Our 2020 Deforestation-risk Assessment examined more than 25 commodities based on their global deforestation-risk and relevance in our supply chains. The aim of this assessment was to identify adverse impacts the ALDI SOUTH Group may have on forests, gain insights into our actual impacts and understand our greatest levers to minimise risks. The assessment allowed us to identify the ten highest deforestation-risk supply chains within our business.
Independent third-party certification schemes are key in allowing retailers to determine if sustainability requirements are implemented on the ground. This is especially important when local environmental protection legislation and/or law enforcement in sourcing countries are insufficient to guarantee the protection of forests and natural ecosystems.
Mapping the supply chain of raw materials is necessary to ensure we have sufficient transparency to verify compliance with our requirements, analyse risks, and implement projects with a direct impact in and beyond our supply chains. For some of the commodities that have the highest impact on deforestation, such as palm oil and soy, supply chains are especially complex, and a relatively small number of raw material traders have a much higher leverage than retailers or manufacturers. Regular assessments of raw material supply chains performed individually or collectively, will assist us in achieving transparency at trader level in the upcoming years.
For complex supply chains, collaboration between stakeholders is essential for market transition and alignment between different actors in the supply chain.
We collaborate with:
- Standard bodies to strengthen certification criteria.
- Our direct suppliers and traders to ensure implementation of our requirements in our own supply chains.
- Industry groups across the sector, including the Palm Oil Transparency Coalition (POTC), the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), and the Retail Soy Group (RSG).
We engage in the origin of raw materials of our products to create direct impact, promote sustainable production, and support local farmers. We consider collaboration with partners on the ground to support projects or [landscape approaches], which have the most impact and minimise deforestation and conversion.
Support of legislative frameworks
We want to go one step further to successfully address systematic challenges throughout complex supply chains. Our longstanding commitment and cooperation with various stakeholders has shown that the best way to minimise deforestation within complex supply chains is through joint initiatives and partnerships. The urgency to create maximum leverage in a timely manner requires all relevant political, economic and social stakeholders to collaborate. Legislative action against deforestation is essential to create a level playing field and to drive sector-wide change. It can contribute significantly to the prevention of deforestation and mitigate climate change and protect the planet’s biodiversity.
ALDI supports the introduction of a robust legislative framework, such as the EU Commission’s initiative, to halt import-driven deforestation and to regulate deforestation-free products.
Our CR Performance (2020)
Palm (Kernel) Oil
Our Goal: All palm (kernel) oil and palm (kernel) oil-based derivatives and fractions used in our own-brand products are certified.
of certified palm (kernel) oil in our own-brand products (since 2018)
We have calculated our soy footprint since 2017 with the aim of providing a quantitative impact assessment of our supply chains. Since 2018, we have participated in the Collective Soy Reporting (CSR) to quantify and map the use of soymeal. The CSR is a supplier survey conducted by an external service provider who reviews the claims of our suppliers.
Soy supply chains are very complex, and the CSR approach helps us to increase transparency each year within our own supply chain and across the European marketplace.
of deforestation-free soy
- All wood and paper-based components contained in the product packaging of our ALDI own brand core range food and non-food products are to be produced from certified raw materials or recycled materials by the end of 2021.
- The total weight of our ALDI own brand product packaging shall be reduced by 15% in relation to sales by the end of 2025. Suppliers have to ensure that a minimum amount of material is used without compromising the product safety.
- All ALDI own brand product packaging have to be recyclable, compostable or reusable latest by the end of 2025.
- By 2025, we aim to have 30% recycled content in our own brand plastic packaging on average.
Additionally to our international goals highlighted above, some of our national organisations have even more ambitious targets in place.
The implementation of a new IT Infrastructure in some of our European marketplaces led to temporary reporting impediments, which influenced the group-wide performance figure.
COVID-19 led to postponing final production facility audits. As a consequence, the goal on paper-based product packaging has been expanded to the end of 2021.
of products with certified/recycled paper-based product packaging
Our Goal: All relevant wood-based own-brand non-food products are to be produced from recycled or certified raw materials by the end of 2021.
COVID-19 led to postponing final production facility audits. As a consequence, the goal has been expanded to the end of 2021.
of certified/recycled own brand products
Our Goal: All cocoa used in relevant own-brand products will be from certified sources by the end of 2020.
COVID-19 led to postponing final production facility audits. The goal of 100% certified cocoa in our products will be achieved in 2021.
of products containing certified cocoa
Our Goal: The percentage of sustainable coffee products is to be steadily increased.
of sustainable coffee tonnage
Since 2019, all European and US stores exclusively offer bananas that are certified according to the Rainforest Alliance standard or organic bananas in combination with either Fairtrade certification or the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice.
of certified bananas sold in our European and US stores
Our Projects, Memberships & Working groups
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
Precautionary approach to environmental challenges
Promote environmental responsibility
Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies