The ALDI SOUTH Group has always prided itself in making quality products available to its customers at the right price. For the past ten years, we have been successfully implementing responsible business activities and programmes. Through our Vision 2030 of ‘making sustainability affordable’, we will continue to give our customers access to great products, and we will reassure them that they have been responsibly sourced. By addressing social and environmental problems where they are most pressing, we can use our influence to have the greatest impact on people and the planet.
Our global CR Strategy consists of four international focus areas – human rights, resource efficiency, zero carbon, and employer of choice - and is complemented by additional national focus areas, which concentrate on giving all customers access to healthy products and supporting local communities. All these activities contribute to the overall vision of making sustainability affordable to every customer. Our new 2030 vision prepares us for the future and considers relevant trends and opportunities currently being presented on a global scale.
"Our ambitious goals require close cooperation with both our business partners and the retail industry. Together we can overcome global challenges and ensure that ALDI can contribute to the democratization of sustainable products, make them affordable, and bring them into any household and onto everybody’s plate.”
Anke Ehlers, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility International at the ALDI SOUTH Group.
Our Global Focus Areas
We are committed to respecting human rights and improving living and working conditions throughout our supply chains. Our commitment encompasses any adverse impact on human rights that we might cause, contribute to or are directly linked to.
In order to make a real difference, we have established a wide range of partnerships with organisations including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, governments, and NGOs. Together we can improve the lives of workers and their families in many different ways; these include promoting better working and living conditions for workers and their families, paying fair wages, empowering women, clamping down on child labour and increasing the transparency in our supply chains.
Sustainable buying practices are essential for the long-term success of our business. Together with our business partners, we work towards increasing transparency and continuous improvement within supply chains.
We want to increase the share of sustainable products available to our customers. Our aspiration is that our products are made in a sustainable way and that we consider environmental and social criteria in our global supply chains - from raw materials to final production.
We will reduce food waste across our business, make other operational waste reusable or recyclable, reduce our own-brand product packaging weight and make the packaging we use 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.
Our business activities have a significant impact on climate and the environment. This is a result not only of the products we sell, but also our business operations. Our goal is to minimise the ecological footprint of our corporate activities by lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring that the products we offer do not have a detrimental impact on the environment.
As part of our wider commitment to minimise the impact of our products, we will also work with our business partners to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate protection projects in our supply chains.
Employer of choice
Our employees are the key to our success. They are the ones who define the ALDI business day after day and distinguish us from our competitors. For ALDI to continue on its path of success, we want to provide a great place to work and be an employer of choice within the retail sector. Our conviction is that understanding, respecting and valuing the uniqueness of our employees makes us stronger.
We are committed to invest in our employees inside and outside of work by creating a positive environment and offering programmes that support our employees’ mental, emotional and physical well-being. Our focus is to ensure that each colleague receives the opportunity to grow and develop within their role. For this reason, the ALDI Academy was implemented in all countries. The purpose of the Academy is to enrich the ALDI employment experience by creating tailored training and development programmes.
Our Global Employee Engagement Surveys regularly gather views and feedback on what we do well and where we can improve. This allows us to listen to our employees’ voice and develop international action plans so that we can provide a healthy, safe, and diverse workplace.
By measuring our corporate responsibility performance on a regular basis, we are continuously validating the effectiveness of our actions, highlighting the areas where we are already making progress and identifying areas where further action is still required.
We review our strategic approach every three years, taking into account all relevant internal and external developments. This allows us to ensure that our strategic priorities continue to focus on the areas which are most material to our business, and where we can have the greatest impact on society and the environment.
Our Memberships & Partnerships
We believe the best way to protect the people and the planet is through joint initiatives and partnerships. For this reason, we engage in various multi-stakeholder initiatives.
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