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.
A clear signal when it comes to fishing: ALDI Poland was an official partner of the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) anniversary campaign in 2017. A great opportunity for sharing information about sustainable fishing methods and the MSC label.
Most pieces of clothing that our customers find in the stores have made a long journey to get there. The travels of our baby bodysuit start in India
Public debate over genetic engineering is marked by controversy. We take the concerns of our customers seriously and provide them with a sense of orientation through transparent labelling practices.
Numerous non-food products that ALDI sells, such as textiles, toys and furniture, are manufactured in Asia. The team, ALDI CR-Support Asia Ltd is responsible for monitoring the labour and social standards of production sites.
On our journey towards becoming more modern, we are evolving faster than ever before. And one thing is clear: ALDI North employees should be kept in the know. Cue our new employee magazine – “einfach wir” – in Germany!
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.
The survey for our Sustainability Report revealed that animal welfare is a major concern for our customers. With the help of a dedicated team, we here at ALDI North are working on making effective progress, step by step.
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.