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 of the origins of the products we sell and the raw materials we use in our products.
In 2021, we published the names and addresses of our direct business partners (tier 1 suppliers) for coffee.
Certification and Standards
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, Fairtrade USA, and UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, we can reassure our customers that we are supporting coffee growing communities and protecting biodiversity.
Visits and Assessment
As part of our engagement, we regularly visit and assess production sites together with our business partners in our food and non-food supply chains.
We respect human rights and do our part to improve living and working conditions throughout our supply chains.
Human Rights Risk Assessment
We regularly conduct human rights risk assessments to examine 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 how we may be involved through our own activities or as a result of our business relationships.
We determined coffee as a raw material with a high risk of adverse impacts on the enjoyment of human rights and consider it most important to the ALDI SOUTH Group.
Human Rights Impact Assessment
We are developing specific measures to prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts identified during our risk assessment in 2018. We are carrying 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, smallholder farmers and women. The HRIA will be based on background research and engagement with rights-holders in the field. Despite the persisting challenges due to the global pandemic, we plan to publish our results by the end of 2021.
Our CR Performance (2020)
Our Goal: The percentage of sustainable coffee is to be steadily increased.
The implementation of a new IT Infrastructure in some of our European marketplaces led to a temporary inability to report, which has negatively influenced our Group-wide performance figure. Changes in customer buying behaviour saw the sale of certified coffee drop in one national marketplace.
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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