Kennzahlen & Standards

Our benchmarks

KEY FIGURES & STANDARDS

About this Report

GRI G4-17

The publication of the first Sustainability Report by the ALDI North Group provides transparent information to our internal and external stakeholder groups about our material social, environmental and economic concerns and the associated issues. The report is directed in particular towards customers, employees, suppliers and business partners, as well as interested parties in the public domain.

We have analysed the issues in our Sustainability Report for the materiality and selected them carefully. The report has been prepared taking account of the “In accordance” option core of the G4 Guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The GRI confirmed the correct disclosure of the general standard information G4-17 to G4-27 with the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service.

The publisher of the report is ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG, Essen (referred to below as: ALDI Buying). The shareholders of ALDI Buying are specifically ALDI GmbH & Co. KG limited partnerships which form a group of equal subsidiaries in Germany. The foreign ALDI companies are licensees of the ALDI brand. All these legally independent companies form the ALDI North Group, which is the subject of the report. Deviations with individual performance indicators or content are indicated as necessary. ALDI Luxembourg is supplied by the Buying and the Logistics department of ALDI Belgium. Nevertheless, ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies, which are regularly displayed in pooled form in the report for reasons of simplicity. The reporting period covers the time from 1 January to 31 December 2015. We have taken account of significant events up to the editorial deadline on 31 March 2016.

Selected content and performance indicators for the year 2015 were the subject of an assurance engagement by the independent audit firm Flottmeyer • Steghaus + Partner. They are identified by the checkmark  . The independent assurance report certifying the limited assurance engagement performed is provided below.

The report is available in printed form in German and other languages. When for reasons of readability, the male form is used to designate persons and functions in this report, this shall naturally be interpreted to include equally the male and female gender. The legal form of companies is also omitted for the same reasons.

The Sustainability Report of the ALDI North Group will be published every two years in future. The next report is scheduled for publication in 2018.

Flottmeyer Steghaus + Partner

To ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG

In accordance with our engagement we carried out an independent audit on achieving limited assurance regarding the selected information and key figures in the sustainability report 2015 compiled by ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG for the company group ALDI North (in the following referred to as “company”) for the reporting period from 01-01-2015 to 31-12-2015.1 Within the scope of our audit the selected information and key figures were marked with a symbol  in the sustainability report.

Responsibility of the legal representative

The management of the company is responsible for compiling the sustainability report in agreement with the criteria specified as well as internal guidelines stated in the principles of reporting and standard information G4 of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

This responsibility comprises selecting and applying suitable methods to compile the sustainability report as well as making assumptions and carrying out estimates on individual sustainability data which are plausible under the prevailing circumstances. The responsibility also comprises the concept, implementation and maintenance of systems and processes if they are of significance for compiling the sustainability report.

Independence and quality control of the auditing company

In carrying out the engagement we have adhered to the requirements of independence as well as further professional regulations which are based on the fundamental principles of integrity, objectiveness, professional competence and suitable care, non-disclosure as well as conduct in compliance with the profession.

Our quality assurance system is based on the national legal regulations and professional announcements, especially the professional rules for auditors and certified public accountants as well as the general comments of the German Chamber of Auditors (WPK) and requirement of the Institute of Public Auditors in Germany (IDW) regarding quality assurance in the practice of the auditor (regulations VO 1/2006).

Responsibility of the auditor

Based on the activities performed by us it is our task to submit an assessment on whether circumstances have become known to us which give us reason to assume that

  • the key figures in the report of the company for the financial year 2015 essentially have not been compiled in correspondence with the criteria of the principles of reporting and standard data G4 of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI),
  • the approaches designated with a checkmark  and described in the chapter “Strategy & Management” of the sustainability report are not in correspondence with the requirements of the standard data G4-DMA of the principles of reporting and standard data G4 as well as
  • the information on quantity designated with a checkmark  in the sustainability report of the company for the financial year 2015 in essential concerns have not been compiled in correspondence with the criteria of being complete, accurate, clear, up to date and reliably based on the principles of reporting and standard data.

The material examination of product-related or service-related data in the sustainability report as well as references to external documentation sources or opinions of experts as well as future-related statements were not the subject matter of our engagement.

Nature and scope of audit

We have conducted our audit in compliance with the International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000 (Revised). Whereby, we are obligated to adhere to professional duties and to plan and carry out the engagement with due consideration to the principle of relevance in order to be able to submit our assessment with limited assurance.

In an audit to achieve limited assurance the performed audit measures are less extensive compared with an audit to achieve sufficient assurance, so that correspondingly the assurance gained is less.

The selected audit measures are at the obligatory discretion of the auditor.

Within the scope of our audit, we have for example conducted the following measures regarding the management and strategy approaches as well as the key figures designated with a checkmark  :

  • inspection of the files and specifications on sustainability strategy and management as well asacquiring an understanding of the organizational structure of the company;
  • questioning the employee of the CR department assigned to compile the report
  • commencing procedures and inspection in the documentation of the systems and processes regarding collection of sustainability information as well as spot checks examining same
  • analytical assessment of relevant information as well as data which was notified for consolidation on the company group level from companies from all countries and regions
  • inspection of internal documents, contracts and invoices/reports from external service providers
  • estimation of the overall presentation of the selected information and key figures on sustainability performance which are comprised in the subject matter of our engagement
  • visits on site at selected companies (ALDI regional companies in Germany in Datteln, Essen, Greven, Herten, Schloß Holte, Schwelm, Werl and ALDI Holding N.V. in Erpe-Mere, Belgium) for estimation of source data as well as the concept and implementation of validation processes on a local and regional level


Judgment

On the basis of our audit on achieving limited assurance no circumstances have come to our attention which cause us to assume that

  • the management and strategy approaches in the sustainability report designated with a checkmark  are not in correspondence with the requirements of the standard specifications of G4-DMA reporting principles and standard specifications G4 have not been detected
  • the key figures in the sustainability report of the company for the financial year 2015 designated with a checkmark  have in essential concerns not been compiled in correspondence with the criteria of being complete, accurate, clear, up to date and reliable based on the principles of G4 of the reporting principles and standard data of GRI.


Recommendation

Without restricting the result described above, we recommend continued development and formalisation of guidelines, systems, processes and internal controlling for compiling performance indicators in the field of energy.

This certification is issued on the basis of the engagement assigned by ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG. The audit to achieve limited assurance was conducted for the purpose of ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG and the certification only serves as information to ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG on the result of the audit to achieve limited assurance. The certification does not serve as a basis for decisions to be made by a third party. Our responsibility is directed only at ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG. We shall thus not be responsible to a third party.

