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ALDI SOUTH is committed to the ten universal sustainability principles of the United Nations Global Compact

In August 2017, the ALDI SOUTH Group was the first discount food retailer to join the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). By joining this initiative, we have commited to implementing the UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption as part of our corporate strategy and within the scope of our daily business operations.

In 2016, we published our first-ever sustainability report and, thus initiated a transparent and open dialogue concerning our comprehensive sustainability-related activities. 

“Our current engagement is already in line with the principles of the UN Global Compact. For this reason, it was only logical for us to join this initiative. With our annual progress report, we publicly demonstrate our progress made and the measures taken with regard to the sustainability principles.”
Sven van den Boomen, Managing Director Corporate Responsibility International on behalf of the companies of the ALDI SOUTH Group

About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption and to take action in support of UN goals and issues embodied in the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks. 

For further information on the UNGC, please visit www.unglobalcompact.org.

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact

Human rights

Principle 1
Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights; and

Principle 2
make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. 


Principle 3
Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;

Principle 4
the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;

Principle 5
the effective abolition of child labour; and

Principle 6
the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.


Principle 7
Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;

Principle 8
undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and

Principle 9
encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.


Principle 10
Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.