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Ritter Sport & sustainability


RitterSport
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 5 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Ritter Sport has achieved the D-label. Ritter Sport has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Ritters Sport
Head office: Waldenbuch, Germany
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: EU organic, UTZ Certified

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Ritter Sport sustainability score report

Last edited: 13 January 2016 by Heinz
Last reviewed: 21 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Ritter Sport implements several measures to reduce its climate footprint, such as energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy (see link, page 30-32). Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Ritter Sport doesn't publish a climate footprint of its entire own operations, but for its location in Waldenbuch only. In Waldenbuch its climate footprint increased from 9,728 tons of CO2 in 2010 to 9,934 tons of CO2 in 2013, which represents an increase of around 2,1% (see link, page 33). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? Ritter Sport generates renewable energy, but doesn't communicate the percentage of renewable energy it uses for its entire own operations (see link, page 32). Source
4. Is at least 25% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 3. Source
5. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Ritter Sport has set a target to be fully CO2-neutral by 2022. However, there is no reporting on actual, time-bound target reductions, based on a climate footprint which covers the brands entire greenhouse gas emissions (see link, page 30-33, 52). Source
6. Does the brand (company) also have a policy to reduce/compensate carbon emissions generated from the product supply chain that is beyond own operations? Ritter Sport implements measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the production chain that is beyond own operations, like at its “Cacaonica” projects. However, Ritter Sport doesn't publish clear results, which include achieved emission reductions (see link, page 30-33). Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

2 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? Ritter Sport aims to source entire sustainably certified cocoa by 2025, and 75% by 2020. However, no intermediate status is reported (see link, page 52). Source
2. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 10% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 25% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 50% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
5. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 75% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
6. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for 100% of its volume? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
7. Does the brand use environmentally certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Ritter Sport doesn't mention the use of environmentally certified fillings or ingredients (see link, page 17-19). Source
8. Does the brand use other environmentally certified ingredients, such as milk, sugar, oils or fats for its products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Does the brand source sustainable palm oil for all its products only? Ritter Sport sources RSPO certified palm oil for 100% of its products since 2013. However, this is “mass balance” certified palm oil only (see link, page 28). Source
10. Does the brand have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of packaging, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report on these results? Ritter Sport implements measures to minimize the environmental impact of its packaging, such as applying the concept of Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) for some of its product packaging, and reports on annual results and packaging material footprint (see link, page 33-34). Source
11. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Ritter Sport implements measures to reduce its waste materials footprint, and published annual results of its respective footprint at its location in Waldenbuch. However, reporting on waste reduction measures should become more specific (see link, page 33). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 out of 11
1. Does the brand (company) have a clear and effective policy to improve the farmers income that goes beyond certification, and is the premium for smallholder farmers at least 10%, and are there similar provisions for plantation workers? Ritter Sport has started a project to harvest sustainable cocoa in Nicaragua, but doesn't mention if payments for smallholder farmers and plantation workers are realized that go beyond social certification schemes (see link, page 22-23, 52-54). Source
2. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 5% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? Ritter Sport aims to source entire sustainably certified cocoa by 2025, and 75% by 2020. However, no intermediate status is reported (see link, page 52). Source
3. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 10% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
4. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 25% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
5. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 50% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
6. Does the brand (company) purchase at least 75% cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
7. Does the brand (company) purchase all cocoa from sources (plantations) that are certified to e.g. have no child labor and no forced labor, and provide a better living standard for the farmers and workers who produce the cocoa? See remark for labor conditions policy question 2. Source
8. Does the brand use socially certified fillings, such as fruits, nuts, caramel, nougat or praline for its products? Ritter Sport doesn't mention the use of socially certified fillings (see link, page 17-19). Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? Ritter Sport reports that its milk powder is sourced from Germany only, which is a low risk country concerning weak labour conditions (see link, page 19). Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? Ritter Sport reports that its sugar is sourced from Germany only, which is a low risk country concerning weak labour conditions (see link, page 19). Source
11. Does the brand (company) maintain a published list of cocoa suppliers, that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume of cocoa? Ritter Sport doesn't provide a list of direct suppliers. Source