Sustainable food for true gourmets: ALDI France
Today, ALDI France operates 888 stores throughout the country. In the land of gourmets, our shelves are stocked with a growing number of sustainable and regional products, plus we are currently hiring at a rapid pace.
ALDI France is growing, our stores are undergoing extensive modernisation, and we are stimulating interest in our products by changing how we communicate with customers. Naturally, all this also entails an increase in headcount. In 2017, we welcomed some 3,000 new employees. We make targeted efforts to promote their growth and the development of experienced staff, plus we give them opportunities for advancement. We offer our customers in France many high-quality items and a constantly growing number of sustainable products. To do so, we demand particularly strict standards from our suppliers and go beyond the legal requirements in the process. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we support organisations such as BEE FRIENDLY in France. The alliance works to promote agricultural practices designed to prevent colony collapse disorder. In 2017, we also participated in Think Fish Week (Semaine de la pêche responsable), which was spearheaded by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). We informed customers and employees about the importance of sustainable fishing and responsible aquaculture in our customer magazine. Moreover, we expanded our organic product range from 45 to 60 items in 2017. Under the new own brand BON & VÉG, we offer vegetarian and vegan products. Regional products also play an ever larger role in France, with 98 per cent of our fresh and frozen meat already sourced from French farms. In addition, we offer typical regional specialities in France under the Pays Gourmand own brand.
In 2017, some 7 per cent of ALDI employees in France received a promotion, demonstrating that ALDI France provides advancement opportunities and values the experience of its employees highly.
In the period under review, 87.4 per cent of the palm oil in our products – or some 200 metric tons more than in 2016 – was certified with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) label.
ALDI France in profile
Field of action: supply chain responsibility
|Objective||Status||Target date||Target value
|Introduction of BEE FRIENDLY-certified products||New||2019||Preparation and development||France|
|Conversion of fish and seafood products to certified sustainable goods||New||2019||75 %||France|
|Publication of a National Animal Welfare Purchasing Policy||2018||
Continuation and expansion
|Conversion to certified cocoa (UTZ, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and organic) for all own-brand products||2020||100 %||France|
|Introduction of the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC) for own-brand products that contain at least 3 % meat||2020||100 %||France|
|Expansion of the fruit and vegetable product range||2018||100||France|
|Ban on battery eggs||New||2020||100 %||France|
Target achieved Ongoing Process
Field of action: resource conservation
|Objective||Status||Target date||Target value||Target relevance|
|Installation of photovoltaic systems on new stores||New||2021||120||France|
Target achieved Ongoing process