Essen, 4 July 2016

F l o t t m e y e r · S t e g h a u s + P a r t n e r

Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft · Steuerberatungsgesellschaft
(Auditing Company · Tax Consulting Company)

 

Ruth Beerbaum                        Klaus-Peter Gauselmann

Certified Auditor                       Certified Auditor

1 Our audit engagement comprises the German version of the sustainability report 2015 in the printed version

Overview of key figures

Strategy & Management

Number of products and proportion of own-brand products1 in the standard product range (in percent)

Number of products Proportion of own brands (in %)  
Belgium/Luxembourg2 1,113 99.7
Denmark 1,394 87.7
Germany 1,183 94.8
France 1,210 94.6
Netherlands 1,238 97.7
Poland 1,339 88.6
Portugal 1,477 92.3
Spain 1,422 90.2
ALDI North Group 1,297 92.9

1 Unlike brand-name products, own-brand products are those for which we define strict requirements to exert an impact on the manufacturing process.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Total number of stores and number of employees (headcount) by gender and region on the reporting date 31 December

2014 2015
Number of stores Number of employees Number of stores Number of employees of which female1
Belgium/Luxembourg2 460 6,116 461 6,256 4,452
Denmark 227 1,985 220 2,037 1,051
Germany 2,387 29,568 2,339 31,429 22,521
France 908 6,947 899 7,420 4,533
Netherlands 500 5,859 498 6,291 3,893
Poland 93 871 105 1,160 1,002
Portugal 47 484 47 613 416
Spain 245 2,463 260 2,973 1,889
ALDI North Group 4,867 54,293 4,829 58,179 39,757

1 A breakdown by gender is only possible from 2015.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Total net sales of the business year (in billion euros)

2014 2015
ALDI North Group 21.108.180.081 21.793.301.623

Resources & Supply Chain

Proportion of insourced own-brand products which are MSC, ASC, GLOBALG.A.P. or EU organic certified out of the total number of insourced fish products, broken down by type of certification (in percent)1

We measure our target attainment on the basis of the proportion of certified products.

2014 2015  
Total of which MSC of which ASC of which GLOBALG.A.P. of which EU organic logo Total of which MSC of which ASC of which GLOBALG.A.P. of which EU organic logo
Belgium/Luxembourg2 25.0 77.7 5.6 16.7 32.4 82.6 8.7 8.7
Denmark 39.1 88.8 5.6 5.6 56.9 72.4 6.9 20.7
Germany 53.4 77.7 4.8 14.3 3.2 70.6 64.0 10.1 22.5 3.4
France3 19.3 94.1 5.9 17.9 85.0 5.0 40.0
Netherlands 42.7 74.0 12.0 14.0 47.4 67.3 16.4 14.5 1.8
Poland 33.3 87.5 6.3 6.2 35.8 73.7 10.5 21.1
Portugal 28.2 90.9 9.1 25.0 76.9 23.1
Spain 10.9 85.7 7.1 7.2 10.9 76.9 15.4 7.7
ALDI North Group 27.3 79.4 7.3 11.3 2.0 32.9 71.7 11.5 17.3 2.6

1 Products that have been certified with several seals of approval are listed in the breakdown under all the relevant categories, but the product is only counted once in the total number of products. The sum of all the breakdowns can therefore exceed 100 percent.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
3 For 2014, no complete data is available for the purchased GLOBALG.A.P.-certified fish products in France.

Proportion of KAT-certified shell eggs out of the total number of insourced shell eggs (in percent)1

The proportion of KAT-certified shell eggs amounts to around 99 percent. The increased proportion of KAT-certified shell eggs is due to introduction of the requirement in Belgium at the beginning of 2015.

2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg2 9.1 86.0
Germany 100.0 100.0
Netherlands 100.0 100.0
Poland 23.9 34.4
ALDI North Group 97.8 99.1

1 KAT certification is not used in all countries. Only the countries where this system is used are therefore listed here.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of the total volume of palm oil used to manufacture our food and non-food products which was certified in conformity with a physical RSPO supply chain system (in percent)1

In 2015, the proportion of physically certified palm oil (including palm kernel oil and derivatives) went up to nearly 77 percent compared with the previous year. The amount of palm oil used over the same period came down from more than 44,000 metric tons to around 39,600 metric tons in 2015. One of the reasons for the fall was the International Palm Oil Purchasing Policy introduced in 2015. Since all the data for 2014 are not yet available, the proportions are not directly comparable with each other.

2014 2015  
Belgium/Luxembourg2 63.6 77.7
Denmark3 n/a 30.1
Germany 87.7 86.7
France 52.7 66.5
Netherlands 29.8 71.4
Poland 73.5 78.7
Portugal 59.2 62.7
Spain3 n/a 36.9
ALDI North Group 71.7 76.8

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
3 Data are only available from 2015 (n/a = not available).

Proportion of insourced own-brand products containing cocoa with certified sustainable cocoa out of the total number of insourced products containing cocoa, broken down by type of certification (in percent)

At the end of 2015, we had converted around 49 percent of own-brand products containing cocoa completely to certified resources throughout the ALDI North Group. At the end of 2015, ALDI Netherlands had already converted around 78 percent of its total product range (including special-buy products) to certified resources.

2014 2015  
Total of which Fairtrade of which UTZ of which Rainforest Alliance Total of which Fairtrade of which UTZ of which Rainforest Alliance
Belgium/Luxembourg1 8.7 10.0 90.0 20.0 1.9 98.1
Denmark 40.9 100.0 73.5 100.0
Germany 56.8 100.0 77.0 0.9 99.1
France 20.0 100.0 23.9 100.0
Netherlands 53.3 100.0 77.5 3.6 96.4
Poland 49.2 100.0 69.7 100.0
Portugal 51.5 100.0 68.5 100.0
Spain 36.1 100.0 55.4 99.4 0.6
ALDI North Group 32.3 0.5 99.5 48.9 1.9 97.9 0.2

ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of insourced certified or verified sustainable coffee out of the total weight of insourced coffee for own-brand products (in percent)

In 2015, a total of around 13 percent of the insourced coffee was certified with the standards specified above. The biggest proportion here was attributable to 4C verification (around 49 percent), followed by the Rainforest Alliance certification (around 21 percent) and the EU organic logo (around 18 percent).

2014 2015  
Belgium/Luxembourg1 5.0 5.6
Denmark 5.6 7.6
Germany 15.6 18.6
France 3.4 3.1
Netherlands 4.1 4.5
Poland 3.6 4.7
Portugal 8.8 12.5
Spain 11.6 15.1
ALDI North Group 10.8 12.8

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of insourced certified sustainable tea out of the total weight of insourced tea products (in percent)1

Fairtrade, the EU organic logo, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ were assessed as certification types. Overall in 2015, around 17 percent of the insourced tea was certified with one of these standards. The biggest proportion was attributable to the EU organic logo (around 55 percent), followed by the Rainforest Alliance certification (around 38 percent).

2014 2015
ALDI North Group 15.9 17.1

1 The survey included own-brand products containing tea (products which contain substances from the tea plant) and tea-based own-brand products (for example fruit tea).

Proportion of insourced own-brand products which are FSC® or PEFC-certified resources out of the total number of insourced own-brand products with constituent elements made of wood, board and paper, broken down by type of certification (in percent)

In order to identify potential for improvement, we calculate the proportion of wood, board and paper products and build a product database. In 2015, the proportion in Germany amounted to around 84 percent, in the ALDI North Group more than 41 percent.

