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Nuts

Our Approach

Each nut type and its value chain is unique and comes with its own social and environmental challenges. Nut origins and production systems vary significantly and range from the wild collection from pristine rainforests in the Amazon (Brazil nuts), over smallholder farming in Turkey (hazelnuts) and West Africa (cashews), to industrial plantations in California (almonds).

The ALDI SOUTH Group has identified nut supply chains as a high priority focus area with Brazil nuts, cashews and hazelnuts being of particular importance amongst the eleven nut types sold in the ALDI SOUTH Group’s countries. We are committed to fostering fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production in the cultivation and processing of nuts. We continue to increase our efforts in ensuring transparency and traceability throughout our nut supply chains. In addition, we collaborate with key stakeholders on projects on the ground and work with our business partners and multi-stakeholder initiatives to increase awareness and transparency of sustainable nut production and raise industry standards.

Our Actions

Traceability and transparency

We want to provide our customers the highest quality at the best possible price. Transparent supply chains and traceability of raw materials are the crucial foundation to determine whether sustainability standards are adhered to in the cultivation and processing of nuts for our products. Together with our business partners and other industry actors, we are working towards increased transparency. Activities include supplier interviews, participation in relevant multi-stakeholder initiatives, projects on the ground or crop-specific human rights impact assessments.

Human Rights Risk Assessment

https://cr.aldisouthgroup.com/sites/default/files/downloads/20190528_Human%20Rights%20Schema_New_EN.pdfIn 2018, we comprehensively examined the human rights risks within our food and agriculture supply chains. The aim of these assessments was 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 nuts 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 started to carry out detailed human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) for three high priority raw materials, including Brazil nuts, 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 Project

Cashew nuts hanging in the bush
Project in Vietnam
Social Dialogue in cashew supply chains

ALDI seeks to respect human rights and prevent violations in our Vietnamese cashew nut supply chain by supporting the Ethical Trade Norway’s Cashew project. The project strengthens labour standards while having a focus on women and vulnerable groups as well as improves environmental management.

Together with our cashew suppliers, ALDI encouraged processors in the Vietnamese cashew supply chain to participate in social dialogue training during September and November 2019. This training was designed to improve worker and management dialogue, grievance handling and knowledge of trade union rights. The project also trained farmers on labour standards, good agricultural and environmental practices. Additional sessions and supplementary trainings for further Vietnamese supply chain actors followed in July 2020. The project will continue to support farmers, workers and processors over the course of this year with further guidance and knowledge-sharing.

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Our Memberships

Sustainable Nut Initiative
Since 2020
Sustainable Nut Initiative

Since 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group is an active participant of the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI). SNI is a coalition of key players in global nut supply chains with the aim at bringing the nut sector to a higher level in terms of professionalism, sustainability and quality.

Through this participation, ALDI is seeking dialogue to strengthen relationships at all links in the supply chain, as well as to develop scalable approaches for improving traceability and sustainable farming practice. Furthermore, we are dedicated to working together within the SNI network to exchange best practise models and set industry standards.

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UTZ Hazelnut Programme
Since 2017
UTZ Hazelnut Programme

The ALDI SOUTH Group joined the UTZ Hazelnut Program in 2017. The UTZ Hazelnut Program brings together a strong coalition of over a hundred market players worldwide to tackle sustainability challenges in predominantly Turkish hazelnut supply chains such as child labour and poor conditions for migrant workers. The UTZ program is the first independent, third party certification program in the hazelnut sector and over 6,800 hazelnut farmers now apply the UTZ standards for sustainable farming.

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Sustainable Development Goals

1 No poverty 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 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