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How ethical and sustainable is Lindt? 

Lindt is a brand from Lindt & Sprüngli AG, appearing in The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Chocolate Ratings Table. Lindt has not yet met our ethical benchmark, but we hope that in the future it will make steps toward operating as a more ethical company.

Find out why ethical Chocolate is so important and compare Lindt to other brands in our Ethical Chocolate Rating Table.

What does Lindt do?

Lindt was founded in 1845 in Switzerland by father and son David Sprüngli-Schwarz and Rudolf Sprüngli-Ammann, merging with Lindt in 1899. Lindt now operates in over 120 countries worldwide with its headquarters still located in Switzerland. Lindt is known for producing luxury Swiss chocolate in the form of hot chocolate, chocolate truffles, bars and also offering a vegan chocolate option range.

For which criteria does Lindt perform poorly?

Lindt was marked down for not offering an Organic or Fairtrade chocolate range, resulting in a bottom rating in both of these categories.

Additionally, Lindt receives a bottom rating for Public Record Criticisms, as the company has previously been criticised for its involvement in human rights issues within its cocoa supply chain, as well as other issues relating to gender equality.

In what areas does Lindt score well for its ethics?

Lindt receives a top rating in the Vegetarian/vegan category, as it has some chocolate products certified by V-Label.

How can Lindt improve its ethical rating?

The Good Shopping Guide looks at three main criteria, Environment, People and Animals in order to calculate a brand’s ethical rating. Find out more about our research methodology here.

For Lindt to qualify for Ethical Accreditation it must meet the minimum ethical benchmark required. This brand might look at producing chocolate that is Fairtrade to ensure that all workers in its supply chain are receiving what they deserve, as well as improving its human rights record in the chocolate industry overall.

If you work for or with a chocolate brand with ethics at its heart, why not look into Ethical Accreditation with The Good Shopping Guide? Chocolate brands like Seed & Bean, Alter Eco, and Raw Living have all benefited from this certification of sustainability and ethics. Find out more by getting in touch, or fill out a quick Initial Assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


GSG score


GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels


  • Palm Oil Free



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Political Donations


  • Fairtrade



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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