Long-term support for social projects
We work primarily with selected partners and organisations and provide them with long-term support. This gives them the necessary planning security and guarantees that both their work and our help have a sustainable impact on the community.
ALDI SOUTH in Germany: support of programmes for families
The charitable organisation Auridis gGmbH was founded in 2006 in Germany. Auridis supports organisations that provide programmes for disadvantaged families with young children. Auridis’s support combines grants, consulting, and networking. The aim is to strengthen and expand facilitating structures that assist families both at a communal level as well as at the level of the German federal states. Since its foundation, Auridis has provided grants totalling approximately 43.7 million euros, of which 7.4 million euros were paid out in 2015 alone. (Auridis: Insight ALDI SOUTH Germany)
In addition, the regional companies of the ALDI SOUTH Group in Germany provided donations in cash and in kind amounting to 385,000 euros to local aid projects in 2015.
Hofer S/E: donations to social projects
In 2015, a variety of projects and organisations in the Hofer S/E countries were supported with donations amounting to several hundred thousand euros (Austria: 140,000 euros, Switzerland: CHF 347,000 (325,300 euros), Slovenia: 227,000 euros, Hungary: HUF 34,100,000 (110,500 euros)). One of the causes supported in Austria was research aimed at reducing pathological obesity in children, with 75,000 euros being donated to the EDDY study.
In cooperation with the Brändi Foundation, which promotes integration of people with disabilities in the workplace, society, and culture, ALDI SUISSE again offered Christmas baskets for purchase in 2015. In addition to paying the industry-standard remuneration for the work carried out, ALDI SUISSE donated an additional CHF 3 per basket sold to the workshop for the disabled. Overall, total monies of more than CHF 10,000 (9,400 euros) were raised. Through an additional Facebook campaign, donations of CHF 15,000 (14,100 euros) were collected for the Nepal aid fund of Caritas.
ALDI UK and Ireland: commitment to families and education
Together with their employees, the ALDI national organisations in the UK and Ireland each select “Charities of the Year” that they support financially. In 2015, GBP 25,000 (34,100 euros) were donated to the children’s charity Barnardo’s to support the work they do with over 200,000 children, young people, and their families. The Prince’s Trust, which was founded by the Prince of Wales in 1976 and manages programmes that give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives, was given GBP 25,000 (34,100 euros). In Ireland, ALDI is proud to support the St. Vincent de Paul charity with a donation of 50,000 euros. A three-year partnership was agreed with the Irish youth aid organisation Foróige, which works together with over 54,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers.
ALDI UK supports TeachFirst annually with an amount of GBP 90,000 (122,700 euros). TeachFirst promotes innovative learning models for schools in socially disadvantaged areas and fosters equal educational opportunities for all young people. In total, ALDI UK donated GBP 788,000 (1,087,900 euros) within the UK, including GBP 338,000 (461,200 euros) from the sale of carrier bags which were donated to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to provide environmental education for children. In Ireland, the total amount of community donations was 250,000 euros.
ALDI US: commitment to health, well-being, and education
ALDI US supports non-profit organisations that are committed to improving the health and well-being of youth. ALDI supports, for instance, the programme Action for Healthy Kids at its headquarters in Batavia, Illinois. Action for Healthy Kids focusses on developing lifelong habits that promote exercise and health, while combating childhood obesity. Based on the success of the programme, ALDI US is expanding the programme’s outreach to California and other ALDI locations throughout the country. Several ALDI divisions also support Readers Are Leaders, which partners at-risk elementary students with high school athletes to develop the students’ reading skills and provide the athletes with leadership opportunities.
As part of its commitment to education and diversity, ALDI US annually provides funding to support scholarships through the United Negro College Fund. Moreover, ALDI has been funding an internship programme at INROADS. The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry to prepare them for corporate and community leadership. In addition to funding, ALDI US provides opportunities for internships and future employment for INROADS students.
ALDI Australia: support of the children’s charity Barnardos
ALDI in Australia has been a partner and supporter of the children’s charity Barnardos, sister charity of Barnardo’s in the UK, since 2003. ALDI regularly supports Barnardos with donations – most recently with a donation of AUD 50,000 (34,000 euros) and another AUD 172,000 (116,800 euros) from the sale of Christmas cards and CDs for the benefit of the organisation. (Barnardos: Insight ALDI Australia)