Achieving long-term improvements through multi-stakeholder initiatives

Commitment to environmental production standards for textiles and shoes

ALDI has made a voluntary commitment to support the aims of the Detox campaign. The Detox campaign was launched by the environmental protection organisation Greenpeace to reduce the threat to humans and the environment from chemically aided production processes in the textile and shoe industry.

In cooperation with Greenpeace we have developed comprehensive criteria, which define rigorous environmental requirements for production. Our action plan includes the gradual elimination of certain chemicals used in the manufacturing processes for both textiles and shoes by 2020.

We are aware that the path to achieving lasting acceptance and understanding of the Detox requirements among all parties involved will be a longterm process. With the involvement and support of our business partners throughout the supply chain, ALDI SOUTH will continue to actively promote the development of sustainable environmental and social standards in our sourcing countries. (Detox Commitment)

Wide-ranging engagement in initiatives and boards

We see our engagement in relevant networks, boards, and multi-stakeholder initiatives as an opportunity to take an active role in helping to shape changes, develop standards, and exchange experiences across sectors.

Among others, ALDI SOUTH is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Retailers’ Palm Oil Group.

ALDI SOUTH has been a member of the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) since as early as 2008. As a member of the steering committee, we are actively involved in the development of the organisation and the standards.

ALDI UK and Australia are both members of Sedex, a global alliance of producers and retailers. Sedex simplifies the exchange of sustainability information and audit reports.

The ALDI SOUTH Group encourages its business partners to participate in such initiatives as the BSCI, Sedex, or the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh as well. Thus, our involvement is contributing towards a higher market penetration of binding minimum standards.

In 2015 ALDI SOUTH in Germany joined the “Bündnis für nachhaltige Textilien” (Partnership for Sustainable Textiles). This initiative, founded by representatives from government, industry, trade unions, and civil society, aims to achieve concrete improvements in environmental and social standards in the textile and clothing industry. Another field of action is transparency on sustainable production conditions in order to make it simpler for consumers to make responsible purchasing decisions.

ALDI UK has been a sponsor of “Stronger Together” since 2013. This multi-stakeholder initiative fights human trafficking, forced labour, and the exploitation of migrant labourers in agriculture and food production.

More information on the ALDI SOUTH national organisation’s involvement in other initiatives and organisations can be found here.

For more information on environmental and social standards, see Internal and external audits and Capacity building as key to success