Responsibility along the supply chain
» Sustainable buying practices are essential for the long-term success of our business. We assume responsibility across our global supply chains and for the resources used in the production of our goods. Our aspiration is that all our products be made in a sustainable way. […] Together with our suppliers, we work towards increased transparency and continuous improvement within the supply chain. We strive to increase the share of sustainable resources used in our products and to minimise the negative ecological and social impacts of production. «
The ALDI SOUTH Group assumes responsibility for its own corporate activities, but also shares responsibility throughout the supply chain. Our relationships with our suppliers – based on mutual respect and trust – form the foundation for our activities. (Partnership and continuity in buying) With respect to the supply chain, the main areas for action are responsible use of natural resources (Using resources responsibly) as well as improving working conditions and protecting the environment along the supply chain. (Safeguarding social and environmental standards) A key requirement for, and challenge in, achieving these goals is the creation of transparency throughout global supply chains.
Sustainability increasingly important as a quality factor
The ALDI SOUTH Group’s commitment to corporate responsibility is not restricted to meeting minimum legal requirements. Our aim is to go above and beyond by defining and strengthening sustainability as a quality factor for our products. We focus on both the resources used in our products as well as the working conditions and environmental standards in production.
To determine priorities, we follow a risk-based approach. (Strategy for sustainable business) For this reason, our current focus at group level is on specific products and countries of origin. This includes, for example, textiles and other non-food products from Asia as well as the resources palm oil, timber, cocoa, coffee, fish and seafood. In addition, the national organisations are pursuing initiatives to address further topics.
With regard to resources, we have developed specific international goals. These commitments are implemented by all national organisations and by the International Buying Department, taking into account any additional national requirements where appropriate.
We have internationally defined social standards for the production of all of our goods. In the future, these standards will increasingly be supplemented with environmental aspects.
When it comes to implementing our goals, we use systems with proven reliability and suitability for market-wide implementation. The use of independent certifications when buying resources is one example. Using these certifications, we can determine whether recognised sustainability standards were adhered to in the use of the resources. If these systems do not meet our needs, we develop our own approach. For example, we have defined specific requirements for production facilities in Bangladesh. These standards are monitored on-site by employees from the CR Unit Asia.