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  • Overall approach
    3/10
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/4
      Overall commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment - commitment that does not apply to all of the commodities the company is exposed to
      0/4
      Do they have a commitment for other non-Forest 500 commodities, if so which?: cocoa; banana; coffee; sugar cane; coconut

      Which commodities does the commodity-specific commitment apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Timber; Pulp & Paper
      "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. Our high priorities: Palm oil; Timber and paper products; wood-based packaging; cocoa; banana; soy; beef; coffee; sugar cane; coconut"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Signatory
      Yes
      1/1
      "Apart from that ALDI SÜD group belongs to the signatories of the Cerrado Manifesto Statement of Support whilst ALDI SÜD Germany has signed the WWF Cerrado Soy position paper as a further signal for the protection of Brazilian rainforest" [...] "UN Global Compact UNGC... we are glad that through our membership we contribute to the achievement of this goal"
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "Forests are diverse and complex ecosystems characterised by biodiversity and habitats for plants, animals and people. For local people, they provide resources for their livelihoods, food and medicine. medicine. This is especially true for tropical rainforests, which support more than 50% of all plant and animal species as well as a significant amount of the planet's freshwater reserves."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      1/1
      High-level management
      Yes
      1/1
      How often does the committee or board meet to assess company's progress on addressing deforestation-related issues?: Not specified

      Which commodities does it apply to?: Palm oil; Soy; Beef; Timber; Pulp & paper
      "The ALDI SOUTH Group’s CEO Global Sourcing and Corporate Responsibility (CR) International oversees the implementation of our commitment to eliminate deforestation and conversion from our supply chains. The international ALDI SOUTH Group CR Department employs a team of sustainability experts that regularly review our risk and impact assessment, develop approaches, and engage in sector-wide collaboration initiatives to effectively mitigate deforestation and conversion risks in our supply chains"
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/1
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
      Reforestation disclosure
      Yes
      0/0
      How many hectares of reforestation or restoration are being or have been conducted or facilitated by the company?: 70 ha
      "ALDI SOUTH Germany supports a mangrove protection and reforestation project in India and Costa Rica, where more than 70 hectares of new mangrove forest was planted by 2020. Mangroves contain rich biodiversity, offer protection from extreme weather conditions such as storms or floods to local people and bind climate-damaging CO2. We also support a project in the world’s largest rainforest, the Brazilian Amazon, which aims to provide land rights for its inhabitants - the “Ribeirinhos”. This secures the livelihood of the local residents and along with it, protects around 3,000 hectares of rainforest."
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Reduce emissions
      Yes
      0/0
      Is this target aligned with/verified by SBTi?: Yes

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions

      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2025
      "In 2020, we were one of the first food retailers to sign up to the Science Based Targets initiative and committed to the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Our goal is to reduce our operational greenhouse gas emissions by 26 per cent (compared to a 2016 baseline). 2016 baseline) by 2025. "[...] "By the end of 2025, the ALDI SOUTH Group aims to reduce the operational emissions of its sites by more than 25% compared to 2016. These actions will enable the Group towards its vision of ‘zero carbon‘.”
  • Commodity score
    22/90
    • Beef
      17/90
      • Commitment Strength
        6/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          6/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            When was this commitment set?: 2022

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Beef [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products." [...] "In contrast to most other high-priority supply chains, there is no third-party verified certification scheme for beef that excludes deforestation. We have developed an international framework to further reduce the deforestation-risk within our beef supply chains with a focus on promoting more regional beef in our national markets.Our leverage to drive more sustainable local production in South America is limited due to the low volumes we purchase from there. Therefore, we focus on beef from lower risk regions, such as Uruguay, and withdrawing from risk countries, only where there are no assurance mechanisms in place."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Only applies to own-brand products

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Only applies to own-brand products

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to own-brand products
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Beef [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products." [...] "In contrast to most other high-priority supply chains, there is no third-party verified certification scheme for beef that excludes deforestation. We have developed an international framework to further reduce the deforestation-risk within our beef supply chains with a focus on promoting more regional beef in our national markets.Our leverage to drive more sustainable local production in South America is limited due to the low volumes we purchase from there. Therefore, we focus on beef from lower risk regions, such as Uruguay, and withdrawing from risk countries, only where there are no assurance mechanisms in place."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Deforestation and conversion free supply chain
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Beef [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products." [...] "In contrast to most other high-priority supply chains, there is no third-party verified certification scheme for beef that excludes deforestation. We have developed an international framework to further reduce the deforestation-risk within our beef supply chains with a focus on promoting more regional beef in our national markets.Our leverage to drive more sustainable local production in South America is limited due to the low volumes we purchase from there. Therefore, we focus on beef from lower risk regions, such as Uruguay, and withdrawing from risk countries, only where there are no assurance mechanisms in place."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Whole supply chain
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "to address gender inequality and to improve working conditions for women, ALDI strives for gender equality within its supply chains where it is being undermined or at risk."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        7/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "As a cross-standard cut-off date for any commodity, we specify the 1stJanuary 2020. The cut-off date marks the date after which no deforestation or conversion of land to produce the commodity can take place. Earlier cut-off dates for each individual commodity are applied in line with the market (e.g., Amazon Soy Moratorium (2006)) and available certification schemes (e.g., RSPO P&C (2018), Rainforest Alliance (2014), FSC (1994)). Should there be an even earlier cut-off date defined by legal regulations, market or by recognised standard certifications, we will of course adhere to this earlier date."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
          "Assessed deforestation-risk of beef in supply chains in 2020 [...] <1% of beef from deforestation-risk regions in South America in 2020.
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Palm oil
      28/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: RSPO

