Commitment to animal welfare: good ranking in an industry comparison
We know that there is still a lot to do when it comes to animal welfare, but we are on the right track, as confirmed by two recent publications on commitment to animal welfare in the food industry. We ended up in third place in an international comparison. We also performed very well in Germany in a comparison of supermarket chains.
ALDI North ended up in third place in 2017 in the international Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW). Since 2012, the ranking has benchmarked the animal welfare commitment of now 110 companies from the food sector, including food producers, food retailers and wholesalers, as well as restaurants and catering businesses. Their efforts are evaluated based on publicly accessible information. Since 2013/14, when we started in sixth place, we have moved up in the rankings one place each year. How did we manage to do this? Above all by continuously expanding our commitment to animal welfare. However, our Animal Welfare Purchasing Policies also played a role. They bring greater transparency to our organisation and the goals we have achieved.
“ALDI North has a comprehensive farm animal welfare policy and has clear processes in place for its implementation through its supply chain. ALDI North’s 2017 BBFAW Benchmark score has improved significantly since the 2016 BBFAW Benchmark. This can be attributed to more transparent reporting. ALDI North has already particularly comprehensive commitments to improve animal welfare in some countries within the group.”
Executive Director, BBFAW
In Germany, the Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt compared the animal welfare policies of supermarket chains for the first time in 2017. To this end, the foundation examined all published animal welfare provisions. The organisation certified that our policy is one of the most extensive in Germany. Through its wide-ranging commitment to animal welfare, ALDI turned in a strong showing among the discounters. Plans call for the analysis to be performed every two years in future.
“Without a doubt, ALDI North is attaching ever greater importance to animal welfare, as reflected by the establishment of a team dedicated to this matter. Even if there is still work to be done, ALDI North is moving in the right direction and making fast progress in view of the many and sometimes complex issues.”
Director, Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt and Board Member, Compassion in World Farming
The results indicate that we are on the right track with our measures and goals.
ALDI North is an internationally successful discounter. Part of our business ethos involves taking responsibility for our actions. Our CR Policy is enshrined throughout the entire Group.
Companies are also called on to do their part for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short. Many issues addressed by the SDGs are very important to ALDI North.
It all started in 1913 with a small food store in Essen-Schonnebeck. Today, customers can turn to 2,249 ALDI North stores in the ALDI North sales region. One of our focal points in Germany is improving animal welfare.
Being an ALDI employee above all means embracing our shared values: simplicity, responsibility and reliability. That is what we stand for in all we do, wherever we are located.
The dialogue with our stakeholders provides us with valuable insights for our CR efforts. We are in contact with customers, employees, NGOs, initiatives, associations, suppliers, business partners, works councils and unions.
And how can we make lasting improvements in cultivation on a wide scale? In the Netherlands, we are finding the answers in a joint project with suppliers and producers.
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.
We take responsibility for safe and fair working conditions and compliance with environmental standards wherever we can make a difference