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  • Overall approach
    2/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      UN Global Compact,
      Lindt & Sprungli are members of the UN Global Compact.
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Deforestation does not only cause biodiversity loss and fosters climate change, but also has an effect on the cocoa farmers’ livelihoods.Tropical forests are valuable forests. They absorb carbon dioxide, and help stabilize the world’s climate."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    23/86
    • Palm oil
      38/86
      • Commitment Strength
        22/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/15
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            6/8
            Certification schemes mentioned: RSPO
            Type of commitment: Zero deforestation; Certification
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current
            1.3/1.3
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1/1
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We aim to purchase 100% certified sustainable palm oil according to the RSPO certification models."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        11/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          4/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Lindt Spungli report their total volume of palm oil consumption as 5839 tonnes, 100% of which was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            2/2
            Lindt Spungli report their total volume of palm oil consumption as 5839 tonnes, 100% of which was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          3/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Lindt Spungli report their total volume of palm oil consumption as 5839 tonnes, 100% of which was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            certification
            Lindt Spungli report their total volume of palm oil consumption as 5839 tonnes, 100% of which was RSPO certified.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          Report volumes of commodity
          Full
          4/4
          5839 tonnes
          Lindt Spungli report their total volume of palm oil consumption as 5839 tonnes, 100% of which was RSPO certified in 2018.
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Lindt & Sprüngli require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment on the grounds of gender, age, religion, political opinion, union affiliation, health condition, national or social origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity or color or other basis prohibited by law."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Soy
      21/86
      • Commitment Strength
        11/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/21
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment
            2.7/10.7
            Certification schemes mentioned: Proterra
            Type of commitment: Certification; Sustainability commitment
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Target date
            Current
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            2/2
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            Target is quantifiable
            Yes
            2/2
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/2
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          3/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            3/3
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes
            2/2
            certification
            "Since 2018, all of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass (except for Russell Stover) has been certified with the Pro Terra standard."
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
          Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Lindt & Sprüngli require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment on the grounds of gender, age, religion, political opinion, union affiliation, health condition, national or social origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity or color or other basis prohibited by law."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      11/86
      • Commitment Strength
        6/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Reduction of material inputs
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1/1
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1/1
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
            "Find balance between needed gift giving premium character of packaging & quality aspects of product protection and environmental aspects by reducing packaging size and using predominantly recyclable materials."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        5/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Lindt & Sprüngli require their suppliers to ensure their workers' rights to have freedom of association, and to be free from discrimination, forced labour, and child labour. 
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Discrimination/Gender Rights/Harassment
          1/4
          "Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment on the grounds of gender, age, religion, political opinion, union affiliation, health condition, national or social origin, sexual orientation, ethnicity or color or other basis prohibited by law."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    13/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    5/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/16
    Avg. score

Profile

Lindt & Sprungli is a Swiss chocolatier that markets products in over 120 countries worldwide. Its key brand is Lindt, but it also sells under subsidiaries including Ghirardelli, Russel Stover and Whitman’s. With key markets in Europe and NAFTA, the company ranked among the top ten confectionary manufacturers worldwide in 2015. Lindt & Sprungli is exposed to the forest risk commodities palm oil and soy, which are used in many of its chocolate products. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Packaged food
Segments
Manufacturer
HQ
HQ 
Switzerland
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Lindt, Russell Stover, Whitman's, Pangburn's, Caffarel, HofBauer, Kufferle

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