2014 2015
Total of which FSC® pure of which FSC® mix of which PEFC Total of which FSC® pure of which FSC® mix of which PEFC
Belgium/Luxembourg1,2 24.3 30.6 20.4 49.0 24.8 41.5 12.3 46.2
Denmark 73.4 55.1 23.2 21.7 72.4 32.9 38.2 28.9
Germany 86.3 31.8 35.5 32.7 84.4 34.5 31.1 34.4
France 41.7 30.7 47.7 21.6 41.5 25.8 47.4 26.8
Netherlands 51.8 15.8 36.8 47.4 54.3 20.6 28.6 50.8
Poland 60.4 43.8 15.6 40.6 59.4 47.4 15.8 36.8
Portugal 66.2 40.0 26.7 33.3 60.2 37.5 21.4 41.1
Spain 31.2 41.7 33.3 25.0 42.6 32.6 15.2 52.2
ALDI North Group 39.1 34.1 37.9 28.0 41.3 30.9 36.7 32.4

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
2 Data for 2014 are partly based on extrapolations.

Quality

The number of publically recalled products broken down into food and non-food products

The public recalls in 2015 affected products including deep-frozen strawberries in the food sector, and leather gloves in the non-food sector.

2014 2015
Total Recalls food Recalls non-food Total Recalls food Recalls non-food
Belgium/Luxembourg1 4 4 3 3
Denmark 4 3 1 2 2
Germany 2 2 5 1 4
France 3 3 14 122 2
Netherlands 2 2 2 2
Poland
Portugal
Spain 1 1
ALDI North Group 16 14 2 26 20 6

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
2 Six due to deficiencies relating to labelling requirements.

Number of articles promoted with test results from consumer association Stiftung Warentest or consumer magazine ÖKO-TEST1

Warentest_Oekotest

 

1 It is only possible to label products with test results in Germany and the data therefore only related to Germany.

Customers & Community

EU-Bio-Logo und Fairtrade-Zertifizierung
Number of own-brand products with EU organic logo and number of insourced own-brand products with Fairtrade certification in the product range

20141 2015  
Organic products Fairtrade products Organic products Fairtrade products
Belgium/Luxembourg2 20 3 56 3
Denmark 54 5 86 8
Germany 100 5 125 15
France 31 1 45
Netherlands 33 3 66 37
Poland 5 9 1
Portugal 41 2 60 7
Spain 80 1 105 1
ALDI North Group3 304 14 433 58

1 For the year 2014, data on centrally purchased articles is not available for all countries.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
3 The ALDI buying companies partly insource individual products for several countries, therefore the total number of insourced products may be lower than the total of the breakdowns by country.

Number of products labelled as vegetarian and/or vegan in the product range and proportional breakdown by countries (in percent)

Number of products labelled as vegetarian and/or vegan

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Average number of fruit and vegetable products in the product range

2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 66
Denmark 90
Germany 74
France 65
Netherlands 75
Poland 65
Portugal 85
Spain 120
ALDI North Group (average) 80

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of meat or meat-containing own-brand products labelled with ATC in Germany (in percent)

ATC

Average annual circulation of customer magazines, broken down by magazines

2014 2015
Total ALDI aktuell ALDI Reisen Gourmet Magazin Total ALDI aktuell ALDI Reisen Gourmet Magazin
Belgium/Luxembourg1 4,656,600 4,656,600 4,654,528 4,654,.528
Denmark 1,813,192 1,712,892 100,300 1,625,739 1,525,639 100,100
Germany 43,481,646 22,282,154 1,313,123   19,886,369 43,869,605 22,525,573 1,378,658 19,965,374
France 9,046,333 9,046,333 9,067,031 9,067,031
Netherlands2 6,673,515 5,239,615 1,433,900 7,346,736 5,400,000 1,946,736
Poland 1,359,256 1,359,256 2,266,180 1,794,060 472,120
Portugal 441,273 441,273 441,760 441,760
Spain2 3,483,673 1,883,673 1,600,000 2,789,251 1,081,901 1,707,350
ALDI North Group 70,955,488 46,621,796 1,313,123 23,020,569 72,060,830 46,490,492 1,378,658 24,191,680

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report”).
2 The data on the circulation of the Gourmet Magazin for the Netherlands and Spain relates to themed publications, such as “Fish Week” or the “Christmas Magazine”.

Weight of paper used for the customer magazines (in metric tons)

2014 2015
Total ALDI aktuell ALDI Reisen Gourmet Magazin Total ALDI aktuell ALDI Reisen Gourmet Magazin
Belgium/Luxembourg1 9,756 9,756 10,299 10,299
Denmark 2,544 2,541 3 2,537 2,535 2
Germany 63,017 61,114 739 1,164 65,560 63,299 880 1,381
France 15,637 15,637 16,253 16,253
Netherlands2 8,113 8,093 20 8,635 8,397 238
Poland 2,259 2,259 2,521 2,512 9
Portugal 751 751 810 810
Spain2 6,840 6,822 18 2,769 2,590 179
ALDI North Group 108,917 106,973 739 1,205 109,384 106,695 880 1,809

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
2 The data on the tonnage of the Gourmet Magazin for the Netherlands and Spain relates to themed publications, such as “Fish Week” or the “Christmas Magazine”.

Proportion of stores that donate unsaleable food to charitable institutions to the total number of stores (in percent)

2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 100.0 100.0
Denmark 3.6
Germany 89.4 98.1
France
Netherlands
Poland 4.8
Portugal 8.5
Spain 60.4 76.5
ALDI North Group 56.7 61.5

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Employees

Proportion of employees which is covered by the collective bargaining agreements on the reference date 31 December (in percent)

2015
ALDI North Group1 99.3

1 The proportion of employees was calculated excluding Poland because no collective bargaining agreements have been concluded there.

Proportion of female employees in management positions on the reference date 31 December (in percent)

2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 24.9
Denmark 20.2
Germany 24.6
France 17.5
Netherlands 15.1
Poland 38.6
Portugal 43.2
Spain 34.8
ALDI North Group 23.8

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Number of employees by field of work and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

 2014 2015
ALDI North Group ALDI North Group of which female1
Sale 43,182 46,708 36,146
Warehouse 4,400 4,604 1,183
Vehicle fleet 2,494 2,490 39
Office 1,970 2,215 1,950
Upper management 576 577 122
Lower management 1,146 1,043 284
Other2 525 542 33

1 A breakdown by gender is only possible from 2015.
2 This category also includes employees released for the works council and maintenance staff.

Proportion of employees by age groups on the reference date 31 December (in percent)

Employees by age groups

Proportion of employees with disabilities on the reference date 31 December (in percent)

2014 2015
Proportion of employees with disabilities 1.8 1.7

Sick leave with continued payment of wage (in percent)

2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 4.3 4.5
Denmark 4.3 4.1
Germany 3.8 3.8
France 5.6 5.5
Netherlands 3.8 4.1
Poland 2.9 2.6
Portugal2 n/a n/a
Spain 1.2 2.9
ALDI North Group 3.7 3.9

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).
2 No paid sick leave in Portugal (n/a = not applicable).

Number of employees by employment type and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

  2014

2015

Full-time Part-time Full-time of which female1 Part-time of which female1
Belgium/Luxembourg2 1,997 4,119 2,021 877 4,235 3,575
Denmark 1,059 926 1,048 468 989 583
Germany 7,646 21,922 7,267 3,125 24,162 19,396
France 4,794 2,153 5,184 2,504 2,236 2,029
Netherlands 1,645 4,214 1,639 324 4,652 3,569
Poland 272 599 473 337 687 665
Portugal 161 323 230 94 383 322
Spain 1,033 1,430 1,220 611 1,753 1,278
ALDI North Group 18,607 35,686 19,082 8,340 39,097 31,417

1 A breakdown by gender is only possible from 2015.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Average length of service with the company (in years)

2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 11 12
Denmark 4 4
Germany 10 10
France 6 6
Netherlands 10 10
Poland 4 3
Portugal 3 3
Spain 4 3
ALDI North Group 7 6

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of employees by employment contract and gender on the reference date 31 December (in percent)

2015
temporary of which female permanent of which female
Belgium/Luxembourg1 9.6 64.3 90.4 68.2
Denmark 1.5 65.5 98.5 51.9
Germany 15.5 67.1 84.5 72.1
France 10.8 62.8 89.2 64.3
Netherlands 32.8 59.7 67.2 63.6
Poland 61.1 86.6 38.9 85.0
Portugal 58.0 69.9 42.0 69.1
Spain 4.9 51.4 95.1 63.3
ALDI North Group 16.5 66.3 83.5 68.7

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Number of apprentices and twin-track degree students on the reference date 31 December

The vocational training model based on the German pattern is not used in all countries and the data on the number of apprentices are therefore restricted to the countries of Denmark, Germany and France. The system used in the Netherlands and Spain is not currently included in recording the performance indicators because the vocational training models are not identical. In Germany, a twin-track degree course with in-service training is also offered.

2014 2015
Apprentices Twin-track students Apprentices Twin-track students
Denmark 54 53
Germany 2,330 117 2,014 92
France 187 241
Total 2,571 117 2,308 92

Locations

Direct energy consumption in buildings and logistics by energy sources (in MWh)1

The biggest part of direct energy consumption is attributable to the use of natural gas for heat generation, and to diesel used as a fuel in logistics. Total consumption increased slightly compared with 2014. This is mainly due to increased consumption of natural gas as a result of a colder winter in some countries and the expansion of sites.

  2014 2015  
Belgium/Luxembourg2 99,607 109,350
Denmark 18,309 19,783
Germany 370,237 385,846
France 142,110 144,412
Netherlands 76,905 80,119
Poland 9,092 12,896
Portugal 989 1,013
Spain 4,199 4,171
ALDI North Group 721,448 757,590

1 The data are partly based on estimates and extrapolations.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Direct energy consumption by source 2015

Natural gas 409,455
Heating oil 26,672
Biogas 154
Diesel (incl. diesel generators) 320,808
Petrol 67
Liquid petroleum gas (LPG) 434

Electricity and district heating consumption (in MWh)1

Electricity consumption at nearly 923 GWh is responsible for the biggest proportion of energy consumption at our locations. An increase of around three percent meant that consumption only underwent a marginal increase compared with the previous year. The increase is due to a number of factors including longer operating times at the Dutch logistics and administrative sites, and the installation of additional freezers and baking ovens at stores in Spain.

2014 2015
Total Electricity District heating Total Electricity District heating
Belgium/Luxembourg2 87,581
87,581 87,895
87,895
Denmark 49,605
38,758
10,847
48,751
39,659
9,092
Germany 456,809
441,748
15,061
443,473 429,008
14,465
France 157,429
157,429
178,092
178,092
Netherlands  75,566
74,831
735
79,138 78,119 1,019
Poland 13,671
12,444
1,227
17,394
16,110
1,284
Portugal 12,479
12,479
14,113
14,113
Spain 67,928
67,928
79,694
79,694
ALDI North Group 921,068
893,198
27,870
948,550
922,690
25,860

1 The data are partly based on estimates and extrapolations.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally idenpendent companies (see “About this Report“).

Greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1 and 2 (in metric tons of CO2 equivalents)

Greenhouse gas emissions were calculated on the basis of energy and fuel consumption, and refrigerant losses. The calculation is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol using the DEFRA emission factors 2015 or GEMIS 2015 for emissions from the sourcing of district heating. The specific emission factor of the energy supplier was used for emissions from electricity consumption in Germany. The total amount is comprised of direct (Scope 1) and indirect emissions (Scope 2). While the Scope 2 emissions fell back slightly on account of reduced emission factors, direct emissions went up slightly. The reasons include the more comprehensive database on emissions from refrigerant losses in 2015 compared with 2014. There was also an increase in the consumption of natural gas which led to an increase in Scope 1 emissions.

2014 2015
Total Scope 11 Scope 22 Total Scope 11 Scope 22
Belgium/Luxembourg3 55,209 37,536 17,673 68,806 51,585 17,221
Denmark 23,509 9,963 13,546 23,601 10,862 12,739
Germany 381,697 113,483 268,214 377,082 118,004 259,078
France 77,520 67,917 9,603 79,299 68,856 10,443
Netherlands 74,042 46,780 27,262 58,727 30,671 28,056
Poland 12,308 2,174 10,134 32,112 19,196 12,916
Portugal 5,163 1,382 3,781 5,512 1,529 3,983
Spain 25,344 5,596 19,748 35,225 12,237 22,988
ALDI North Group 654,792 284,831 369,961 680,364 312,940 367,424

1 Scope 1: Emissions from direct energy consumption in buildings, fuel consumption for logistics and refrigerant losses.
2 Scope 2: Emissions from electricity and district heating consumption.
3 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Total amount of greenhouse gas emissions for Scope 1 and 2 proportionately by sources (in percent)
thg_emissionen_kreis_en4

Installed output of photovoltaic systems (in kWp)

2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg1 181 438
Denmark 25 35
Germany 6,745 11,432
France
Netherlands 111
Poland
Portugal 866
Spain 73 732
ALDI North Group 7,024 13,614

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Electricity generated from photovoltaic systems and own consumption (in MWh)

2014 2015  
Generated electricity Own consumption Generated electricity Own consumption
Belgium/Luxembourg1 38 37 275 205
Denmark 10 10
Germany 3,744 2,194 7,093 4,383
France
Netherlands 190 166
Poland
Portugal 25 25
Spain 73 65 205 174
ALDI North Group 3,855 2,296 7,798 4,963

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Number of vehicles on the reference date 31 December by type of vehicle

