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Our Approach

Coffee is among the world’s most-traded raw materials and is primarily cultivated by smallholder farmers in sub-tropical regions. There are human rights and environmental challenges when sourcing coffee and the ALDI SOUTH Group is committed to changing this by fostering fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production in the cultivation of coffee.

One of the ways we do this is by sourcing independently certified products to ensure that producers receive a fair price for their products as well as adapt to climate change and fighting deforestation. We also carry out origin visits to key sourcing countries, participate in projects on the ground and are working to improve supply chain transparency via direct sourcing models.

Our Actions


Smallholder farmers in coffee-growing regions face multiple challenges, including poverty, commodity price fluctuations and the effects of climate change.  By sourcing from suppliers using the sustainability standards Fairtrade, UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, and 4C Services, we can reassure our customers that we are supporting coffee growing communities and protecting biodiversity. 

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

Human Rights Impact Assessment

We are developing specific measures to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts identified during our risk assessment in 2018. In 2020, we will carry out detailed human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) for three high priority raw materials, including coffee, to identify, understand and assess the potential and actual adverse effects  of our business activities on workers and other affected rights-holders such as community members.

Our Goal & Performance (2019)

Our Goal: The percentage of sustainable coffee is to be steadily increased.


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Our Projects

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Project in Honduras
Fairtrade coffee project

Since 2016, the ALDI SOUTH Group, together with TransFair e. V., has supported 22 Fairtrade certified coffee cooperatives in Honduras, directly benefitting over 4,600 farmers, including over 1,000 female farmers, and their families. Farmers receive assistance in improving the quality and quantity of their coffee harvests and learn how to optimise the sale of their products. This project also helps the cooperatives to improve their organisational and financial structures, increases the involvement of women and young people in coffee-growing activities, and supports the implementation of environmental and climate adaptation measures in the coffee-growing sector.

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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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Our Membership

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Since 2020
Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC)

In 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group became a member of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge (SCC). In the SCC, we collaborate with other retailers, traders, governments, NGOs, and research institutions on improving living and working conditions in the global coffee sector.

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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 17 Partnerships for the goals


Human Rights

Principle 1

Support and respect the protection of human rights

Principle 2

Not complicit in human rights abuses


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

GRI references

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

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