Sustainable Palm Oil Activities

For its plain chocolate, Ghirardelli uses only pure cocoa butter as vegetable fat. Only for some fillings, palm and palm kernel oil is used among other vegetable fats due to its outstanding melting characteristics, its neutral taste and its firm consistency at room temperature. Ghirardelli, as a member of the Lindt & Sprüngli Group, opts for palm oil from sustainable production in order to minimize harmful effects on the environment and humans in its production process.

Palm oil has outstanding melting characteristics, is neutral in taste and has a firm consistency at room temperature, its usage is very widespread today. It is particularty suited to producing creamy fillings and thus offering melt-in-the·mouth

Palm fronds and bowl of palm oil
Palm trees in Jungle

All over the world, palm oil is used for filled chocolates and cookies, food products such as sandwich spreads or margarine but also for goods such as shampoo, detergents or soaps. Demand for palm oil is thus growing continuously, and more and more oil palms are being planted. The yield they produce is several times higher than that of other oil plants. This is one reason why oil palms are so attractive for farmers. In the global context, the consumption of palm oil and palm kernel oil by the Lindt & Sprüngli Group accounts for approximately 0.005 % of the world harvest.

Palm tree flourish in tropical countries and are often grown in mono cultures. The conventional production of palm oil is increasingly coming under criticism by various NGOs. Those organizations draw attention to the destruction of the rainforest and the issue that indigenous populations as well as animals are being driven from their land to make way for large plantations. To reduce the drawbacks of palm oil production, Lindt & Sprüngli has been supporting the responsible production of palm oil for many years.


Palm oil from sustainable production offers an attractive alternative to palm oil produced by conventional means. As an initiative of the WWF, "The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)" was established in 2004. The organization specifically supports projects or palm oil from sustainable production and aims at reducing harmful effects of palm oil production through different certification models. As an active member of the Roundtable since 2008, Lindt & Sprüngli has been committing itself to improved boundary conditions in the production of palm oil.

Our efforts in this area have paid off and Lindt & Sprüngli scores highest in the WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard 2016.

Thereby we ensure that the expectations of Ghirardelli with regard to outstanding quality and the high ethical standards are met.

Palm fruit