices and sensitization to topics such as health, safety, labor standards, and child labor

Business practices, including bookkeeping, farm management, and income diversification

Investments for farmers and communities

In order to enable farmers to diversify and increase their income as well as improve their resilience, the Program provides:

Productive and disease-resistant cocoa seedlings, as well as multi-purpose shade trees for agroforestry

In-kind premiums (e.g., farming tools and inputs) or cash premiums

Access to financial knowledge and services including support of Village Saving & Loan Associations

Support for generating additional income through trainings and starting capital

Community Development

In order to support communities in their development, the Program provides:

Access to drinking water through construction of water systems and boreholes

Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation System (CLMRS), including investments in education infrastructure

Independently verifying our program

For the purpose of assuring the effectiveness and credibility of the Program, a structured internal and external evaluation takes place:

Internal monitoring by Program field staff based on yearly visits to all farmers in the Program to evaluate the progress of farmers’ sustainable farming practices

Annual external assessment by an independent third party

Identification, discussion, and implementation of corrective actions based on data gathered and the external assessment results for continuous improvement of the Program

Memberships & Partnerships

Reports & Policies

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