Sustainability management

Sustainability targets

Commitment with vision

At RITTER SPORT, the protection of the environment has been of great importance for many years – as this quotation from our 1991 Company Mission shows:

“The protection of natural resources is one of the most pressing tasks of our time. We have a duty to act in an environmentally-responsible manner.”

Alfred Ritter & Marli Hoppe-Ritter

We are convinced that timely investments in this area pay off in the long term and we continue to work on improving production methods, products, packaging and logistics. As part of our continuous emission-reduction efforts, we pursue energy-saving measures as new investments, when these do not generate costs that are 10% higher than traditional methods. In isolated cases, however, our investments clearly exceed this threshold.In 1996, as part of a comprehensive management system, we were the first company in the confectionery industry to organise in-house environmental protection measures and further develop them into a sustainability management strategy.

CO2 neutrality from 2022

Our aim is to achieve CO2-neutral production by 2022. CO2 emissions cannot be fully precluded, even by technical measures and improvements; however, we intend to compensate for the quantity produced as best we can. Instead of buying in certificates from outside, we rely on emission reduction projects within our own value chain, such as our El Cacao cocoa plantation in Nicaragua. There, we produce cocoa by means of agroforestry, i.e. cocoa trees grown with companion crops: shade trees and plants which both produce compost and promote soil fertility. The plantation is managed following the rules of integrated agriculture. Among other things, this means using composting to keep the soil ideally fertilised, reducing the use of artificial fertilisers and maximising CO2 storage in the soil. This combination creates emission-reducing effects which avoid or fix CO2.

100% sustainable cocoa by 2025 

To produce our chocolate, we need roughly 12,000 tonnes of cocoa liquor a year.For many years now, our focus has been on obtaining sustainably produced cocoa, which can be clearly seen from our long-term commitment in Nicaragua.By 2025, the cocoa for all of our RITTER SPORT chocolate will come from sustainable production; by 2020 the figure will be at least 75 per cent.“Sustainable cocoa” means cocoa certified according to internationally recognised standards such as Rainforest Alliance, fair trade, UTZ, organic, or produced using a process whose requirements do not fall below one or more of these standards, as assessed by an independent party.

Energy management from 2015

In 2015 we will be certified in line with the DIN standard 50001. Introducing systematic energy management will successively raise our company’s energy efficiency, which will be measurable from  lower energy use and thus reduced costs.Working together with all the departments, possible ways to save energy will be elaborated and measurable targets set.In this context, we find it particularly important to involve and train all our staff.

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