Committed to better working conditions
ALDI is committed to improving working conditions in the garment industry. With the ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project the company has developed and implemented an effective programme in Bangladesh that strengthens the ability of management and workers to identify key challenges in their production facilities in regards to working conditions and to develop joint solutions.
The key to success for this dialogue-oriented initiative has been the active involvement of the workers. Approximately 45,000 employees have benefited from the programme to date and experienced significant changes in their day-to-day work.
Due to its success, ALDI is currently upscaling and expanding the AFA Project.
More information on the ALDI Factory Advancement Project can be found here.
» The financial management training was very important for me. Now I have opened a bank account, and every month I deposit a certain sum of money. I also like the training on communication – now I can discuss any issues with my senior management. «Mousumi Khatun
, sewing quality staff
» I used to be very hesitant and worried about what things I should or should not say. Thanks to the AFA Project, I have more confidence and feel comfortable enough to discuss even difficult topics. When it comes to safety issues we now take the fire drills much more seriously and are able to evacuate the building in 30 seconds. We also take personal responsibility for ensuring that there are no objects blocking the exits. «
Fatema Khanam, quality controller for final inspections
» Because of the AFA Project, we have changed our internal training, documentation procedures, and communication channels. We have established a risk analysis system and regular fire drills. These may be little things but they had a huge impact. «
Anawre Hossain, Manager HR and Compliance
» The AFA Project also addresses inequality and harassment issues which are quite common in factories in Bangladesh. For instance, the salary structure is often gender-biased and men are paid more than women. I used to think that supervisor posts were only for men, but the training changed my view and now I have understood that women are also suited for this post. «
Akhni Akter Urmila, seamstress