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  • Overall approach
    4/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      No overarching deforestation commitment
      0/4
      Commodities (if applicable): 0

      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?:
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Which initiatives?: UN Global Compact; Other initiative

      If Other Initiative, specify:: RSPO, World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), The Earthworm Foundation, Cocoa & Forests Initiative 
      "Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of the UN Global Compact. As such, Lindt & Sprüngli reports yearly on the progress made regarding the principles of the UN Global Compact.""Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of RSPO and thereby contributes to the increase of sustainable palm oil. The Group reports yearly on the progress made.""Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of WCF since 2015, and regularly supports specific projects and initiatives of the organization. These projects are for example the Climate Smart Cocoa Initiative, the Covid-19 Response and the Cocoa & Forest Initiative." "In 2015, Lindt & Sprüngli started working with Earthworm Foundation as external assessment partner and became an official member in June 2016. At least once a year, Earthworm Foundation visits and evaluates each of the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Programs for cocoa beans. Progress is regularly communicated on the Earthworm Foundation Transparency Hub." "Lindt & Sprüngli is a signatory of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative and has published multi-year targets for its sustainable sourcing programs in Ghana & Côte d’Ivoire, including for example the target to plant 2.7 million shade trees until 2022. As active member of the CFI, Lindt & Sprüngli reports on progress on an annual basis"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Tropical forests have inherent value, and they also provide critical ecosystem services for neighbouring agricultural production. Biodiverse forests absorb carbon dioxide, help to stabilize the climate, and regulate the water cycle by contributing to local rainfall. They also protect farmers against floods, drought, and soil erosion, among countless other benefits. Yet, forests continue to be lost and degraded at alarming rates"
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: operational and reputational
      "Due to the long-term nature of our engagement with farmers, tackling the topic of deforestation is crucial to maintain the supply security for our most important ingredient, cocoa, and in specific, cocoa from the farmers in our Farming Program." "Agroforestry – the deliberate inclusion of shade trees in cropping systems – can increase the sustainability of cocoa production by supporting high levels of biodiversity, buffering cocoa from climate changes, mitigating future climate change through carbon sequestration, and encouraging agricultural intensification without deforestation. Because of these advantages, and in response to supply-chain and reputational risks, chocolate producing companies are increasingly engaging in efforts to implement cocoa agroforestry in major producing countries"
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: As often as required and at least once a year

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Pulp & Paper
      "At Lindt&Sprüngli, all issues relating to sustainability are dealt with by the highest level of management. Our Corporate Sustainability Committee of the Board consists of three members of the Board of Directors. It supports the Board of Directors in setting the strategic course for company activities, while promoting comprehensive sustainable management. The Committee is responsible for the development and adoption of all globally valid corporate policies in this area and monitors compliance. It meets as often as required, but at least once a year"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 40 hectares
      In their Forest and Restoration Commitments, Lindt & Sprungli commit to "Public-private collaboration to identify good practices, technical guidance and incentive mechanisms for forest restoration and agroforestry. Support distribution and planting of native trees for off-farm restoration (reforestation)" with 2 hectares restored through direct investment in 2019 and 40 hectares in 2020. 
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "Building on existing efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions in our production processes, we aim to reduce our total emissions footprint across our global operations and value chain in line with climate science. This is an important contribution to curb climate change, which we recognize as a threat to our environment...Define a science-based target with a goal to reach net-zero emissions in the long term, to be announced in 2023 latest. In the meanwhile, 2% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the production process per year from 2020, per ton produced"
  • Commodity score
    29/88
    • Palm oil
      34/88
      • Commitment Strength
        10/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          4/8
          • Commitment details
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Credible certification scheme
            2/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO
            "Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level. "; "We are committed to purchasing sustainable palm oil. As an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm (RSPO), founded by WWF in 2004, we are sourcing 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil."  
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level. "; "We are committed to purchasing sustainable palm oil. As an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm (RSPO), founded by WWF in 2004, we are sourcing 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil." 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level. "; "We are committed to purchasing sustainable palm oil. As an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm (RSPO), founded by WWF in 2004, we are sourcing 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil." 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level. "; "We are committed to purchasing sustainable palm oil. As an active member of the Round Table on Sustainable Palm (RSPO), founded by WWF in 2004, we are sourcing 100% RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil." 
        • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: HCS; Peat
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Freely Chosen Employment: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use forced, bonded or indentured labor or involuntary prison labor. Employment is voluntary... Child Labor Avoidance: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Convention and/or national law, whichever is more stringent... Non-Discrimination: Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Suppliers shall respect the rights of employees to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively... The Code is informed by internationally recognized principles such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organization’s fundamental conventions." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Non-Discrimination: 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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        20/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "In their 2020 RSPO report, Lindt & Sprungli report a total of 6944.0 tons of palm oil of which 100% is RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Certification

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO
            In their 2020 RSPO report, Lindt & Sprungli report a total of 6944.0 tons of palm oil of which 100% is RSPO certified. 
          • Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Commitment to protect High Carbon Stock areas and/or peatlands
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1/1
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO
            "We recognize that palm oil production is associated with environmental and social sustainability issues, including deforestation and conversion of peatlands, biodiversity loss and the exploitation of workers, local communities, and indigenous people. To address these challenges, we are committed to only purchasing sustainable palm oil according to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) standard....Since December 2015, Lindt&Sprüngli has sourced 100% of its palm oil, palm kernel oil, and their fractions with RSPO certification and, for all our products produced in Europe, 100% according to the RSPO “Segregated” traceability level". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and industry standards. Suppliers shall implement policies and procedures to identify, prevent and minimize relevant negative environmental impacts. This includes information and training of relevant employees. Further, Suppliers shall comply with any additional environmental requirements specific to the products or services being provided to Lindt&Sprüngli as called for in design and product specifications and contract documents."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: RSPO
          "Lindt & Sprüngli is a member of RSPO and thereby contributes to the increase of sustainable palm oil. The Group reports yearly on the progress made."
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable domestic and international laws and regulations, industry standards, and all other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements impose the highest standards of conduct..."Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Report volumes of commodity
          Reporting total volume
          2/2
          Total/partial volume reported: 6944.0 tons
          In their 2020 RSPO report, Lindt & Sprungli report a total of 6944.0 tons of palm oil of which 100% is RSPO certified. 
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the non-certified/non-compliant volume?: 0 tons

          What is the certified volume?: 6944.0 tons

          What third-party verification is used?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          What is the compliant volume?: 100%
          In their 2020 RSPO report, Lindt & Sprungli report a total of 6944.0 tons of palm oil of which 100% is RSPO certified. 
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the supplier code of conduct
          "Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      31/88
      • Commitment Strength
        14/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/8
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            "One of our newly defined commitments of the initiative is of particular relevance for supporting our sustainable sourcing efforts: by 2025, we commit to source all our pulp- and paper-based packaging from a certified sustainable supply chain." Certification not specified.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "One of our newly defined commitments of the initiative is of particular relevance for supporting our sustainable sourcing efforts: by 2025, we commit to source all our pulp- and paper-based packaging from a certified sustainable supply chain."
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "One of our newly defined commitments of the initiative is of particular relevance for supporting our sustainable sourcing efforts: by 2025, we commit to source all our pulp- and paper-based packaging from a certified sustainable supply chain."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          5/5
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            3/3
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "we continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve full recyclability or reusability...by 2025 we will...make at least 50% of all our packaging from recycled materials"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "we continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve full recyclability or reusability...by 2025 we will...make at least 50% of all our packaging from recycled materials"
          • Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            Target date
            2025
            0.3/0.7
            "we continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve full recyclability or reusability...by 2025 we will...make at least 50% of all our packaging from recycled materials"
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/6
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            4/4
            "Traceability is a key factor for ensuring the transparent and sustainable procurement of our raw and packaging materials. We source our materials through a set of approaches with different levels of supply chain traceability:— Identity preserved: Unique identification of the material and traceability back to its origin, e.g., a specific farm or mill...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            1.3/1.3
            "Traceability is a key factor for ensuring the transparent and sustainable procurement of our raw and packaging materials. We source our materials through a set of approaches with different levels of supply chain traceability:— Identity preserved: Unique identification of the material and traceability back to its origin, e.g., a specific farm or mill...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            0.7/0.7
            "Traceability is a key factor for ensuring the transparent and sustainable procurement of our raw and packaging materials. We source our materials through a set of approaches with different levels of supply chain traceability:— Identity preserved: Unique identification of the material and traceability back to its origin, e.g., a specific farm or mill...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.3/0.3
            "Traceability is a key factor for ensuring the transparent and sustainable procurement of our raw and packaging materials. We source our materials through a set of approaches with different levels of supply chain traceability:— Identity preserved: Unique identification of the material and traceability back to its origin, e.g., a specific farm or mill...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UNGP; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Freely Chosen Employment: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use forced, bonded or indentured labor or involuntary prison labor. Employment is voluntary... Child Labor Avoidance: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Convention and/or national law, whichever is more stringent... Non-Discrimination: Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Suppliers shall respect the rights of employees to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively... The Code is informed by internationally recognized principles such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organization’s fundamental conventions." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Non-Discrimination: 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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        12/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Does the company report on the degree of compliance/progress with commitments, disaggregated by relevant factors such as origin or supply chain stage?: not specified

