Chocolate Scorecard 2024

Ritter Sport second overall and category winner

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG

Cocoa farmer Francis Obeng - one of over 20,000 Ritter Sport program partners

Every year, the Australian initiative Be Slavery Free evaluates the sustainable cocoa sourcing of the most important international chocolate companies in its independent Chocolate Scorecard, which is published shortly before Easter. This year, a "Good Egg Award" for the best sustainability performance goes to Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. The family business from Waldenbuch in Swabia achieved an impressive second place and is one of only three medium-sized to large companies worldwide to be recognized as "Leading in policy and practice".

Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co.KG

"Good Egg Award" for colorful Ritter Sport squares. Ritter is the only major manufacturer to make it into the top group of the Chocolate Scorecard 2024

"The scorecard is the only international benchmark when it comes to sustainability in cocoa sourcing, " explains Asmus Wolff, Managing Director Supply Chain at Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. "The result is correspondingly important to us. The fact that we are the only major manufacturer to make it into the top group shows that we are further ahead than our competitors in many areas. At the same time, it also shows where we need to make further efforts."

According to the scorecard, Ritter is the leader and category winner when it comes to measures against deforestation and climate change as well as transparency and traceability of cocoa. For example, the family-run company not only sources only certified cocoa for its entire product range, but this cocoa can also be traced back to the producer organization - a basic requirement for Ritter to improve social, economic and ecological conditions through specific local programmes in the cocoa-growing countries. Ritter has now established cocoa programs in all countries from which the company sources cocoa. Around 90 percent of the cocoa comes from partnerships with producer organizations in the cocoa-growing countries. Lydia Frech is responsible for the cocoa programs at Ritter. The news of the good performance on this year's scorecard reached her in Côte d'Ivoire: "I am delighted to be able to share this award with our program partners right here on the ground. It is our joint success," she emphasizes.

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