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Zotter
Top brand: Buy! Click here for score rapport: 22 out of 28

Sustainability summary

Zotter has achieved the A-label. Zotter is one of the most sustainable chocolate brands and we therefore recommend buying this brand.

Brand owner: Zotter Schokoladen Manufaktur GmbH
Head office: Riegersburg, Austria
Sector: Chocolate brands
Categories : Chocolate Bars
Free Tags: EU organic, Fairtrade

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Zotter sustainability score report

Last edited: 12 January 2016 by Romina
Last reviewed: 12 January 2016 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

3 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions? Zotter implements various measures to climate change, such as, for example, the production of renewable energy for 60% of the equity of the business premises (see link, page 22 & 23). 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? The carbon footprint of Zotter shows that emissions were already severely reduced. In particular through the use of renewable energy. It remains unclear, however, whether all emissions of its own operating activities are shown (see link, page 32-34). Source
3. Is at least 10% of the brand (company) consumption of energy derived from renewable sources? English The share of renewable energy in total energy consumption for electricity and heat is at 100%. 60% of own production (photovoltaic and biomass boilers). 40% are obtained by Ökostrom AG (see link, page 22, 32-34). 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? It is aimed at a reduction of in energy consumption by 10% from 2014 compared to 2012/13. However, targets to the absolute reduction of air emissions were not communicating (see link, page 36). 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? Zotter makes no concrete details about how climate protection measures in the production chain implemented and what results have been achieved if necessary. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

11 out of 11
1. Does the brand use organic or otherwise environmentally certified cocoa for at least 5% of its volume? All chocolates of Zotter are certified according to the European Union organic and Fairtrade standards. Both standards include environmental criteria, that of conventional agriculture go beyond (see link, page 12-17, 21, and the source for the following environmental issue). 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? All ingredients and fillings are controlled from biological agriculture-related (see link, page 15). 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? See remark for environmental policy question 7. 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? Zotter implements various measures for an eco-friendly product packaging. For example Through the use of Bio-plastics for inlays and slides or FSC - and Blue Angel certified paper. Aucg Zaman information makes the total consumption of packaging materials (see link, top 24 & 32-34). 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? Zotter makes annual data for residual waste waste, could reduce 36% of residual waste in comparison to the previous year, and plans a further reduction of residual waste by 10% as well as paper and cardboard to 5% (see link page 20, 34-36). Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

8 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? Zotter does not provide details to own measures affecting the content and the conditions of for cocoa farmers and fair trade standards and beyond. 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? All chocolates of Zotter are certified according to the fair trade standards (see link, page 15). 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? Zotter is also fair trade fillings like coconut, is however not clear which measures for the fair production and trade of hazelnuts. Source
9. Does the brand use other socially certified ingredients, such as milk, oils or fats for its products? Zotter relates among other things Milch(Pulver) regional party (Tirol / Austria). Austria is a low-risk country in precarious working conditions (see link, page 15). Source
10. Does the brand use socially certified sugar for all its products? The processed cane sugar is certified according to the fair trade standards (see link, page 15). 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? Zotter published a descriptive overview of the cocoa suppliers, but point to a world map from which regions of the cocoa is involved. Source