Banana farmer with banana stock on back

Tropical Fruit

Our Approach

Human rights violations and environmental risks such as living wages and incomes and water scarcity are key challenges when sourcing tropical fruit. In order to tackle these challenges, the ALDI SOUTH Group has included sustainably sourced products in its range, and engages with our business partners and stakeholders across the industry. We are committed to fostering fair working conditions and environmentally friendly production in the cultivation of tropical fruit.

Our Actions

Transparency

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.

 

Certification and Standards

We apply social and environmental requirements for suppliers at grower level for bananas, pineapples, mangos and avocados. The ALDI SOUTH Group uses independent certification schemes when buying tropical fruits, by using these certification schemes, we can ensure that ALDI products are sourced in an environmentally friendly and social manner.

Supply Chain

Business Partner Management

Our business partners have an important role in implementing our commitments and ensuring compliance with our requirements throughout the supply chain. We foster open and constructive dialogues with our suppliers to improve the sustainability of the tropical fruit sector.

Human Rights

We respect human rights and do our part to improve living and working conditions throughout our supply chains.

Stakeholder Dialogue & Capacity Building

We believe the best way to protect the people and the environment is through joint initiatives and partnerships. For this reason, we engage in various multi-stakeholder initiatives and projects on the ground.

Our CR Performance

100%

of bananas and pineapples sold in our European and US stores are certified (since 2019)

Sustainable Development Goals

1 No poverty 2 Zero hunger 8 Decent work and economic growth 10 Reduced inequalities 12 Responsible consumption and production 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 3

Uphold freedom of association and recognition of right to collective bargaining

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