Person holding cocoa fruit

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 and Standards

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.

Supply Chain

About 2.5 million cocoa farming families in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire produce more than 60% of the world’s cocoa. These smallholder farmers can face difficult working and living conditions. Human rights violations including illegal child labour, as well as environmental risks such as deforestation, are key challenges for retailers when sourcing cocoa. The cocoa used in ALDI products mainly comes from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and we are committed to fostering fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production in the cultivation of cocoa.

Stakeholder dialogue & Capacity building

We believe the best way to protect the people and the environment is through joint initiatives and partnerships. For this reason, we engage in various multi-stakeholder initiatives and projects on the ground.

Our Goal & Performance (2019)

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

88%

of products containing certified cocoa

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