Safeguarding social and environmental standards
We expect our suppliers to comply with all our social and environmental standards. We pay particular attention to production conditions in countries where adherence to these standards is not yet a matter of course. In these countries, we want to contribute to the improvement of living conditions and the protection of the environment. To do so, we maintain an ongoing dialogue with our business partners and work jointly to see that the requirements we have laid out are implemented and maintained in all production facilities.
In order to achieve this goal, ALDI SOUTH has put a system comprising multiple levels into place. Independent audits as well as site visits by our employees provide us with insight into the working conditions in the production facilities. Based on this information, we work together with both suppliers and producers to jointly develop measures that will promote continuous improvements. In addition, through the ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project we are helping production facilities in Bangladesh enhance their social performance.
ALDI “Social Standards in Production”
The ALDI “Social Standards in Production” are our definitive standard for cooperation with suppliers. They were first published in 2010 and were revised in 2014. These standards are based on the following:
- standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO),
- Human Rights Declaration of the United Nations,
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,
- UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and
- OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
Among their numerous, wide-ranging tenets, these international conventions prohibit forced labour and child labour as well as discrimination in any form. They also underpin employees’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
The ALDI “Social Standards in Production” are contractually binding for all suppliers. We expect our partners to communicate these requirements, in addition to all legal requirements, at the production facilities and monitor compliance.
For more information on environmental and social standards, see Internal and external audits, Capacity building as key to success and Achieving long-term improvements through multi-stakeholder initiatives.