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How ethical and sustainable is Lindt? 

Lindt is included in The Good Shopping Guide’s Jam and spreads Ethical Ratings Table. Lindt has yet to meet our ethical standards, but we believe that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to function as a more ethical organisation. Lindt might increase consumer trust by applying for Ethical Accreditation, which would include a more complete examination and suggestions for ethical development.

Are you interested in seeing how Lindt rates against other brands within the Ethical Jams and Spreads sector? Visit the Jams and Spreads Ethical Ratings Table. From The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables, you can learn more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have fulfilled.

What does Lindt do?

David Sprüngli-Schwarz and Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, father and son, created Lindt in Switzerland in 1845. With its headquarters still in Switzerland, Lindt today works in more than 120 nations. Lindt is renowned for creating high-end Swiss chocolate in the shape of bars, truffles, hot chocolate, spreads and vegan chocolate options. Lindt operates under the company name Lindt & Sprüngli AG.

For which criteria does Lindt perform poorly? 

Lindt received a low rating in our Organic and Political Donation categories. Lindt & Sprungli donated above our threshold in recent election cycles. Lindt also has no Fair Trade products.

Past Criticisms of Lindt’s ethical record

Lindt faced criticism as in The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assessed companies on 100 different Human rights indicators of which Lindt scored a disappointing 5.5/26.

In what areas does Lindt score well for its ethics?

Lindt received a high score for its sustainability report which contained environmental targets on biodiversity, GHG emissions, water & waste and packaging. Lindt also has a Non-GMO statement which can be found in its FAQ page.

How can Lindt improve its ethical rating?

The Ethical rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Find out more about how we rate.

Lindt may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by ceasing all Political Donations and releasing a range of Fair Trade certified products.

Are you curious about how obtaining Ethical Accreditation could be beneficial for your brand? Accredited brands can display The Good Shopping Guide mark, showcasing to consumers that it can be trusted as an ethical and sustainable brand. Visit our Ratings Tables to learn about which brands have been awarded with our ethical certification.

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  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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