The relationships we have with our business partners are based on mutual respect and trust, it forms the foundation for all our supply chain activities.
We expect our business partners to comply with all our social and environmental standards, e.g. ALDI Social Standards in Production, and we pay particular attention to production conditions in countries where adherence to these standards cannot yet be taken for granted. In these countries, we want to contribute to the improvement of working conditions and the protection of the environment. We do this by maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our business partners, working together on projects and monitoring activities to ensure our requirements are implemented and adhered to in all production facilities used for ALDI production.
The ALDI SOUTH Group’s commitment to corporate responsibility is not restricted to meeting minimum legal requirements. Our aim is to go above and beyond by defining and strengthening sustainability as a quality factor for our products. We focus on both the resources used in our products as well as the working conditions and environmental standards in production.
More sustainable agricultural practices and the responsible use of resources help protect the environment as well as ensure the long-term availability of resources. To create lasting impact, as an international global discount retailer with an average product range of 1,600 products, we need to focus our activities on high-priority raw materials and commodity groups.
Transparency of supply chains
We attach great importance to sustainable production conditions in the manufacturing of food and non-food products. Supply chain transparency is the foundation for all our sustainability measures. Without the knowledge where our products come from, we cannot ensure compliance with our requirements, analyse risks, monitor or implement projects. We work with our business partners to increase the transparency of our supply chains so that we have a better understanding concerning the origin of every product we sell and the raw materials we use for our products.
In order to offer greater transparency to our customers, we are publishing the addresses and number of employees of all our main production facilities used for the manufacturing of garment textiles and shoes bought by the International Buying department. Production facilities are classified by product groups or country and the information will be updated bi-annually.
We commit to publish information on all relevant tiers for six of our high priority supply chains. We will start with one supply chain and will scale our transparency to six of our high priority supply chains over the coming years.
In order to offer their customers a higher transparency for products, ALDI SOUTH Germany and HOFER have established traceability platforms. With the help of a QR code or a tracking code on the packaging, the respective product can be traced back to its origin.
Our Goals & Performance (2019)
By measuring our progress against our Corporate Responsibility goals on a regular basis, 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.
Our Goal: We are committed to sourcing 100% of our shell eggs from cage-free supply chains by 2025.
of cage-free shell eggs
Our Goal: All cocoa used in relevant own-brand products will be from certified sources by the end of 2020.
of products containing certified cocoa
Our Goal: The percentage of sustainable coffee is to be steadily increased.
of sustainable coffee tonnage
Our Goal: We will use 100% sustainable cotton for our own-brand garments and household textiles by 2025.
of sustainable cotton tonnage
Fish & Seafood
Our Goal: All products included in our fish and seafood range will be responsibly sourced by the end of 2020.
of responsibly sourced fish and seafood
Our Goal: All wood-based own-brand non-food products are to be produced from recycled or certified raw materials by 2020.
of certified/recycled own-brand products
Palm (Kernel) Oil
Our Goal: All palm (kernel) oil and palm (kernel) oil-based derivatives and fractions used in our own-brand products are certified.
of certified palm (kernel) oil in our own-brand products (since 2018)
Our Goal: All textile business partners receive a Corporate Responsibility (CR) evaluation and respective training.
of our textile business partners integrated into the CR Supplier Evaluation Program (CRSE)
Our Memberships & Partnerships
We believe the best way to protect the people and the planet is through joint initiatives and partnerships. For this reason, we engage in multi-stakeholder initiatives.
Sustainable Development Goals
Support and respect the protection of human rights
Not complicit in human rights abuses
Uphold freedom of association and recognition of right to collective bargaining
Elimination of forced and compulsory labour
Abolition of child labour
Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation
Precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Promote environmental responsibility
Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
Work against corruption in all its forms