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Vision 2030

Making sustainability affordable to our customers. 

Our Approach

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.

Vision 2030Our 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.

 

Anke Ehlers, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility International at the ALDI SOUTH Group

"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

Human Rights

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.

Focus Area: Human Rights

Resource Efficiency

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.

Focus Area: Resource Efficiency

Zero Carbon

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.

Focus Area: Zero Carbon

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.

Strategy Development & Review

Development

We carefully considered different sources and perspectives when developing our international CR strategy and Vision 2030. Our global focus areas and strategic goals were identified through detailed environmental and human rights risk and impact assessments in our food and non-food supply chains. An international stakeholder survey with around 6,000 participants helped us to identify key priorities of customers, suppliers, and employees in all our markets. Furthermore, all national Corporate Responsibility Departments were involved in the development of our international CR Strategy in order to integrate and reflect the national market perspective.

Review

By reviewing our strategic approach every three years, we can ensure that our strategic priorities continue to focus on areas, which are most material to our business and where we can have the greatest impact on society and the environment. For the review of our international CR strategy, we will be taking into account all relevant internal and external developments. A series of risk and impact assessments, covering both social and environmental issues, will support us in identifying and addressing material topics in our supply chains.

We believe that collaboration is key to achieve sustainable development and greatest change can only happen by working with all affected parties. Working with external partners and engaging in multi-stakeholder initiatives broadens our horizon and supports us to integrate different perspectives in our international CR strategy. We engage with our stakeholders to achieve common goals and seek to build greater awareness on current and future challenges along our supply chains and throughout our company.

Our Performance

By measuring our corporate responsibility performance a regular basis, we are continuously validating the effectiveness of our actions. 

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.

More Information

Sustainable Development Goals

1 No poverty 2 Zero hunger 4 Quality education 5 Gender equality 6 Clean water and sanitation 7 Affordable and clean energy 8 Decent work and economic growth 10 Reduced inequalities 12 Responsible consumption and production 13 Climate action 14 Life below water 15 Life on land 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions 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

Principle 9

Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

GRI references

GRI 102: General disclosures 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 102-2 Global Reporting Initiative 102-9 Global Reporting Initiative 102-16 Global Reporting Initiative 102-44 Global Reporting Initiative 102-47

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 103-1 Global Reporting Initiative 103-2 Global Reporting Initiative 103-3

GRI 302: Energy 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 302-4

GRI 305: Emissions 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 305-5

GRI 308: Supplier environmental assessment 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 308-2

GRI 408: Child labour 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 408-1

GRI 409: Forced or compulsory labour 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 409-1

GRI 412: Human rights assessment 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 412-1

GRI 414: Supplier social assessment

Global Reporting Initiative 414-1 Global Reporting Initiative 414-2