Lumina Intelligence Sustainability provides insights on the sustainable sourcing of cocoa, tea and coffee – three commodities facing similar social and environmental concerns.

Our subscription service helps companies, suppliers, NGOs, governments and academics strengthen programmes, target research efforts and gauge demand for ethical products among online consumers.

Sustainability Impact
Measure and compare company programmes against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Simple tools to follow sustainability commitments by company and subject area.
Ethical Labelling
Compare how companies and retailers label and position ethical cocoa, coffee and tea products.
Study Database
Easy to use timeline and summaries of the latest sustainability studies by SDG.

Did you know?

28% with sustainable claims

Nearly 3 in 10 of chocolate (cocoa), tea and coffee products captured by Lumina Intelligence have sustainable claims1.

Majority third-party certified

Of products with sustainable claims 89% are third-party certified and 11% are own-label programmes.

Goal 12: Responsible consumption & production
Goal 3: Good health & well-being
Goal 15: Life on land
Goal 9: Industry, innovation & infrastructure

Top industry commitments

Commitments from the food & drink industry tackle the above UN Sustainable Development Goals most frequently*.

1 Lumina Intelligence, Q4 2018. 2,815 products across chocolate countlines, chocolate tablets, coffee, black tea and green tea. Countries: Asia Pacific: Australia, China, India, Japan, South Korea. Europe: Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Americas: Brazil, Canada, Mexico, United States. MEA: South Africa
*Based on Lumina analysis of 905 industry commitments from 34 of the largest manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in food & drink.


Certification & Company Sustainability Programmes Compared: Focusing on tea, coffee and cocoa, this paper examines what companies are now committed to and how transparency on company programmes and third-party certification standards differ, as well as how these sustainable claims are communicated to end consumers in the burgeoning e-commerce market.

Market Insight

February 2019

Food & Drink Sustainability 2019 – Global Progress Report

Vladimir Pekic

The ‘Food & Drink Sustainability 2019 – Global Progress Report’ captures how the food & drink industry is responding to some of the most pressing issues facing the planet. Lumina Intelligence has analysed more than 900 commitments made by some of the largest players in food & drink through corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports and media releases. This report reviews how aligned industry pledges are to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The analysis features pledges by manufacturers such as Nestlé, suppliers such as Cargill, food service operators like Starbucks and retailers such as Walmart and Amazon.

Vladimir Pekic & Oliver Nieburg

February 2019

Creating value at source with cocoa provenance claims

Liver Nieburg

Cocoa origin claims on chocolate products are rare and at odds with the main sourcing regions of cocoa. This report proposes a model for companies to promote cocoa sourcing regions through marketing while supporting sustainable development. Discover the most common cocoa origin claims based on research of 1,000+ chocolate products across 20 countries sold online. Also, find out how provenance claims impact price and which chocolate consuming markets make the most cocoa origin claims. This report answers if it is worthwhile for brands to indicate cocoa origin on-pack and online and how farmers can benefit.

Oliver Nieburg

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Cocoa sustainability: Selling ethical chocolate online with SDG impact

CN cocoa sustainability webinar image

With Cathy Pieters (Director of Cocoa Life at Mondelēz), Oliver Nieburg (Sustainability market analyst at Lumina Intelligence), Ewa Hudson (Head of Insights at Lumina Intelligence) and Anthony Myers (Editor, Confectionery News).

Ewa Hudson on single origin chocolate

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