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.
Since 2019, all European and US ALDI 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.
All pineapples sold in our European and US stores are certified, mostly according to the Rainforest Alliance standard. Alternatively, pineapples may also be certified according to the Sustainably Grown or Fairtrade standard.
Other fresh tropical fruit
For all other fresh tropical fruit, the requirements for social compliance on farm level are based on a risk-based approach regarding third-party social audits as well as requirements on good agricultural practices.
Human Rights Risk Assessment
In 2018, we comprehensively examined the human rights risks within our food and agriculture supply chains. The aim of these assessments is 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 tropical fruit as a raw material with a high risk of human rights violations and consider it to be very 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 will carry out detailed human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) for three high priority raw materials, including avocado, 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.
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.
We have started to conduct our own producer assessments on plantations in relevant countries of origin. This enables us to carry out spot checks to verify how the producers work in our supply chain and how our requirements, in particular the ‘ALDI Social Standards in Production’, are being implemented and met.
In collaboration with FLOCERT, the Fairtrade standard’s certification body, we developed an approach to evaluate the corporate responsibility capacities and efforts of our food suppliers. The aim of this project is to increasingly integrate sustainability-related metrics into our buying decisions. These will reflect the sustainability performance of suppliers beyond certification. We successfully piloted this approach with our current and potential banana suppliers in 2019 and already consider the results in our buying decisions. We will extend this approach to other high-risk commodity suppliers from 2020 onwards.
Dialogue with producers
Our buying and CR team, together with our suppliers and representatives of our sustainability standards, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade, jointly visited banana producers in some of our most relevant producing countries in March 2019, e.g. in Ecuador and Guatemala. In Ecuador, we met with banana producers that voiced their concerns about pricing and sustainability in an open letter a few months earlier. We had a very constructive dialogue that contributed to a better mutual understanding of the existing challenges along the banana value chain.
Our Performance (2019)
of bananas and pineapples sold in our European and US stores are certified
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