Dear Reader,

We at ALDI SOUTH are aware of our responsibility as one of the most successful retailers in the world. We have built a strong company by focussing on the essential, and with our range of high-quality products at the best price we appeal to millions of customers in Europe, the USA, and Australia.

Our most important business principle is simplicity: we put our customers at the heart of our decisions and find simple solutions for everyday needs. This principle is also our guide when it comes to deciding how to manage our responsibilities as a company: we strive to develop the simplest solution possible even for complex problems.

As a retailer we hold a key position between manufacturers and suppliers on the one hand and our customers on the other hand. Working together with our suppliers, we tailor our product range to cater to our customers’ needs and are in a position to influence how the products we offer are manufactured. Our responsibility as a company also includes the way we treat our employees, how environmentally sound our operating processes are, and our relationship with the communities we operate in.

We have summarised what corporate responsibility means to us in our “Corporate Responsibility Principles” (CR Principles in short). They guide all of us in our day-to-day actions and are a strict requirement of our business partners.

The CR Principles apply to all ALDI SOUTH companies and employees. International strategies specifying our goals and approaches in the individual fields of action are developed and jointly adopted by our national organisations. Based on these strategies, the individual ALDI SOUTH national organisations stipulate goals and measures appropriate for their respective markets. Our decentralised structure allows us to act flexibly in order to achieve the internationally agreed sustainability goals, and the national organisations take into account the expectations of their stakeholders and the varying circumstances in their country.

With this International Corporate Responsibility Report we are summarising our joint strategies and goals for the entire ALDI SOUTH Group for the first time. We are also using this opportunity to document how much we have already achieved. The effectiveness of our actions is our main focus. Select key performance indicators have been reviewed by the auditing company PricewaterhouseCoopers AG; these are highlighted and marked with the symbol.

We have made considerable progress in many areas over the past years. This includes our activities to enhance social and environmental conditions along the supply chain, the optimisation of our energy consumption, and improving the sustainability of the products in our range.

We will continue to face the challenges of the future head on to assure that our conduct remains responsible and sustainable as we move forward. Our international structure, our market position, our decades of experience, and the daily commitment shown by our more than 100,000 employees provide us with the potential to make important contributions to more sustainable development. We see it as our responsibility to continually improve how effectively we make use of this potential.

Sven van den Boomen, Managing Director Corporate
Responsibility International on behalf of the companies
of the ALDI SOUTH Group