            (Downstream 2.1 only) How many hectares of deforestation and/or conversion have occurred since the commitment cut-off date in the operations of the company's direct or indirect suppliers?: 0 not specified

            How much of this is in protected areas, primary forests, intact forest landscapes, and/or peatlands?: 0 not specified
            "90% of our procurement expenditure for packaging material from Asian factories is covered by a sustainability program by 2020...In 2020, the Program covered 93% of our purchasing expenditure for packaging from Asia. It is being rolled out to new suppliers on an ongoing basis. Out of 36 suppliers assessed last year, 27 received a satisfactory or positive overall rating. Five suppliers with a lower rating will remain on our supplier list but are required to be audited on a more frequent basis and to show improvements. "
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            0.8/1.7
            "80% of our procurement expenditure for raw and packaging materials bearing significant sustainability risks is covered by a sustainable sourcing program by 2025... Furthermore, we continuously and proactively challenge our entire packaging portfolio (consumer, transportation, and display packaging) and strive to reduce the packaging materials used, increase recycled and sustainably certified content, and achieve full recyclability or reusability...by 2025 we will...make at least 50% of all our packaging from recycled materials"...2020 baseline: Packaging made from recycled materials 45%; packaging made from virgin plastics 10%; recyclable packaging 86%.
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            1.7/1.7
            "Traceability is a key factor for ensuring the transparent and sustainable procurement of our raw and packaging materials. We source our materials through a set of approaches with different levels of supply chain traceability:— Identity preserved: Unique identification of the material and traceability back to its origin, e.g., a specific farm or mill...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and industry standards. Suppliers shall implement policies and procedures to identify, prevent and minimize relevant negative environmental impacts. This includes information and training of relevant employees. Further, Suppliers shall comply with any additional environmental requirements specific to the products or services being provided to Lindt&Sprüngli as called for in design and product specifications and contract documents."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/advice/experience/expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Global Packaging Council 
          "Our Sustainable Packaging Initiative is facilitated by the cross-functional Global Packaging Council...In 2020, we started to gather data for the KPIs across all subsidiaries. Based on this baseline data, the Global Packaging Council set up technical working groups to work on solutions for reaching the five commitments. These working groups will act as a platform for exchanging best practices on available technical solutions, launch joint development projects with suppliers and fund research"
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 0 not specified

          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified
          "We identify and prioritize raw and packaging materials with significant sustainability risks through our risk assessment and due diligence approach and develop specific action plans. We set clear and ambitious targets, which rely on verified sustainable supply chains and select traceable materials. We verify adherence to defined sustainability requirements either through our own programs, supplier-led programs or third-party standards...As of today, the majority (by volume and expenditure) of our raw and packaging materials is covered by an EcoVadis assessment, as we onboarded over 300 suppliers into the EcoVadis system. The assessed suppliers received an average score of 51.6 out of 100, surpassing the global average EcoVadis score of 42.8 across all participating companies. Having just initiated the process in 2020, we will also work on better understanding the tool and defining a structured process on how to use it when engaging with our suppliers."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable domestic and international laws and regulations, industry standards, and all other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements impose the highest standards of conduct..."Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Canada, Finland, Sweden, United States of America
          In their 2020 CDP report, Lindt&Sprüngli report on using packaging from Canada, Finland, Sweden and United States of America.
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 0 not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: 0 not specified

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: 0 not specified

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          What type of support does the company offer to its suppliers to help them achieve compliance with commitments?: Not specified