2014 2015
Number of trucks Number of cars Other vehicles1 Number of trucks Number of cars Other vehicles1
Belgium/Luxembourg2 213 180 7 217 185 8
Denmark 55 86 5 56 89 5
Germany 914 850 73 909 909 74
France 236 310 27 238 314 23
Netherlands 201 184 8 200 188 8
Poland 65 2 64 2
Portugal 37 1 41 1
Spain 144 159
ALDI North Group 1,619 1,856 123 1,620 1,949 121

1 These include industrial trucks (forklift trucks) and vehicles with LPG drives.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Fuel consumption of trucks, cars and other vehicles (in litres or kilograms of LPG)

2014 2015
Diesel1 (l) Petrol (l) LPG (kg) Diesel1 (l) Petrol (l) LPG (kg)
Belgium/Luxembourg2 3,991,141 4,215,607
Denmark 1,428,007 304 924 1,513,990 913
Germany 16,346,023 9,856 20,435 16,335,662 7,368 21,365
France 5,640,054 10,498 5,858,537 9,737
Netherlands 3,553,070 3,575,724
Poland 148,367 781 144,629 1,386
Portugal 98,623 400 100,883 600
Spain 406,376 404,581
ALDI North Group 31,611,661 10,160 33,038 32,149,613 7,368 34,001

1 Including consumption of heating oil for operation of cooling motors (outside Germany).
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Amounts of waste in Germany proportionately by the type of disposal (in percent)1

The recycling rate of 98.4 percent was calculated excluding landfill and mass incineration.

abfallmengen_kreis_en4

1 Allocation to types of disposal is based partly on estimates or extrapolations.
2 Including incineration for energy recovery.

Amount of waste by type of waste (in metric tons)1

The amount of waste in Germany essentially remained constant compared with 2014. The biggest proportion of the waste generated was attributable to packaging waste. Hazardous waste amounting to 493 metric tons only made up 0.3 percent of the total volume of waste. This includes used oil, oil filters, vehicle batteries and fluorescent tubes which contain mercury. The scope of data capture is to be expanded for the next sustainability report to other countries where the ALDI North Group is operating.

2014 2015
Germany Germany
Hazardous waste 490 493
Paper/board/card 426 432
Residential waste2 20,006 22,129
Waste from the manufacture and processing of food3 6,859 8,173
Packaging waste 156,461 156,658
    of which foil/plastics 3,966 4,063
    of which board/paper 121,024 121,331
    of which PET 31,471 31,264
Used equipment 39 70
Total amount of waste 184,281 187,955

1 The data include extrapolations.
2 Industrial waste. This includes “residual waste”, packed food, bulky waste, wood and metal scrap.
3 This includes waste from canteen operation and bake-off goods.

Number of bags provided by type (in thousands)

2014
Shopping bags Long-life shopping bags Cooling bags Bakery product bags String net bags
Belgium/Luxembourg1 9,137 433 314
Denmark 6,199 95 55 14,048 3,584
Germany 47,371 1,036 837 109,632 147,711
France 11,306 553 817 23,266 5,600
Netherlands 7,138 432 191
Poland 1,809    – 20,365
Portugal 3,447 105 11 2,562 8,448
Spain 9,079 242 46 22,258
ALDI North Group 95,486 2,896 2,271 171,766 185,708

 

2015
Shopping bags Long-life shopping bags Cooling bags Bakery product bags String net bags
Belgium/Luxembourg1 8,729 963 310 7,615
Denmark 6,459 79 48 14,473 3,678
Germany 46,627 1,753 878 118,652 184,744
France 9,813 2,345 844 46,265 10,500
Netherlands 6,392 465 192
Poland 2,202 39 25,760
Portugal 1,725 157 11 2,373 10,206
Spain 9,079 216 46 23,160
ALDI North Group 91,026 6,017 2,329 212,538 234,888

1 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Weight of materials used for primary packaging (in metric tons)1, 2

2014 2015
Total Wood, board, paper Plastics Other Total Wood, board, paper Plastics Other
Belgium/Luxembourg3 103,862 21,769 32,260 49,833 106,850 22,418 33,356 51,076
Denmark 4,606 863 1,204 2,539 5,000 882 1,323 2,795
Germany 610,449 85,166 175,408 349,875 584,192 83,163 177,909 323,120
France 17,623 2,127 3,336 12,160 15,002 2,431 3,004 9,567
Netherlands 98,970 11,660 22,169 65,141 97,233 12,368 22,747 62,118
Poland 7,873 2,874 1,672 3,327 8,658 2,715 2,066 3,877
Portugal 1,228 226 295 707 2,075 506 558 1,011
Spain 15,514 1,464 5,522 8,528 20,125 4,857 6,354 8,914
ALDI North Group 860,125 126,149 241,866 492,110 839,135 129,340 247,317 462,478

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 No data are provided on products which were sourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The quantities specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
3 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report”).

Weight of materials used for secondary packaging (in metric tons)1, 2

2014 2015
Total Wood, board, paper Plastics Other Total Wood, board, paper Plastics Other
Belgium/Luxembourg3 29,312 28,560   722   30   17,666   17,005   661  
Denmark 756   739   12   5   717   704   10   3  
Germany 153,942   146,200   4,786   2,956   155,262   147,096   4,755   3,411  
France 4,116   4,038   59   19   3,154   3,058   86   10  
Netherlands 27,411   26,737   610   64   26,133   25,508   622   3  
Poland 267   260   7   284   280   4  
Portugal 330   306   24   447   401   44   2  
Spain 9,751   8,339   993   419   12,037   10,707   1,147   183  
ALDI North Group 225,885   215,179   7,213   3,493   215,700   204,759   7,329   3,612  

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 No data are provided on products which were sourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The quantities specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
3 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Proportion of own-brand products in which primary packaging was manufactured with resources from FSC® or PEFC-certified forests, broken down by certification type (in percent)1, 2, 4

2014 2015
Total of which pure FSC® of which FSC® mix of which PEFC Total of which pure FSC® of which FSC® mix of which PEFC
Belgium/Luxembourg5 2.6 100.0 2.3 100.0
Denmark 19.4 8.3 83.4 8.3 18.3 90.9 9.1
Germany 18.4 6.8 71.2 37.9 22.5 6.1 80.7 30.9
France 19.5 100.0 27.3 100.0
Netherlands3 52.1 10.5 80.3 9.2 51.1 11.2 83.8 5.0
Poland 9.5 100.0 8.6 100.0
Portugal 13.5 100.0 14.9 100.0 12.5
Spain 7.2 16.0 78.7 5.3 9.1 17.8 75.9 6.3
ALDI North Group 11.6 7.2 77.1 26.2 13.9 6.6 80.8 21.9

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 Products which are certified with several seals are listed in the breakdown under all the affected categories, but only as one product in the total number. The total for the breakdowns may therefore be more than 100 percent.
3 The proportions for the Netherlands were calculated on the basis of weight data since more precise values were available for this. On account of the differences in methodology, the values were not included in the calculation of the group-wide value.
4 Without data on products which were insourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The amounts specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
5 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see „About this Report“).

