CR programme 2018

Our fields of activity at one glance

Employee appreciation:
We want the employees to be proud of ALDI.

Supply chain responsibility:
We accept responsibility in our supply chains.

Resource conservation:
We act in an environmentally and climate friendly manner.

Social commitment:
We want to leverage our expertise and experiences, and contribute to finding a solution for societal challenges above and beyond our core business.

Dialogue promotion:
We foster dialogue with our stakeholders transparently and openly.

Field of action: Employee appreciation
Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
Development of a training programme for enhancing managers’ skills   2020 Concept ALDI North Group
Increase in employee communication   2020 More channels of communication for ALDI employees, among other things
ALDI North Group

 Target achieved   Ongoing process  Target not achieved

Field of action: Supply chain responsibility
Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
Provision of verification for a social evaluation (GRASP or comparable) of all producers (growers) of fruit and vegetables * 2018 100 % ALDI North Group
Changeover of all flowers and plants for defined own-brand products to sustainably certified goods (e.g. GLOBALG.A.P. in combination with GRASP)   2019 100 % ALDI North Group
Ban on specific groups of substances in the manufacture of own-brand products in the product groups clothing, home textiles and footwear (ALDI Detox Commitment)   2020 100 % ALDI North Group
Use of sustainable cotton (e.g. GOTS, OCS 100/blended, Fairtrade, recycled cotton) for clothing and home textiles   Ongoing Expansion depending on availability in the respective quality category ALDI North Group
Use of sustainable cotton (e.g. in accordance with the GOTS, OCS, Fairtrade standard)   2018 30 % Germany
Increase in the certified share of green coffee (UTZ, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and organic) for defined own-brand products   2020 Expansion ALDI North Group
Changeover of black and green tea to sustainably certified raw goods (UTZ, Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, organic) for defined own-brand products   2018 80 % ALDI North Group
Changeover of herbal and fruit tea for defined own-brand products to sustainably certified raw goods (Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, UTZ, UEBT/UTZ, organic)   2018 30 % ALDI North Group
Changeover of herbal and fruit tea for defined own-brand products to sustainably certified raw goods (Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, UTZ, UEBT/UTZ, organic)   2020 40 % ALDI North Group
Changeover to physically RSPO-certified palm oil for all own-brand products containing palm oil (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO) *
2018 100 % ALDI North Group
Changeover of wood and wood-based products to sustainably certified materials (FSC®, PEFC™, EU Ecolabel or comparable standards)   2020 100 % ALDI North Group
Changeover of all newly purchased sales packaging, repackaging and transport packaging for products to recycled and/or sustainably certified materials (FSC®, PEFC™, EU Ecolabel or comparable standards), depending on availability   2020 100 % ALDI North Group
Expansion of the range of vegetarian and vegan products, including certification (e.g. V-Label)   Ongoing Expansion ALDI North Group
Expansion of test/certification systems and own standards that go above and beyond the statutory requirements and include animal welfare aspects   Ongoing Expansion ALDI North Group
Increase in the number of meat products and products containing meat with the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC)   Ongoing Expansion ALDI North Group
Increase in the share of certified sustainable fish products and products containing fish (MSC, ASC, GLOBALG.A.P. and EU organic)   2018 50 % ALDI North Group
Expansion of efforts to reduce the salt and sugar content in additional own-brand products   Ongoing Expansion ALDI North Group
Labelling of all fruit and vegetable products grown in the Netherlands with the PlanetProof environmental quality label   2019 100 % Netherlands
Introduction of BEE FRIENDLY-certified products   2019 Preparation and development France

* Majority has been converted, we strive to achieve the goal in 2019.

 Target achieved   Ongoing process  Target not achieved

Field of action: Resource conservation
Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
40 % reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2021 compared to the reference year 2015   2021 -40 % compared to 2015 ALDI North Group
Introduction of LED lighting in all new stores (interior and outdoor lighting), and review of conversion of existing stores in the portfolio and distribution centres to LED lighting   2019 (and ongoing)
100 %
ALDI North Group
Increasing the share of stores equipped with photovoltaic systems   Ongoing Continuation and expansion ALDI North Group
Increasing the own-use rate for the energy generated in-house by photovoltaic systems at stores through combination with concepts for combined cooling and heating systems, and demand-led alignment of the photovoltaic systems   Ongoing Continuation and expansion Germany
Gradual changeover of all plug-in chillers and freezers to the refrigerant propane (R290) with very low Global Warming Potential (GWP)   Ongoing 100 % Germany
Discontinuation of the single use plastic bag   2018 100 % Germany, Netherlands, Belgium
Establishment of a BREEAM-certified central warehouse (BREEAM – Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment)   2019 Establishment Belgium
Nationwide ISO 50001 certification * 2018 100 % Netherlands

* We strive to achieve the goal in 2019.

 Target achieved   Ongoing process  Target not achieved

Field of action: Social commitment & dialogue promotion
Objective Status Target date Target value Target relevance
Development of pilot projects for sustainable consumption   2018 Project Germany
Introduction of a guideline for dealing with food that is no longer saleable in the stores * 2017 Preparation and introduction ALDI North Group
Continuation and expansion of efforts to foster health awareness among customers and employees   Ongoing Continuation and expansion Netherlands
Expansion of dialogue with major stakeholder groups   Ongoing Participation in sector initiatives ALDI North Group

* We strive to achieve the goal in 2020.

 Target achieved   Ongoing process  Target not achieved

Further country-specific goals can be found online on the country websites.