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No

          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: A low rating in the quick check assessment as part of the Supplier Sustainable Practice (SSP) Program specific to packaging 
          "To ensure that our Asian suppliers adhere to the Lindt&Sprüngli Supplier Code of Conduct, we monitor and improve responsible production practices through the Supplier Sustainable Practice (SSP) Program. As part of this Program, we assess significant packaging suppliers regularly through off- or on-site assessments, depending on their risk profile. We apply a cooperative, progress-oriented approach that encourages long-term improvements and offers targeted support services. Additionally, we have introduced a quick-check assessment format for new tier-2 subcontractors, which focuses on supplier compliance. In 2020, the Program covered 93% of our purchasing expenditure for packaging from Asia. It is being rolled out to new suppliers on an ongoing basis. Out of 36 suppliers assessed last year, 27 received a satisfactory or positive overall rating. Five suppliers with a lower rating will remain on our supplier list but are required to be audited on a more frequent basis and to show improvements. "
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      23/88
      • Commitment Strength
        3/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          3/11
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1.3/8
            (For downstream soy companies only) Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Supply chain includes no indirect soy

            Other certification scheme: Proterra

            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Subsidary
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/9
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/5.3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Social Considerations
        5/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Living wage; Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Freely Chosen Employment: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use forced, bonded or indentured labor or involuntary prison labor. Employment is voluntary... Child Labor Avoidance: Suppliers shall not, under any circumstances, use child labor as defined by ILO and United Nations Convention and/or national law, whichever is more stringent... Non-Discrimination: Suppliers shall strictly adhere to all applicable laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in hiring and employment... Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining: Suppliers shall respect the rights of employees to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively... The Code is informed by internationally recognized principles such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Global Compact, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the International Labour Organization’s fundamental conventions." 
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to address gender related labour rights including discrimination and harassment
          1/4
          "Our Suppliers shall respect the following standards, irrespective of the applied working arrangement, be it direct employment, labor contracting, subcontracting, homeworkers or any other form... Non-Discrimination: 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."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        15/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, for all commodity exposure
            2.5/2.5
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2.5
        • Reporting is independently verified
          2/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme.
            1.5/1.5
            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: ProTerra

            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: ProTerra
            "We have defined specific approaches incorporating biodiversity measures for sustainable sourcing of cocoa, palm oil and soy lecithin We rely on trustworthy external standards to address potential negative impacts...In 2020, 99% of the soy lecithin used in producing our chocolate mass has been certified with the ProTerra standard (excl. Russell Stover)...Soy lecithin...progress in 2020...100%...goal...100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified". 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.5
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, encouraged
          0/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable environmental laws, regulations and industry standards. Suppliers shall implement policies and procedures to identify, prevent and minimize relevant negative environmental impacts. This includes information and training of relevant employees. Further, Suppliers shall comply with any additional environmental requirements specific to the products or services being provided to Lindt&Sprüngli as called for in design and product specifications and contract documents."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          Operations assessed to comply with law
          Yes
          2/2
          "Suppliers shall comply with all applicable domestic and international laws and regulations, industry standards, and all other relevant statutory requirements whichever requirements impose the highest standards of conduct..."Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers."
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          Report verified volumes of commodity
          100%
          6/6
          What is the compliant volume?: 100%

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%
          Lindt&Sprungli report that 100% of their Soy lecithin is Proterra certified - "100% by 2018...definition of sustainably sourced...Soy lecithin sourced ProTerra certified".
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          Yes, commit to monitoring compliance with labour/worker rights
          2/4
          "Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers." 
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Blacklist non-compliant suppliers without engagement
          1/2
          What criteria does the policy specify for blacklisting or exclusion?: Non compliance with the supplier code of conduct

          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: No
          "Lindt&Sprüngli reserves the right to conduct (or have its designee conduct) unannounced inspections of Suppliers and their facilities to verify compliance with the Code. Suppliers shall inform Lindt&Sprüngli if any agreements with other partners stand in contradiction to this requirement, in which case Lindt&Sprüngli will ensure the inspection is carried out by a third party, respecting concerned agreements. In addition to any other contractual rights of Lindt&Sprüngli, Suppliers’ failure to adhere to the Code may result in Lindt&Sprüngli ceasing to do business with offending Suppliers."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    16/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    5/18
    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. Lindt & Sprungli is exposed to the forest risk commodities palm oil and soy, which are used in many of its chocolate products soy is also hidden in its supply chain of dairy ingredients as a key component of animal feed. Lindt & Sprungli AG is selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy and paper packaging.

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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