ALDI continues to make strong progress towards its sustainability goals in 2019
We consider environmental and social criteria throughout our food and non-food product supply chains – from raw materials to final production. We have set ourselves ambitious goals to make sure that all our products are made in a sustainable way. We continuously measure our progress towards our sustainability goals.
Through measuring our progress, we can continuously validate the effectiveness of our actions and highlight the areas where we are already making strong progress as well as other areas where further action is still required.
Respecting Human Rights The ALDI SOUTH Group is certain that long-term business success can only be ensured if human rights are acknowledged, respected and protected.
In 2019, 100% of our textile, shoes and bananas business partners were integrated into our Corporate Responsibility Supplier Evaluation. It is planned that all business partners in high-priority commodity groups will undergo a yearly review to evaluate their compliance with the ALDI CR requirements in the future.
In 2020, we will strive to integrate 100% of our products in the high-priority commodity groups of fish and seafood, processed produce, oils and condiments into our Social Monitoring Programme.
Responsible Sourcing Sustainable buying practices are essential for the long-term success of our business. We are responsible for all activities within our global supply chains and for the resources used in the production of our products.
In 2019, we continued to increase the share of sustainable resources, such as cocoa, coffee or fish and seafood, used in our products. We only use certified palm (kernel) oil in our own-brand products and have achieved this goal two years ahead of time. Furthermore, 53% of the ALDI SOUTH Group wood and paper-based product packaging was certified or recycled, compared to 37% in 2018.
Protecting the Environment Our business activities have a significant impact on the climate and the environment and our goal is to minimise the ecological footprint of our corporate activities.
We reduced our overall operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per m² of sales by already more than 30% (against baseline year 2012), which means we achieved our goal two years ahead of time. Additionally in 2019, more than 90% of our 6,500 stores globally cooperated with charitable organisations to donate unsold food of sound quality and thus reduce food waste.
ALDI SOUTH Group Corporate Responsibility Performance Overview Find an overview on performance towards all our sustainability goals here: Goals & Performance