            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Palm Oil [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products. [...] Our achievements include that all our own-brand products containing palm oil are RSPO certified."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: only applies to own-brand products

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: only applies to own-brand products

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: only applies to own-brand products

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Palm Oil [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products. [...] Our achievements include that all our own-brand products containing palm oil are RSPO certified."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: deforestation and conversion free supply chain
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Palm Oil [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products. [...] Our achievements include that all our own-brand products containing palm oil are RSPO certified."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: current
            "100% of palm oil in all food and non-food products RSPO certified (since 2018)."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company, traces to Importer, no compliance check
            0/4
            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            Palm Oil Transparency commitment: "Increase transparency to the trader level"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Only applies to own-brand products

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to own-brand products

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Only applies to own-brand products
            Palm Oil Transparency commitment: "Increase transparency to the trader level [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products."
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        8/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Whole supply chain

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          Yes
          2/2
          How many smallholders do they support, and what percentage does this represent in terms of their sourcing from smallholders?: Not specified

          What is the nature of that support?: Certification; Technical assistance/support; Education and training, Economic
          "Certification requirements often represent a barrier for smallholders to participate in global supply chains [...] Based on this knowledge, we developed an approach to include smallholders in the scope of our commitment: We purchase and accept RSPO Independent Smallholder Credits to support their work directly. [...] Smallholders do not always have access to a certified mill, and so Independent Smallholder Credits are the only possibility for smallholders to benefit from an RSPO premium for growing certified palm. [...] Via our E-Learning, we inform suppliers about these framework conditions and encourage them to engage with smallholders. Also in exchange with actors further up the supply chain, such as traders, we underline the importance of integrating smallholder farmers in sustainable global palm oil supply chains"
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "to address gender inequality and to improve working conditions for women, ALDI strives for gender equality within its supply chains where it is being undermined or at risk."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to test for FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          2/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Tier 1
          "In addition, we ask our own-brand suppliers to commit to compliance with the following aspects when purchasing the required palm oil products along the upstream stages ... Respectful treatment of the local population: Early participation of the local population in all decisions affecting their land and living conditions in accordance with the principle of free prior informed consent (FPIC)."
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        14/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          2/2
          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RSPO

          What methods are used for verification?: RSPO

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: 100%

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Policy applies to own brand

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RSPO

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: 0%
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2018
          "As a cross-standard cut-off date for any commodity, we specify the 1stJanuary 2020. The cut-off date marks the date after which no deforestation or conversion of land to produce the commodity can take place. Earlier cut-off dates for each individual commodity are applied in line with the market (e.g., Amazon Soy Moratorium (2006)) and available certification schemes (e.g., RSPO P&C (2018), Rainforest Alliance (2014), FSC (1994)). Should there be an even earlier cut-off date defined by legal regulations, market or by recognised standard certifications, we will of course adhere to this earlier date."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What initiatives does the company participate in?: smallholder project with Aldi North and RSPO Smallholder Standing Committee

          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise; Providing financial support; Providing technical capacity
          [Translation] "In Côte d'Ivoire, we have initiated a smallholder project to set an important course for the sustainable cultivation of oil palms. The focus of this project is on the protection of native forests and environmentally sound cultivation methods. By purchasing RSPO credits for palm oil produced by smallholders ("RSPO Independent Smallholder Credits"), we provide direct support to these smallholders. Trading RSPO credits enables smallholders to directly receive premiums for growing sustainable palm oil. These credits are often the only way for smallholders to receive premiums. Furthermore, we are a member of the "RSPO Smallholder Standing Committee" as a representative of the retail sector. This committee pursues the goal of strengthening smallholders within the framework of the RSPO and contributing to more sustainability in the market. Among the major achievements of this committee so far is the development of a standard for oil palm growing smallholders."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "In our recent risk assessment, we examined more than 25 commodities based on their global deforestation risk and relevance in our supply chains. The assessment allowed us to identify ten supply chains that have the highest deforestation-risk within our business: Palm Oil [...] For palm oil [...] the analysis shows that we have significantly reduced the risk of deforestation in our supply chains: Relevant products are certified by standards that contain robust forest protection criteria. We also invest in transparency and engage in sector-wide collaboration initiatives. For these supply chains, we will continue the measures we currently have in place and monitor their effectiveness in order to identify possibilities to strengthen them. For palm oil for example, we will increase the transparency in our supply chain to the trader and on the amount of palm oil used in animal feed."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      20/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC; Other certification

