From the Ruhr valley to Europe
[GRI 102-4, -6] The ALDI brand is an unrivalled hallmark for the success of the discount principle. Our story starts in the Schonnebeck neighbourhood of the German city of Essen. Over the decades, a small food store grew into the ALDI North Group, which is represented in a total of nine European countries with more than 70 legally independent regional companies. All of them aim to set benchmarks in terms of price and quality while also meeting our customers’ expectations when it comes to sustainability. The ALDI North Group’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Policy and the CR Programme apply throughout the entire Group. In each country, the ALDI companies choose different focal points. Click on the map or the menu to find out more about our national CR activities and flagship projects.
Fair-trade products at an affordable price? We have been offering precisely that to millions of customers for many years. We have now been honoured for our long-standing commitment to fair trade by the organisation TransFair.
The trust of our customers is our most valuable asset. That is why we listen carefully to what they want. For more than 100 years, we have consistently and systematically tailored our products and services towards the demands of our customers.
This Interim Report 2018 and the Update 2018 also serve as Communication on Progress (COP)/Progress Report of the ALDI Nord Group within the framework of the United Nations Global Compact.
We take responsibility for the protection of our environment and its natural resources. As a retailer, reducing waste and dedicating ourselves to fighting food losses play a central role.
Empowering our customers to choose a responsible, affordable and healthy approach to consumption is part of our corporate responsibility (CR) philosophy. Which is why we are continually expanding our range of more sustainable products.
There is much more to an organic product than the little green-and-white logo. Above all, it comes down to the passionate commitment of producers and suppliers for high-quality food cultivated in an environmentally friendly way.
Our seasonal and regional product range played an essential role in our offerings. Our responsibility for these products stretches from the warehouse to the point of sale and beyond, including the more sustainable production of resources throughout the value chain.
Climate change concerns everyone, so doing our part to protect the climate is a matter of course to us. A great deal is happening at our stores, because they are where we will be able to save the most CO2.
For many products, packaging is essential for protection and quality assurance. That is why we focus on recyclable materials and, in some cases, on multiple-use systems.