Proportion of insourced own-brand products in which secondary packaging was manufactured with resources from FSC® or PEFC-certified forests, broken down by certification type (in percent)1, 2, 4

2014 2015
Total of which pure FSC® of which FSC® mix of which PEFC Total of which pure FSC® of which FSC® mix of which PEFC
Belgium/Luxembourg5 2.8 92.9 7.1 3.3 94.1 5.9
Denmark 13.0 100.0 30.0 21.5 100.0 17.6
Germany 26.4 4.3 98.5 12.3 29.0 3.4 99.0 14.2
France 12.9 100.0 16.0 100.0
Netherlands3 12.2 53.9 44.1 2.0 45.7 6.1 93.9
Poland 14.5 100.0 15.0 100.0
Portugal 17.1 100.0 8.3 17.4 100.0 8.3
Spain 20.5 14.3 66.0 19.7 17.7 17.9 65.8 16.3
ALDI North Group 19.8 6.4 89.4 14.5 20.7 6.3 90.0 14.0

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 Products which are certified with several seals are listed in the breakdown under all the affected categories, but only as one product in the total number. The total for the breakdowns may therefore be more than 100 percent.
3 The proportions for the Netherlands were calculated on the basis of weight data since more precise values were available for this. On account of the differences in methodology, the values were not included in the calculation of the group-wide value.
4 Without data on products which were insourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The amounts specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
5 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see „About this Report“).

The proportion of own-brand products with wood, board or paper in the primary packaging which was manufactured with recycled materials broken down by certification type (in percent)1, 2 ,4

2014 2015
Total of which Blue Angel of which FSC® recycled of which PEFC recycled of which without labelling Total of which Blue Angel of which FSC® recycled of which PEFC recycled of which without labelling
Belgium/Luxembourg5 0.9 25.0 25.0 100.0 0.6 33.3 33.3 33.3 66.7
Denmark 1.6 100.0 5.0 66.7 33.3
Germany 7.4 5.7 18.9 7.5 86.8 8.5 6.5 17.7 83.9
France 7.3 33.3 100.0 11.4 20.0 20.0 80.0
Netherlands3 25.7 0.7 1.4 100.0 20.2 0.1 0.1 0.1 99.9
Poland 0.6 100.0 100.0 4.9 12.5 87.5 12.5
Portugal 5.6 66.7 33.3
Spain 8.1 96.7 62.6 3.3 9.9 97.5 56.5 2.5
ALDI North Group 5.6 6.2 40.8 26.9 62.4 7.0 5.6 48.6 19.5 52.2

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 Products which are certified with several seals are listed in the breakdown under all the affected categories, but only as one product in the total number. The total for the breakdowns may therefore be more than 100 percent.
3 The proportions for the Netherlands were calculated on the basis of weight data since more precise values were available for this. On account of the differences in methodology, the values were not included in the calculation of the group-wide value.
4 Without data on products which were insourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The amounts specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
5 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

The proportion of own-brand products with wood, board or paper in the primary packaging which was manufactured with recycled materials broken down by certification type (in percent)1 ,2, 4

2014 2015
Total of which Blue Angel of which FSC® recycled of which PEFC recycled of which without labelling Total of which Blue Angel of which FSC® recycled of which PEFC recycled of which without labelling
Belgium/Luxembourg5 7.0 2.9 45.7 60.0 7.2 2.7 48.6 59.5
Denmark 46.8 44.4 61.1 39.2 38.7 67.7
Germany 25.3 0.8 33.7 0.4 70.3 25.1 0.8 37.1 0.4 66.0
France 42.9 20.0 83.3 42.7 28.1 75.0
Netherlands3 77.7 0.2 5.3 94.7 24.0 0.05 47.1 0.05 52.8
Poland 50.0 3.2 51.6 51.6 46.7 3.6 39.3 71.4
Portugal 45.7 40.6 65.6 40.6 39.3 71.4
Spain 19.4 77.0 23.2 19.9 17.5 75.3 32.0 21.6
ALDI North Group 20.0 1.2 50.8 6.0 50.8 19.2 1.2 51.4 8.2 49.1

1 Some of the data are based on extrapolations.
2 Products which are certified with several seals are listed in the breakdown under all the affected categories, but only as one product in the total number. The total for the breakdowns may therefore be more than 100 percent.
3 The proportions for the Netherlands were calculated on the basis of weight data since more precise values were available for this. On account of differences in methodology, the values were not included in the calculation of the group-wide value.
4 Without data on products which were insourced nationally from Denmark, France and Portugal. The amounts specified for these countries were insourced centrally through Germany. Primary and secondary packaging were recorded together as primary packaging for products insourced from Poland.
5 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

Water consumption (in cubic metres)1

Water consumption increased slightly compared with 2014 with a rise of seven percent. This development is mainly due to an increase in consumption at our retail outlets (including as a result of leakages) and the occupation of new locations – for example by the expansion of our administrative sites in Germany.

  2014 2015
Belgium/Luxembourg2 51,981 48,506
Denmark 11,747 14,228
Germany 206,725 210,353
France 124,407 135,945
Netherlands 37,465 40,860
Poland 9,105 13,092
Portugal 20,330 19,469
Spain 51,234 65,883
ALDI North Group 512,994 548,336

1 Some of the data are based on estimates and extrapolations.
2 ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg are legally independent companies (see “About this Report“).

GRI Content Index

GRI Materiality Disclosures Service

The Sustainability Report 2015 of the ALDI North Group was prepared on the basis of the globally recognised guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The report was drawn up in compliance with the “In accordance” (“Core” option) of the new GRI Guidelines G4 including the “GRI Food Processing Sector Supplement”. The GRI confirmed the correct positioning of the General Standard Disclosures G4-17 to G4-27 with the GRI Materiality Disclosures Service.

General Standard Disclosures

Strategy and analysis

Organisational profile

ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG

About this Report

Essen, Germany

About this Report

Information on total capitalisation is treated as confidential. No disclosure is therefore made beyond the statutory requirements.

At a glance: ALDI North Group
Net sales of the ALDI North Group
Key figure: Euro-pallet spaces

At the ALDI North Group no substantial portion of the organisation’s work is performed by workers who are legally recognised as self-employed.

The ALDI North Group strives to achieve long-term employment relationships. There are no seasonal variations in employment.

Key figure: Proportion of employees by employment contract (temporary/permanent) and gender
Key figure: Number of employees by employment type (full-time/part-time) and gender
Key figure: Proportion of employees by job category and gender
Key figure: Proportion of employees by employment type
Key figure: Number of employees by gender and region

We strive to build long-standing partnerships with our suppliers and we have a large base of suppliers. There are no substantial changes in the relationships with our suppliers.

Decentralised organisational structures
Our purchasing policies are a commitment to sustainability
Key figure: Stores and employees

Identified material aspects and boundaries

The publisher of the report is ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG, Essen. The legally independent companies of the ALDI North Group (no group of consolidated companies) prepared their own financial statements.

About this Report

first report

first report

Stakeholder engagement

Report profile

This report is the first sustainability report of the ALDI North Group and it was published in July 2016.

