Since 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group is an active member of the Sustainable Nut Initiative (SNI). SNI is a pre-competitive collaboration platform that brings together key players of global nut supply chains, from processors to roasters to retailers. Through its active involvement, ALDI has developed a risk-based approach to tackle current and future sustainability issues on a sector level, as well as to develop scalable approaches for improving traceability and sustainable farming practices.
As a first step, SNI is focusing on improving global cashew supply chains, based on a recently published sector-wide risk analysis (conducted in November 2020). Producing, processing and sourcing cashew nuts continues to come with inherent sustainability challenges associated with the conditions of farming communities that produce them, workers that process them, and environmental impacts from the involved production steps and transportation. Alongside other industry actors, ALDI has developed an ambition plan with SNI to jointly address sustainability issues identified in the risk assessment report and define the sustainable path ahead.
By working together within SNI, we believe that we can make a positive impact on the challenges that cashew and other nut supply chains are facing. In a joint effort, we want to drive progress in the whole sector towards better agricultural practices, improved social standards and ultimately more sustainable products.