Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli will join ICI as of April 1, 2024, with a view to exchanging best practice and learning with the organisation and its members in order to further strengthen its approaches to address child labour. 

“Our commitment to contributing to a more sustainable tomorrow is a key element driving the company’s actions and ambitions. Cocoa is our most important raw material. That’s why we launched our own program in 2008: the Lindt & Sprüngli Farming Program,” explained Leonie Brühlmann, Head of Sustainability at Lindt & Sprüngli. 

“We’re currently developing our 2030 cocoa sustainability strategy in which one of the key focus areas is respecting human rights and reducing the risk of child labour. Becoming an ICI member will give us access to the organisation’s vast knowledge and experience in combating child labour,” she added. 

For the company, which through its suppliers implements Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS) in its supply chain, joining ICI provides for the exchange of best practices and collaboration with other members to advance sector solutions. 

ICI’s Executive Director Matthias Lange welcomed Lindt & Sprüngli to the organisation: “We are very happy to welcome Lindt & Sprüngli to ICI. As a leading player in the industry, we look forward to supporting them in their efforts to address child labour in the cocoa supply chain.”