Every two years. The next report is planned for publication in 2018.

About this Report

ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHG engaged independent audit firm Flottmeyer • Steghaus + Partner with the limited assurance engagement of selected content and performance indicators.

About this Report
Independent assurance report

Governance

Ethics and integrity

Specific Standard Disclosures

Environmental

The ALDI North Group is operating in retail. Manufacture and packaging is carried out almost exclusively by suppliers. We cooperate with them on sustainable sourcing of resources.

Our customer magazines cause a direct consumption of paper. Since 2012, ALDI aktuell has been printed in all the countries where the ALDI North Group is operating on FSC®-certified paper. In Germany, the paper is also certified with the Blue Angel.

The bags sold to our customers also involve a high level of material consumption. Since 2014, an environmentally friendly long-life shopping bag has complemented our range of bags.

Key figure: FSC® and PEFC-certified primary packaging
Key figure: FSC® und PEFC-certified secondary packaging
Key figure: Number of bags provided
Key figure: Materials used for primary packaging
Key figure: Materials used for secondary packaging
Key figure: Primary packaging manufactured from recycled materials
Key figure: Secondary packaging manufactured from recycled materials
Key figure: Tonnage of the customer magazine
Key figure: Proportion of insourced certified sustainable fish products
Key figure: Proportion of KAT-certified shell eggs
Key figure: Proportion of certified palm oil
Key figure: Proportion of certified products containing cocoa
Key figure: Proportion of insourced certified and verified sustainable coffee
Key figure: Proportion of insourced products with FSC® or PEFC-certified resources
Key figure: Proportion of insourced certified sustainable tea

The calculation of energy consumption values was based on the conversion factors recommended by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control for carrying out energy audits.

We present the values for energy consumption in the unit of megawatt hour (MWh) which is more useful to us. One megawatt hour is equivalent to 3.6 gigajoules (GJ).

Key figure: Fuel consumption
Key figure: Indirect energy consumption
Key figure: Installed output of photovoltaic plants and own generation in MWh
On the journey to climate friendly transport logistics
Key figure: Direct energy consumption  

In conformity with the DECC/DEFRA emission factors used, CH4 and N2O were included in the calculation alongside CO2.

Emissions as a result of coolant losses continued to be calculated in accordance with the requirements of the “Regulation on fluorinated Gases” for all coolants used and in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Sector Guidance 1.0 (2005).

The selected methodology for calculation of CO2 emissions (Operational Control) is based on the globally accredited WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (Revised Edition 2013).

Key figure: Greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1 and 2 in metric tons of CO2 equivalents
Key figure: Greenhouse gas emissions Scope 1 and 2 by sources
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The disposal was partly determined directly by the ALDI North Group and the information was partly provided by disposal service providers. The residential waste was assigned to the disposal types on the basis of statistical data for recovery of residential waste in Germany (Eurostat 2015).

The disposal methods of deep well injection and on-site storage are not applied.

Key figure: Amount of waste by type of waste in metric tons
Key figure: Amounts of waste by methods of disposal

The significant portion of the environmental impacts is caused by emissions that occur during transportation of products and other goods to our stores. We have concentrated on this significant aspect in the first sustainability report of the ALDI North Group. The consumption of the business car fleet and the resulting emissions were also recorded.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting resources
Systematically incorporating specialist expertise
On the journey to climate friendly transport logistics
Key figure: Direct energy consumption in buildings and the logistics by energy sources
Key figure: Number of vehicles by type of vehicle
Key figure: Fuel consumption by vehicles
Key figure: Distance between a distribution centre and a store
Focusing on the essentials
Reporting limits

Our purchasing policies for specific resources and other binding regulations apply uniformly for existing and new suppliers.

We create maximum transparency as a result of the use of externally acknowledged certification systems. Depending on certification, the focus is directed more strongly on reviewing and improving social practices or environmental components.

The ALDI North Group is actively committed to initiatives like the BSCI for improvements in the supply chain.

See also aspect: Supplier assessment for labour practices – Management approach.

Responsibility in the core business
Joint commitment for sustainability and quality
Defining clear requirements and checking compliance
Our purchasing policies are a commitment to sustainability
The most important resources in focus
Fish and seafood: protecting stock and the environment, labelling products transparently
Animal Welfare Initiative
Palm oil: conversion of the standard product range to certified sources
Cocoa: improving the framework conditions for small farmers and ecosystems
Coffee : International Purchasing Policy for Sustainable Coffee being prepared
Fairtrade: promoting social and environmental standards in the sourcing of resources
Wood, board and paper: transparent procurement sources thanks to acknowledged certificates
Cotton: steps towards sustainable improvement
Detox: environmental production standards for textile and footwear production
On-site presence: further development of cooperation with suppliers in Asia
Textile Partnership: addressing challenges together
Product and supplier selection: stringent standards demand high quality
Manufacture: local checks provide security

Labour practices and decent work

The information is currently not available. Disclosure of the relevant information is planned in future reports when a valid database is available.

Key figure: Number of apprentices and students pursuing a twin-track degree course with in-service training
Key figure in the text: Subsequent employment of apprentices

In the reporting year, the executive management of ALDI Buying was made up of five managing directors. None the managing directors was a woman. Five out of five of the managing directors were between 30 and 50 years old.

We report the percentage of female employees in accordance with region, area of work (sales, warehouse, fleet, office, and senior and junior management) and management position. Reporting by age groups, nationalities and employees with disability is carried out without further breakdown because we do not believe this is appropriate at present.

Key figure: Number of employees by job category and gender
Key figure: Proportion of women in management positions
Key figure: Proportion of employees with disabilities
Key figure: Employees by age groups

Our resource specific purchasing policies, the Social Compliance Programme and other binding regulations are equally applicable for existing and new suppliers.

We create maximum transparency by using external certification systems. According to the certification, the focus is either on the review and improvement of practices or environmental components.

Example: All eleven central principles are anchored in the BSCI Code of Conduct: the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining negotiations, no discrimination, fair remuneration, decent working hours, occupational health and safety, no child labour, special protection for young workers, no precarious employment and no bonded labour, protection of the environment and ethical business behaviour.

Responsibility in the core business
Joint commitment for sustainability and quality
Defining clear requirements and checking compliance
Our purchasing policies are a commitment to sustainability
Palm oil: conversion of the standard product range to certified sources
Cocoa: improving the framework conditions for small farmers and ecosystems
PRO-PLANTEURS supports cocoa farmers
Coffee: International Purchasing Policy for Sustainable Coffee being prepared
Fairtrade: promoting social and environmental standards in the sourcing of resources
Fruit and vegetables: creating a broadly based awareness for social standards
For better working conditions in the supply chain
The role of the BSCI for the Non-Food Social Compliance Programme
Non-Food Social Compliance Programme
Clearly defined requirements for our suppliers
Improving building safety for textile production in Bangladesh
On-site presence: further development of cooperation with suppliers in Asia
Engaging in dialogue for improved framework conditions: ALDI Factory Advancement Project
Textile Partnership: addressing challenges together

Human rights

 

Our suppliers are contractually required to comply with the BSCI Code of Conduct. This is based on important international labour standards including the core conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The BSCI Audit did not report any notifications relating to the breach of the right to freedom of association and to collective bargaining negotiations. We are supporting our suppliers and their production facilities in Asia through our newly established company ALDI CR Support Asia based in Hong Kong. This company provides direct local assistance and has been giving strategic support to production facilities in Bangladesh through the ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project.

