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Cocoa

Our Approach

Cocoa is grown by smallholder farmers who may face difficult working and living conditions. The cocoa used in our products comes mainly from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. Human rights violations including child labour, as well as environmental risks such as deforestation, are key challenges when sourcing cocoa.

The ALDI SOUTH Group is committed to fostering fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production in the cultivation of cocoa. In order to tackle these challenges, ALDI SOUTH continues to increase the amount of certified sustainably sourced cocoa in its range. In addition, we collaborate with other stakeholders on projects on the ground and are working with our business partners to increase traceability of our cocoa.

Our Actions

Certification

We want to provide our customers the highest quality at the best possible price. Certification schemes are one way to determine whether sustainability standards are adhered to in the cultivation of the cocoa used in our products. We require the sustainability standards UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade or organic when buying products containing cocoa and we have already converted the majority of the cocoa used in our private label products. The ALDI SOUTH Group additionally engages with certification organisations to strengthen requirements and improve sustainability standards at farm level.

Human Rights Risk Assessment

Human Rights SchemaIn 2018, we comprehensively examined the human rights risks within our food and agriculture supply chains. The aim of these assessments is to identify any adverse impacts our company may have on human rights, gain insights into our actual impacts and understand where our greatest level of influence is throughout the global supply chains of the entire ALDI SOUTH Group.

We identified cocoa as a raw material with a high risk of human rights violations and consider it to be important to us in terms of leverage.

Our Goal & Performance (2018)

Our Goal: All cocoa used in relevant own-brand products will be from certified sources by the end of 2020.

86%

of products containing certified cocoa

Our Projects

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German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO)

ALDI has been an active member of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) since 2015 and works with other members to achieve the initiative’s objectives.  This multi-stakeholder initiative aims to improve the livelihood of cocoa farmers and their families, to contribute to a secure living, to conserve and protect natural resources and biodiversity in cocoa producing countries, as well as to increase cultivation and commercialisation of sustainably produced cocoa. ALDI is actively engaged in the sustainability and PRO-PLANTEURS working groups, which focus on the implementation of GISCO’s goals and monitoring the PRO-PLANTEURS project.

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Project in Côte d'Ivoire
PRO-PLANTEURS project

Since 2015, as a member of the German Initiative on Sustainable Cocoa (GISCO) we have worked in partnership with the German government and the government of Côte d'Ivoire in a joint project. PRO-PLANTEURS works together with 20,000 cocoa farmers, including female farmers, their families, and their cooperatives. Successes of the first project phase were

  • Professionalisation of cooperatives
  • Increase in farmers’ cocoa yields
  • Farmer training in Good Agricultural Practices and professional business management
  • Diversification of agricultural production and nutrition
  • Improved collaboration among stakeholders

In June 2020 PRO-PLANTEURS will start its second project phase with a focus on contributing to better living conditions of about 30,000 cocoa farmers.

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Retailer Cocoa Collaboration

In September 2019, the ALDI SOUTH Group joined the newly-formed Retailer Cocoa Collaboration (RCC) which commits to support the Cocoa and Forests Initiative. This initiative will drive change by protecting and restoring forests in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Colombia. The RCC will also map collective cocoa supply chains to gain a greater understanding of the social and environmental risks found in production countries. The trader assessment conducted by RCC will also provide us with greater transparency and insight into lower supply chain tiers.

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Project in Côte d'Ivoire
Fairtrade cocoa project

Since 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group and Fairtrade  have been collaborating on a project in Côte d’Ivoire to improve working conditions and livelihoods for local cocoa farmers. The project analyses the impact of ALDI’s business operations on the community and environment, increases traceability of our cocoa products and provides a basis for further projects together with Fairtrade. As part of the project, ALDI’s business partner will source cocoa beans which are 100% traceable from the selected cooperative for our cocoa-based products.

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Commitment towards living incomes and wages

Working towards the payment of a living income and wage are an important part of a sustainable supply chain. They contribute towards the fight against poverty and child labour and the realisation of other human rights.

German Initiative for International Cooperation (GIZ)

As a participant of the “Working Group on Living Income and Living Wages” established by the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit - GIZ), we want to support and promote the establishment of an income and wage standard that meets the cost of living in the global agricultural supply chains. By joining forces and aligning our approach with others, we aim to increase leverage to maximise our impact and ensure that farmers and workers in global supply chains have a decent standard of living.

Sustainable Trade Initiative IDH

The Sustainable Trade Initiative ‘IDH’ created a 'Living Wage Steering Committee' together with the ALDI SOUTH Group, and many other businesses. The participating companies in the committee will monitor the implementation of the IDH Roadmap, including the development of tools to measure the living wage gap and approaches to close it.

FAO World Banana Forum’s Living Wage Advocacy Initiative (LIWIN)

We support the FAO World Banana Forum’s Living Wage Advocacy Initiative (LIWIN), which works towards the establishment of living income and wage benchmarks in several banana exporting countries and living income/wage advocacy activities with government, private sector and civil society actors in major European importing countries.

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Sustainable Development Goals

1 No poverty 2 Zero hunger 8 Decent work and economic growth 10 Reduced inequalities 12 Responsible consumption and production 13 Climate action 15 Life on land 17 Partnerships for the goals

UNGC

Human Rights

Principle 1

Support and respect the protection of human rights

Principle 2

Not complicit in human rights abuses

Labour

Principle 3

Uphold freedom of association and recognition of right to collective bargaining

Principle 4

Elimination of forced and compulsory labour

Principle 5

Abolition of child labour

Principle 6

Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

Environment

Principle 7

Precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8

Promote environmental responsibility

GRI references

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 103-1 Global Reporting Initiative 103-2 Global Reporting Initiative 103-3