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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity strengthens us

© ALDI Ireland, ALDI US, HOFER

Our Approach

"At ALDI, we believe that understanding, respecting, and valuing the uniqueness of our people and customers makes us stronger. That’s why we are committed to building an inclusive culture that values diversity in all its forms. Our core value of responsibility ensures that we treat our people, customers, and partners fairly, in the pursuit of our core purpose. As a global retailer, we strive to represent and serve the needs of the communities we operate in and improve the world we live in."

Global Diversity and Inclusion Statement

We see Diversity and Inclusion as a fundamental element of how we can successfully operate as a global organisation. With businesses in over 11 different countries, we understand the need to build a culture of inclusivity that values diversity in all its forms. By working with our national ALDI teams, we set out a global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that provides guidance for ALDI’s activities and initiatives. Acknowledging and promoting diversity is essential for us to ensure our employees feel valued and lets us reflect the communities we work in. It also allows us to identify challenges from different perspectives so that we can implement new, innovative ideas and offer our customers and business partners the best products and services.

As a part of our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we have defined five pillars and objectives that determine our actions:

  • Employee Engagement & Support: Enhance wellbeing and improve workplace conditions
  • Learning, Development & Awareness: Ensure accessibility to talent development and career progression for all employees, including minority groups
  • Employee Attraction & Selection: Increase diversity within the workforce and strive to consistently review our recruitment processes to deter bias
  • Employee Insights & Data: Identify gaps, needs, and trends for global and national action planning
  • Partnerships & External Engagement: Foster recognition of inclusive employer brand, address diversity of our customers and their different consumer needs, and foster diversity in our supplier network

These pillars outline our global ambitions and goals, they will challenge us to promote Diversity and Inclusion by setting out clear expectations for continuous improvement.

Our Actions

Diverse Groups at ALDI

Having diverse employees allows for opportunities to learn and think differently. As the ALDI SOUTH Group’s ambition is to increase the diversity in the workforce, we will expand our Diversity and Inclusion actions addressing our focus areas which includes, but is not limited to gender, race, ethnicity and colour, sexual orientation, disability, and age.

Gender Equality

When it comes to improving our business performance, we know that it is important to encourage gender equality in the workplace. Our commitment to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace starts with ensuring equal representation throughout the company, and this includes women in management positions. We aspire to drive progress for gender equality at ALDI.  

ALDI SOUTH Group 2021

Total share of Women

61.28%

Share of Women in Management 48.08%
        Women in Executive Management 19.23%
        Women in Middle Management 33.36%
        Women in Lower Management 49.05%

Working generations at ALDI

At ALDI, we aspire to be an attractive employer for all generations. Currently, the average age in our workforce is 34. Sustaining an age-diverse workplace brings many benefits such as improving performance, driving innovation, and bringing a variety of unique skillsets. For the different generations among our workforce, each ALDI country offers inclusive work benefits to accompany various lifestyles. Such benefits range from flexible working, parental leave, and pension plans.

Discrimination and Harassment

“All human rights are considered fundamental values to be respected by all employees. We will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination and harassment.”

Code of Conduct

Our employees are the key to our success, and they have a fundamental right to have a working environment free from harassment. All employees are treated, and treat others, with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate any form of discrimination and harassment and define such actions contrary to our Code of Conduct.

It is the responsibility for all employees to comply with the law within their respective area of responsibility as well as adhere to ALDI’s Code of Conduct.

Health and safety

"The health and safety of our employees is of immense importance. We therefore invest in creating safe working conditions and have work health and safety integrated into all areas of our operations. All employees must always adhere to our safe working arrangements and must immediately report and/or fix any deficiencies within their respective area of responsibility. All managerial staff must support their employees in complying with these obligations.”

Code of Conduct

We recognise that our people are our greatest asset, which is why we place great importance on providing a healthy working environment and improving the quality of working lives for all colleagues. ALDI provides and actively develops Health and Wellbeing programmes for its people in each ALDI SOUTH Group country. We are committed to creating a positive and safe working environment and offer programmes and benefits that support our employees’ mental, emotional, and physical health. 

The benefits can range from health management courses, company doctors, flexible working time, safety training, and healthy food for employees at work.

Inclusive Leadership

At ALDI, employees never stop learning. We offer inclusive learning experiences for everyone. We particularly aim at continuously developing inclusive leaders so that employees feel respected and valued. By creating an inclusive learning experience for our employees, we can encourage them to take up training to support them and go beyond their potential.

Our Memberships & Partnerships

Sustainable Development Goals

3 Good health and well-being 4 Quality education 5 Gender equality 8 Decent work and economic growth 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 6

Elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation

GRI references

GRI 102: General disclosures 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 102-8 Global Reporting Initiative 102-13

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

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