About this report

This is the ALDI SOUTH Group’s first international corporate responsibility report. The report is available in print edition in both German and English. 

Target groups

The report addresses both internal and external stakeholders, with a particular focus on employees, customers, and suppliers as well as interested members of the general public.

Reporting period

The report covers the period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. Activities that have taken or will take place outside of this period are indicated accordingly. The editorial deadline was 14 April 2016.

Boundary of the report

This report concerns the activities of the ALDI SOUTH Group. In the reporting year, the group comprised the companies of the ALDI SOUTH Group in Germany as well as Hofer KG in Austria with its direct and indirect subsidiaries under the name Hofer or ALDI in Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, the UK, Ireland, the USA, and Australia, including the respective national and international administrative and service organisations. Information that pertains to individual national organisations is indicated accordingly.

Report content

The report follows the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Guidelines, version GRI G4, including the Sector Supplement Food Processing, application level “core”. Certain exceptions have been made in the selection of, and in individual cases definition of, the indicators. The GRI Index can be reviewed here.

The report’s structure follows the ALDI SOUTH Group’s strategic orientation and the five fields of action defined in the ALDI SOUTH Group’s CR Principles: Customers, Supply Chain, People, Community, and Environment.

The report focusses on the jointly coordinated activities of the national organisations of the ALDI SOUTH Group. Further information regarding activities and goals at national level can be found on the respective national organisations’ websites or in their publications.

The content of the report was selected based on the materiality principle. All chapters contain information regarding strategic approaches as well as key activities and offer an outlook on topics that will be relevant in the future. Internal assessments have been compared with the results of the 2015 stakeholder survey.

The key figures showing sustainability-related activities as well as information on the selection and data collection process can be found here. An overview of the ALDI SOUTH Group’s memberships in organisations and initiatives related to the topic of corporate responsibility can be found in the online version of the report. Awards for CR-related content received by the ALDI SOUTH Group within or relating to the reporting period can be found here.

Reporting cycle

The international corporate responsibility report will in the future be published every two years. The next report will cover the year 2017 and is scheduled to be released in 2018.

Audit of the report

Select key figures from this report have been subjected to an independent audit. This content is highlighted and indicated by the symbol . The corresponding audit certificate issued by the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers AG can be found here.


If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Corporate Responsibility International (CRI) department via cri(at)aldi-sued.com.

Further information

For further information please visit the websites of the national organisations of the ALDI SOUTH Group: