Interim report 2018

Reducing packaging waste, safeguarding
human rights, protecting the climate:
Our current interim report shows the
progress we achieved in 2018.

“A lot is changing at ALDI. But what’s
still the same is quality at ALDI prices –
and shopping with a good conscience.”

ALDI North customer

“I’m proud of the work I do at ALDI.
The change is exciting.”

Alexander Banikov, Store Manager

“ALDI has made tremendous progress in
recent years. But there is still work to be done.”

Mahi Klosterhalfen, Board member, Compassion in World Farming

Highlighted improvements 2018

In 2018, we achieved great progress in our sustainability commitment once again. Apart from a more sustainable structuring of our product ranges, we dedicated our activities particularly to the topics of human rights and climate protection. Selected highlights in 2018 were:


products with EU organic logo – an increase of 28%

The first

human rights policy statement was published for the ALDI North Group


Fairtrade certified own-brand products in our ranges – an increase of 23%


tonnes of CO2 saved by using self-generated electricity. This is an increase of 55% compared to the previous year.

More than 320

ALDI Social Assessments were carried out – an increase of 64%


tonnes of plastic per year by delisting single-use plastic bags

What does ALDI CR-Support in Hong Kong do? Click to find out
Answer With a 14-person team, we take steps right on the ground to ensure better working conditions in our supply chain. Go to the interview with the site manager
Does the perfect apple exist? Click to find out
Answer If so, then our quality experts would certainly know what it is. After all, tastings are an integral part of their job. Follow our experts through their day
What is ANIKo actually? Click to find out
Answer ANIKo is making our stores more modern, brighter and more sustainable. Join us on a tour! Learn more about it!
What makes a banana organic? Click to find out
Answer The deciding factor already comes down to cultivation practices in South America, where the organic banana’s challenging journey begins. Learn more about it!
Animal welfare at a discounter – a contradiction in terms? Click to find out
Answer Not necessarily! We want to see change, which is why we are doing our part for greater animal welfare internationally as well. More about our international efforts
How exactly are the textiles at ALDI made? Click to find out
Answer The life of our garments often begins in a cotton field far away – which is the case for our baby bodysuit. Learn more about the manufacturing process
What is ALDI North doing against food waste? Click to find out
Answer Our fight against food waste starts in Purchasing and Logistics. We also systematically avoid generating food waste at stores. Find out more about our rescue mission
Where do fish fingers come from? Click to find out
Answer From sustainable fishing – just like many other fish products at ALDI North. We are thereby helping to protect fish stocks. Learn more about it!
What will replace the plastic bag? Click to find out
Answer An icon bows out. The new star: our reusable shopping bag. Learn more about it!

Focusing on the essentials

We want our sustainability efforts to have the greatest possible impact. To make sure we are focusing on the right topics in management and reporting, we regularly identify the issues that are material to us. Find out what they are here:

Key topic
More sustainable product range
Key topic
Food losses & other waste
Key topic
Sustainable standards in the non-food supply chain
Key topic
Sustainable food purchasing practices
Key topic
Attractive employer
Data & standards
Performance indicators

Sustainable insights

At a glance

We made tremendous progress with our commitment to sustainability in 2017. For example, customers can choose from a constantly growing selection of sustainable products in our range. Along the supply chain, we continued campaigning for better labour and social standards. An overview:


There are over 69000

ALDI employees, more than 46,000 of whom are women.

Over 27 %

of senior management and 42 per cent of store managers are women.

We have more than 800

products with the EU organic logo.

Around 89 %

of the palm oil used in own-brand products has been certified as sustainable.

Target achieved:

we have developed our own inspection process for production facilities in Asia!

We generated roughly 23000 MWh

of electricity!

Target achieved:

the first International Timber Purchasing Policy was published!

75 %

of stores throughout the Group donated food – almost 10 per cent more than in 2016.

We carried out our first

customer surveys on sustainability in five countries.