125 million people worldwide depend on coffee production. We are committed to ensuring the coffee we sell is sourced from sustainable sources and are working with the Rainforest Alliance and the Fairtrade Foundation to certify our range.

Coffee is one of the world's most traded commodities and around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods.  Global demand for coffee continues to grow steadily, especially in Europe. However, what coffee farmers earn from selling coffee in parts of South America and Africa is frequently still not high enough to secure their livelihoods. On the plantations, coffee beans are often picked by seasonal workers who may be subjected to forced labour and poor working conditions. Coffee cultivation can also have a negative impact on the environment, due to high water consumption or deforestation.

As a major retailer we are aware of our responsibility to ensure that the coffee we sell is sourced in a sustainable manner that improves working conditions and tackles wider social challenges.


Our Commitment

We are committed to sourcing all of our roast and ground coffee from Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance certified sustainable sources, where technically possible.

Supporting Fairtrade

It is estimated that ~80% of coffee is produced by 25 million smallholders, many of whom depend on coffee production for their livelihoods. Price volatility due to fluctuations in coffee production in response to weather conditions, disease and other factors, result in significant consequences for those that rely on coffee production for their livelihoods. Our commitment to certified coffee, such as Fairtrade, enables small-holder producers to have a guaranteed price that covers the cost of production. The Fairtrade Minimum Price acts as a safety net when market prices fall below a living income. Alongside, the minimum price paid for certified coffee, Fairtrade Premiums support farmers enhance productivity of production and the quality of the coffee they produce, for example by investing in processing facilities and community projects.

Strengthening coffee cultivation for smallholder farmers in Bolivia


Between 2016 and 2019, Lidl were involved, along with the Fairtrade organisation and the producers’ network CLAC, in a training project for smallholder farmers in Bolivia. This programme enabled the members of a total of eight coffee cooperatives to improve their knowledge and technical skills in coffee cultivation, which lead to improvements of both plant yield and soil health. The project reached a total of 300 families and is considered an example of best practice for supporting with the impacts of climate change.


Lidl has launched a sustainability initiative in the coffee growing region of Guatemala, alongside the UTZ sustainability program and CARE, an international development organisation. The Guatemala Project was initiated to strengthen the role of women within the coffee industry, as well as promoting productive and sustainable coffee cultivation, working with the smallholder cooperative Agrícola Integral Acatenango. As part of this project, coffee farmers are trained in sustainable farming and processing methods, which enables them to achieve greater added-value for high-quality coffee in the long term.  

Responsible and Sustainable Sourcing


We source 100% of our own brand black, green and rooibos tea from either UTZ, Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance third-party certification schemes. We recognise the social and environmental challenges facing tea production, and although we sell a small amount in comparison to the global output, we are committed to doing what we can to promote sustainable production.

Fruit & Veg

Lidl GB is committed to sourcing fruit and vegetables in a responsible and sustainable way. This includes supporting the British farming economy and, when seasonally possible, sourcing fruit and vegetables from long-term British suppliers.

Plants & Flowers

Lidl GB is committed to British sourcing and, when seasonally possible, sources plants and flowers from long-term British suppliers. Due to the growth and nature of the horticultural industry, most of the plants and flowers grown within Europe come from the Netherlands and Italy, whilst a large portion of production takes place in countries where climate conditions are more favourable to grow flowers all year around such as Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya and Ethiopia.


In the EU, around 90% of soy is used to feed livestock, so it is a vital raw material in the production of our meat, poultry, dairy and eggs. Environmental impacts of soy in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay include soil erosion and degraded pastureland, biodiversity loss and carbon emissions.

Wood & Timber

Increasing global demand for low-cost timber products supports a multi-billion dollar business of illegal and unsustainable logging in forests worldwide. The world’s natural forests cannot sustainably meet this soaring global demand for timber products under weak forest management practices, making it critical that we take action to ensure that the wood-based fibres used in our products and packaging are from sustainable sources.


Throughout every Lidl non-food collection, clothing, accessories and home textiles are a core element. As a major buyer of these products, Lidl has a great responsibility when it comes to living, working and environmental conditions in manufacturing countries.

Palm Oil

Palm oil is best grown near the equator, with Indonesia and Malaysia being the major producing countries for the global export market. When grown in a non-sustainable way, palm oil can lead to devastating deforestation and harm to the natural environment. We are committed to sourcing all of our palm oil from third-party sustainable sources.


Bananas are one of our most popular products, grown and produced in countries on the equator and shipped into the UK every day. As bananas can be grown by both smallholder farmers and on large plantations, it is important that we understand our supply chains well to make sure we are able to support sustainable and ethical production in the most appropriate way.


Over 120 of the products that we sell contain cocoa, which represents more than 5% of our total range. We are proud that, since April 2017, 100% of the cocoa we have sold has come from third party sustainably certified sources.


At Lidl GB, our principles of responsible fish and seafood sourcing are to ensure that the fish sold within our product ranges are sourced from the healthiest stocks possible using the least destructive fishing methods, with high regard for both environmental and social standards. Safe-guarding fish stocks for the future is an issue we are passionate about and we are proud of the progress we have made.

Animal Welfare

Through our partners including Red Tractor and RSPCA Assured, alongside animal welfare focussed NGO's, we have specialised contacts placed throughout the industry that can help advise and help action continuous improvement.
We have created strong supplier relationships through our lean buying practices and by championing British farming, we are able to provide product with leading-welfare standards, at an affordable price.