Diversity and work-life balance

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[GRI 405/103-1, 405-1] People from 117 nations work in the nine European countries in which we are represented. This diversity is a part of the ALDI North Group. It enriches our working relationships and reflects the diversity of our customers. Through a wide range of job profiles, entry-level and advancement opportunities and working hours schemes, we promote equal opportunities and cement our position as an attractive employer.

Our approach

[GRI 405/103-2] We reject any form of discrimination. In all countries, all employees have the same opportunities irrespective of gender, age, religion or belief, sexual identity, origin or physical disability. Our focus is on performance.

To create a level playing field for all, we provide support for our employees and help them get the work-life balance right between career, leisure time and family. Work-life balance is an important topic of the future for us, the significance of which was underscored in our 2017 materiality survey. When working out duty rosters, the working hours are arranged to take maximum account of the employees’ interests. The companies of the ALDI North Group offer some 48,000 opportunities for part-time jobs, particularly in the stores (90 per cent).

Organisation

Employee representative organisation

[GRI 102-10, 405/103-2, 407/103-1/2/3] Since the 1970s, an elected employee representative organisation has been in place at ALDI North Germany directly when a new company is established. Once again, each of the 34 regional companies was represented by its own works council in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, business operations at the regional companies Hoyerswerda and Könnern underwent restructuring; the stores were not affected. Some of the employees in administration and logistics were transferred to other regional companies. A reconciliation of interests and a social compensation plan were drawn up for the remaining employees. Works councils also exist in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Grievance systems

[GRI 405/103-2, 407/103-1/2/3] Since 2015, employees in the Netherlands have had access to a clearly regulated grievance system. The grievance system sends a clear message of zero tolerance against any form of discrimination to the entire workforce. Since 2009, an action plan has been in place at the each of the Spanish companies which comes into force if there are any signs of harassment. The plan guarantees that the situation will be clarified or remedied within 24 hours. The Spanish companies also introduced an action plan for equal rights in 2009. This plan is used to regularly review the employee structure in order to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment.

Progress and measures in 2017

[GRI 405/103-2/3] In 2017, women held some 27 per cent of management positions at the ALDI North Group. Forty-three per cent of our stores are managed by women. We see this as confirmation of our philosophy of placing a clear focus on individual performance when filling management positions.

The results of the first employee surveys in early 2017 showed us that employees are proud to work for the ALDI North Group. At the same time, they made it clear that there was still room for improvement with regard to certain positions and functions when it comes to work-life balance. The first measures have been taken on the basis of the survey results. Among other things, we are encouraging our managers and promoting a respectful and appreciative approach to interpersonal relationships. In late 2017, ALDI Poland kicked off a project designed to promote team spirit and employee motivation.

Performance indicators

Women in management positions [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of female employees in management positions on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

  2015 2016 2017
Belgium/Luxembourg1 24.9 27.3 29.5
Denmark 20.2 20.0 21.3
Germany 24.6 26.7 27.8
France 17.5 21.4 23.1
Netherlands 15.1 16.3 17.9
Poland 38.6 40.3 36.7
Portugal 43.2 45.2 48.0
Spain 34.8 32.8 34.0
ALDI North Group 23.8 25.8 27.3

1 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI North Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to “Subject of the report”).

Employees by job category [GRI 405-1]

Number of employees by field of work and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

  2015 2016 2017
  ALDI North Group of which female ALDI North Group of which female ALDI North Group of which female
Sales 46,708 36,146 51,780
40,157
55,901 42,495
Warehouse 4,604 1,183 4,983
1,207
5,466 1,288
Vehicle fleet 2,490 39 2,596
36 2,722 54
Office 2,215 1,950 2,401 2,105
2,704 2,419
Upper management 577 122 589
139 631 155
Lower management 1,043 284 1,174
337 1,322 403
Other1 542 33 556 31 621 28
ALDI North Group 58,179 39,757 64,079 44,012 69,367 46,842

1 This category also includes employees released for the works council and maintenance staff.

Employees by employment type [GRI 102-8]

Number of employees by employment type and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

  2015 2016 2017
  Full-time of which female Part-time of which female Full-time of which female Part-time of which female Full-time of which female Part-time of which female
Belgium/Luxembourg1 2,021 877 4,235 3,575 2,117 903 4,295 3,552 2,325 1,099 4,402 3,705
Denmark 1,048 468 989 583 1,074 468 1,110 660 1,098 413 1,179 686
Germany 7,267 3,125 24,162 19,396 7,258 2,977 27,957 22,428 7,370 2,994 28,466
22,517
France 5,184 2,504 2,236 2,029 5,474 2,722 2,769 2,482 5,993 2,794 3,225 2,798
Netherlands 1,639 324 4,652 3,569 1,622 317 4,678 3,540 1,775 363 6,879 4,736
Poland 473 337 687 665 809 617 657 637 1,334 1,134 572 572
Portugal 230 94 383 322 265 144 538 391 333 157 845 611
Spain 1,220 611 1,753 1,278 1,407 718 2,049 1,456 1,427 708 2,144 1,555
ALDI North Group 19,082 8,340 39,097 31,417 20,026 8,866 44,053 35,146 21,655 9,662 47,712 37,180

1 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI North Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to “Subject of the report”).

Employees by age groups [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of employees by age groups on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

Employees with disabilities [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of employees with severe disabilities on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

  2015 2016 2017
Proportion of employees with disabilities 1.7 1.6 1.6
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