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July 2020

Reporting on progress: ALDI SOUTH Group further commits to United Nations Global Compact

The ALDI SOUTH Group publishes their report “UN Global Compact Communication on Progress 2019”. It highlights the food retailer’s positive progress in the areas of human rights, labour rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption and reaffirms its continued support of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

In 2017, the ALDI SOUTH Group was the first discount food retailer to join the United Nations Global Compact, a worldwide initiative for sustainable and responsible business practices. The food retailer has committed to implementing the UNGC’s principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption as part of its long-term strategy and within the scope of daily business operations.

“We are pleased to confirm that the ALDI SOUTH Group is committed to continuing its support of the ten UNGC principles and has continued to make progress in 2019. The ‘UN Global Compact Communication on Progress 2019’ not only highlights how we have successfully advanced projects and initiatives in cooperation with our partners, it is also part of our ongoing commitment to be more transparent concerning actions relating to our sustainability activities.”

Anke Ehlers, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility International at the ALDI SOUTH Group.

UN Global Compact Communication on Progress 2019

The recently published report communicates the ALDI SOUTH Group’s progress on implementing the UNGC’s principles in strategy and operations. This includes, for example, joining the Ethical Trade Initiative, engaging in living wage working groups, publishing an international Child Labour Policy and strengthening labour standards in the Vietnamese cashew nut supply chain. The ALDI SOUTH Group also engages in the Retailer Cocoa Collaboration to tackle deforestation and uses RSPO-certified palm oil for 100% of private label products. More than 340 conducted ALDI Social Assessments evaluated production facilities’ compliance with our CR Requirements and ALDI Social Standards in Production.

The “UN Global Compact Communication on Progress 2019” can be downloaded here.

About the UN Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies to align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption and to take action in support of UN goals. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 70 Local Networks.


 

Sustainable Development Goals

1 No poverty 3 Good health and well-being 5 Gender equality 7 Affordable and clean energy 8 Decent work and economic growth 10 Reduced inequalities 12 Responsible consumption and production 13 Climate action 14 Life below water 15 Life on land 17 Partnerships for the goals