Child Labor

Child labor in cocoa farming is a widespread and complex issue that is deeply rooted in poverty and sociocultural behaviors. Children’s vulnerability puts them under increased risk of exploitation for labor. We have always considered tackling child labor as a priority and are firmly committed to avoiding and remediating it in our cocoa supply chain and engaged to implement an effective mechanism to address child labor in our cocoa supply chain.

Lindt & Sprüngli strongly condemns all forms of child labor and we believe that child labor issues can be resolved by addressing their root causes. With our sustainability program for cocoa beans, the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, we aim to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farming households and their communities and thereby reduce the risk of child labor. We achieved a 100% traceable and externally verified cocoa bean supply chain in 2020. We maintain our commitment and continue working hard to constantly improve our cocoa supply chain and the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program. Through the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program, our partners on the ground implement specific measures striving to prevent, monitor, and remediate child labor in at-risk countries (also called Child Labor Monitoring & Remediation System CLMRS). These measures include training and awareness-raising, identifying prohibited child labor, and various measures for prevention and remediation of child labor, such as investments in community infrastructure like building of schools or water boreholes, setting up Village Saving and Loan Associations (VSLAs), or promoting income diversification activities.

In 2020, all the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program farmers in child labor risk countries were covered by a Child Labor Monitoring & Remediation System (CLMRS).

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