On account of the serious fires and building collapses over recent years, production facilities for clothing and home textiles in Bangladesh are currently subject to particular scrutiny. Furthermore, there are more frequent breaches of the BSCI Code of Conduct in Bangladesh by comparison with other countries. These reasons mean that additional requirements are placed on suppliers operating there, which extend beyond the obligations of the BSCI. They are monitored under the Social Compliance Programme.

For better working conditions in the supply chain
The role of the BSCI for the Non-Food Social Compliance Programme

 

We have made compliance with the BSCI Code of Conduct, which is based on important international labour standards including the core conventions of the ILO and the United Nations (UN) Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, a contractual requirement with our suppliers. Compliance with the Code is monitored and assessed by means of audits. The newly established CR Unit in Hong Kong provides local support for suppliers. The primary function of this support is to carry out visits to production facilities together with our suppliers.

At the moment, we do not publish any figures relating to our suppliers for competitive reasons. We strive to work closely together with our suppliers in a partnership of trust and if possible over the long term. If production facilities receive poor assessments, for example if defects are identified in the course of audits, the suppliers must ensure that action plans are worked out for any necessary improvements and problems in the production facilities are remedied. The procedure to be adopted if breaches of the SC Programme are identified has been defined in writing and clearly communicated. During the course of the reporting period, no business relationships were terminated on account of substantial actual and potential breaches of human rights.

See also G4-HR4.

Key figure: Auditing rate

Society

In the reporting year 2015 there were no incidents of anti-competitive conduct or breaches of monopoly practices. However, a proceeding pending since 2010 was brought to a close.

Product responsibility

The ALDI North Group labels products in compliance with the statutory requirements relating to use (for example use-by date, instructions on use, user information), source and composition, and it also uses other forms of identification including seals which make the various sustainability aspects transparent for customers.

Labelling for the source of components is not a mandatory obligation. However, in the case of some products, for example beef, this is required under statutory regulations. In some product groups, for example meat and products containing meat, the manufacturer must be specified in accordance with internal requirements (labelling with ALDI Transparency Code – ATC). Details of the manufacturer must be provided for all products (food and non-food).

The focus is on our customers
From organic to fair: sustainable product alternatives
Vegetarian and vegan products are easy to recognise
GM technology: seal provides security
Clean label highlights the absence of additives
Healthier product combinations
ATC creates transparency about origin
Product and supplier selection: stringent standards demand high quality
Key figure: Proportion of products with ATC

Food Processing Sector Disclosures

The area of transport, handling and slaughter of live animals is the responsibility of our suppliers. They are contractually required to meet specific standards and to comply with our purchasing policies. We do not have any information relating to breaches.

CR Programme

Objective Target date Target value Target relevance
All production facilities located in BSCI risk countries, which manufacture non-food own-brand products for the ALDI North Group, have a valid and adequate social audit (Business Social Compliance Initiative – BSCI) 2019 100 % ALDI North Group
Integration of selected production facilities for non-food own-brand products into the qualification programme ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project for improving the working conditions by means of dialogue promotion between workers and managers in Bangladesh Ongoing Continuation and expansion ALDI NORTH GROUP
Establishment and management of a dedicated inspection process in Asia 2017 Completion of the testing process and implementation of the inspections ALDI NORTH GROUP
Provision of verification for a social evaluation (GRASP or comparable) of all producers (growers) of fruit and vegetables 2018 100 % ALDI NORTH GROUP
Ban on specific groups of substances in the manufacture of own-brand products in the product groups of clothing, home textiles and footwear (ALDI Detox Commitment) 2020 100 % ALDI NORTH GROUP
Preparation and publication of an International Cotton Purchasing Policy 2017 Purchasing policy ALDI NORTH GROUP
Preparation and publication of an International Coffee Purchasing Policy 2016 Purchasing policy ALDI NORTH GROUP
Preparation and publication of an International Wood, Board, Paper Purchasing Policy 2017 Purchasing policy ALDI NORTH GROUP
Conversion to 100 percent physically RSPO-certified palm oil for own-brand food products containing palm oil (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO) 2018 100 % ALDI NORTH GROUP
Expansion of the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC) to include own-brand products in the standard and special-buy product range in two additional product groups, including fish and products containing fish, alongside meat products 2016 Two additional product groups Germany
Conversion to certified resources (UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade) for own-brand products with a substantial proportion of cocoa in the standard and special-buy product range within the defined scope of application1 2017 100 % ALDI NORTH GROUP

1The scope of application comprises all own-brand products containing cocoa in the product ranges confectionery (sweet bakery products, pralines, chocolate, seasonal products), cereals and ice cream, and other own-brand products with significant cocoa content (for example spreads, chocolate coatings). Special-buy products with cocoa content are also being converted completely to sustainably certified quality standards.

Objective Target date Target value Target relevance
Introduction of LED lighting in all new stores (interior and outdoor lighting), and review of conversion of existing stores in the portfolio and distribution centres to LED lighting 2019 (and ongoing) 100 % ALDI North Group
Increasing the proportion of stores which are equipped with photovoltaic systems Ongoing Continuation and expansion ALDI North Group
Development of a concept for recording, analysing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions 2017 Concept ALDI North Group
Development of a concept for introduction of an energy monitoring and management system 2017 Concept ALDI North Group
Increasing the own-use rate for the energy generated in-house by photovoltaic systems at stores by combination with concepts for integrated cooling and heating plants, and demand-led alignment of the photovoltaic systems Ongoing Continuation and expansion Germany
Review of alternative drive concepts for use in logistics processes 2017 Review Germany
Introduction of a nationwide, digitised monitoring system for cooling systems, in order to achieve emission reductions by optimised leakage rates and/or more environmentally benign refrigerant Ongoing 100 % Germany
Gradual conversion of all plug-in chillers and freezers to the refrigerant propane (R290) with very low Global Warming Potential (GWP) Ongoing 100 % Germany
Review of the introduction of alternative, more sustainable carrier-bag concepts 2016 Review Germany
Objective Target date Target value Target relevance
Development of pilot projects for sustainable consumption 2018 Project Germany
Introduction of a guideline for dealing with food that is no longer saleable in the stores  2017 Preparation and introduction ALDI North Group
Expansion of the dialogue with major stakeholder groups Ongoing Participation in sector initiatives ALDI North Group

The ALDI brand stands for successful discount retailing. The brand is used by the ALDI North Group and the ALDI SOUTH Group which have family ties. ALDI Buying is the owner of the ALDI brand at the ALDI North Group.

reviewed contents 2015