Sustainability means for us

Our Progress Report on Sustainability 2021 is here!

Actually, we really only have one thing in mind: JOY OF LIFE. Because people need joy in their lives. It’s in our nature. And snacking is simply part of it. Yet, we believe this also means that we must take on RESPONSIBILITY. We are determined to improve the environmental and social impact of our actions as well as the nutritional properties of our products to make sure that carefree joyfulness will also be possible in the future.

In order to take our customers, partners and all interested parties on this journey, we publish an annual sustainability report. With it, we create transparency and document our progress, but also the hurdles and challenges on our way to a more sustainable future at Lorenz.

You can now read about the successes we have achieved by the end of the calendar year 2021, where progress has been faster and where it has been slower, in our current Sustainability Progress Report 2021.

Find out more about our Progress Report on Sustainability 2021!

Read our first Lorenz Report on Sustainability 2020/2021


Lorenz Sustainability Report 2021
Lorenz Sustainability Report
Lorenz Sustainability Report
Lorenz: more recycling, less plastic
Lorenz: more recycling, less plastic
Lorenz: more recycling, less plastic
Less plastic, more recycling: our packaging

In order for our snacks to arrive fresh with you requires clever packaging. But how to manage that when you also want to save resources? Our packaging specialists spend their time tackling this very issue. Our aim is to use as little plastic as possible and to take a sustainable approach to resources. Already, an empty chips packet weighs just a few grams.

And we are continuing to work on reducing packaging waste and making essential packaging recyclable. Most of our packaging is already recyclable but there is still a lot to do.

Lorenz: Recycled & FSC MIX for more ecological responsibility
Lorenz: Recycled & FSC MIX for more ecological responsibility
Lorenz: Recycled & FSC MIX for more ecological responsibility
Hello again. Recycled & FSC MIX for more ecological responsibility

Our new brown, unbleached cardboard packaging saves resources and the environment – but still looks great. The cardboard that we use is FSC® Mix (FSC-C133957) certified and consists mainly of recycled material. FSC® stands for Forest Stewardship Council®, an organization that sets internationally valid environmental and social standards for sustainable forest management.

The product symbol FSC Mix indicates that wood-based material is sourced from FSC®-certified forests, and that the product uses recycled material and material from controlled sources. What’s more, our locations in Germany, Poland and Austria are all certified according to the FSC® Standard for exemplary forest management.

Transparent and simply good

Nutri-Score at Lorenz

Nutri-Score – soon on all our brands for greater transparency

Logo Too Good To Go (Often Good For Longer)

Fighting food waste: our products are Often Good For Longer!

Lorenz: Long-term partnerships with our farmers
Lorenz: Long-term partnerships with our farmers
Lorenz: Long-term partnerships with our farmers
Long-term partnerships with our farmers

We rely on long-term partnerships with our suppliers, who share our values. Over 300 potato farmers have been working with us – some for over 50 years – in controlled contract cultivation. Strict regulations guarantee verifiable cultivation methods to protect the environment and consumer safety – your safety. We reject all use of genetically modified plants. This “controlled contract cultivation” provides us with high quality potatoes and enables sustainable management to preserve the environment. Short transport routes also help save resources.

Potatoes are just one of many examples. With our wheat and peanut cultivation and processing, our focus is again on sustainability and continuity.

Wheat: Lorenz partnership with farmers

Partnerships for over 15 years with family farms and traditional mills to grow and mill wheat and other cereals.

Peanuts: Lorenz partnership with farmers

We have also been close partners with peanut farmers and processors in the countries of origin for more than 15 years.

Cashews: Lorenz partnership with farmers

And we are committed to working closely with our local cashew processor - for sustainable sourcing & fair working conditions in Mozambique.

Sustainable supply chains and fair working conditions

We feel responsible for all people associated with Lorenz. This also applies to the producers of our raw materials around the world. In addition to agreeing on our own Code of Conduct, which is also binding for our business partners, we have summarized our principles for responsible sourcing in the document Our Responsible Sourcing Commitment. Our approach is to build and maintain trusting relationships with our suppliers and farmers in order to jointly establish transparent and fair supply chains. Together with various initiatives, we are also directly involved on site, for example with the Cashew Development Fund in Mozambique.


Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) and the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI)

The Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (Initiative für nachhaltige Agrar Lieferketten (INA)) brings together players from private business, civil society, and politics. We are also on board. Together we want to achieve greater sustainability in global agricultural supply chains and improve the living conditions of small farmers everywhere.

Focus on the sustainable cultivation and processing of nuts: since 2015 the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI) has lobbied successfully for higher standards in the nut supply chain. We joined the initiative in 2020.

Lorenz and the Cashew Development Fund
Lorenz and the Cashew Development Fund
Lorenz and the Cashew Development Fund
High quality cashews with development: the Cashew Development Fund

Ensuring high quality cashews while also taking social responsibility – we have been able to do this with the Cashew Development Fund. By working together with small farmers directly in Africa and giving them the opportunity to sell their produce.

Together in a development partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Norwegian family-owned company BRYNILD, we support the development of the cashew sector in Mozambique in the project "Mozambican Cashew Nut Development Alliance".

This means specifically: increased yields and income for farmers and processors thanks to improved inputs and organizational and skills development along the value chain. This includes, for example, a Farmer Business School or training on good agricultural practices. The establishment of new tree nurseries and plantations has also already been realized.

These measures implemented by GIZ are, by the way, part of the ProEcon-PROMOVE Agribiz project, which is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union (EU).

Our Code of Conduct: Lorenz Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct: Lorenz Code of Conduct
Our Code of Conduct: Lorenz Code of Conduct
We keep our word
The Code of Conduct at Lorenz

With our Code of Conduct, we at Lorenz commit ourselves to ethically, legally and economically impeccable behavior. Our principles are internationally valid. They follow UN conventions and the core labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

We expect our suppliers and service providers to act according to comparable guidelines. To this end, we have developed our Code of Conduct for Business Partners, which defines principles on business ethics, human rights, labor standards and the environment. We are now also introducing this internationally.

Business Ethics and Human Rights
Audits according to the SMETA 4-Pillar concept

We also want to have our ethical and social responsibility regularly reviewed by external audits and continuously develop ourselves here.

The Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) is the most widely used audit procedure in business for sustainable and ethical behavior. Our plants in Hankensbüttel, Neunburg vorm Wald and Stanowice have successfully undergone audits in 2019 and 2020 according to the SMETA 4-pillar concept for the areas of health and safety, labor standards, environment and business ethics. Audits for our other sites are to follow in the next few years.

Lorenz signs UN Global Compact
Working together for a sustainable global economy

Acting responsibly to make the global economy more socially and ecologically responsible - that's what the UN Global Compact of the United Nations stands for. Since December 2020, we have been a participant in the world's largest initiative for responsible corporate governance. We are aware that global challenges can only be solved together. That is why we want to work together with 15,000 companies and organizations from 160 countries on the vision of a sustainable global economy that benefits all people, communities and markets. 

The UN Global Compact is based on 10 universal principles on human rights, labor standards, environmental awareness and corruption prevention, and 17 goals for sustainable development based on these principles.

For us as a company, this means that we consistently align our activities and strategies with these goals. For example, the 10 principles are reflected in our Code of Conduct, on which every employee is trained. We work on sustainable supply chains and fair working conditions, and on achieving less plastic and more recycling in our packaging.