            What paper/pulp product does their commitment apply to?: Paper products; Packaging

            When was this commitment set?: 2022

            If other certification, specify: Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Only applies to own brand supply chain

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to own brand supply chain

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Only applies to own brand supply chain
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: eliminate deforestation and conversion from own brand supply chain
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: Current
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Whole supply chain
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "to address gender inequality and to improve working conditions for women, ALDI strives for gender equality within its supply chains where it is being undermined or at risk."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        9/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "As a cross-standard cut-off date for any commodity, we specify the 1stJanuary 2020. The cut-off date marks the date after which no deforestation or conversion of land to produce the commodity can take place. Earlier cut-off dates for each individual commodity are applied in line with the market (e.g., Amazon Soy Moratorium (2006)) and available certification schemes (e.g., RSPO P&C (2018), Rainforest Alliance (2014), FSC (1994)). Should there be an even earlier cut-off date defined by legal regulations, market or by recognised standard certifications, we will of course adhere to this earlier date."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Soy
      27/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: RTRS

            Does the company commitment also explicitly apply to hidden/indirect soy?: Yes

            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            "Soy is used as a main component in animal feed and plays an important role in meat, egg, or dairy supply chains [...] ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Soy [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products. [...] "We aim to use >90% of soy certified to a deforestation-free standard or from deforestation-free origins in our direct soy and animal feed supply chains by the end of 2025. This means European and US soy is preferred in the respective market."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: only applies to own-brand products

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: only applies to own-brand products

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: only applies to own-brand products

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
            ""Soy is used as a main component in animal feed and plays an important role in meat, egg, or dairy supply chains [...] ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Soy [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products."
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: Deforestation and conversion free by 2030
            ""Soy is used as a main component in animal feed and plays an important role in meat, egg, or dairy supply chains [...] ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: Soy [...] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: 2025
            ">90% soy certified to a deforestation-free standard or from deforestation-free origins by the end of 2025."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Whole supply chain

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "to address gender inequality and to improve working conditions for women, ALDI strives for gender equality within its supply chains where it is being undermined or at risk."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        16/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          Yes, using a third-party verification scheme or certification scheme
          0/2
          What methods are used for verification?: RTRS

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: na

          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: na

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: RTRS

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: na

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: RTRS
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "As a cross-standard cut-off date for any commodity, we specify the 1stJanuary 2020. The cut-off date marks the date after which no deforestation or conversion of land to produce the commodity can take place. Earlier cut-off dates for each individual commodity are applied in line with the market (e.g., Amazon Soy Moratorium (2006)) and available certification schemes (e.g., RSPO P&C (2018), Rainforest Alliance (2014), FSC (1994)). Should there be an even earlier cut-off date defined by legal regulations, market or by recognised standard certifications, we will of course adhere to this earlier date."
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings; Providing support/ advice/ experience/ expertise

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: Retail Soy Group; Roundtable on Responsible Soy; Soy Transparency Coalition
          ""We are a member of several relevant multi-stakeholder groups that advocate for sustainable soy production at different levels of the soy supply chain. These include the Retail Soy Group (RSG), the Roundtable on Responsible Soy (RTRS), the Soy Transparency Coalition (STC) and the Cerrado Statement of Support Group. These memberships enable us to dialogue and exchange with feed retailers and manufacturers, as well as other food retailers, to establish industry-wide solutions for sustainable soy. "
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          Risk assessments for forest risk
          Yes
          2/2
          How frequently are assessments conducted?: Not specified

          For what percentage of material produced or sourced by the company has forest risk been assessed?: 100%
          "In our recent risk assessment, we examined more than 25 commodities based on their global deforestation risk and relevance in our supply chains. The assessment allowed us to identify ten supply chains that have the highest deforestation-risk within our business: [...] Soy [...] For these supply chains, we will continue the measures we currently have in place and monitor their effectiveness in order to identify possibilities to strengthen them."
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          Reporting total volume
          3/3
          Total volume: 627,641 tonnes

          Reporting certified/compliant volume: 165,026.655 tonnes

          What is the non-DCF commodity volume sourced from known production areas, and proportion of total supply chain volume this represents?: NA

          What product types/sectors is this in?: animal feed

          Reporting non-certified/non-compliant volume: 462,614.345 tonnes
          Achieved: ">50% of soy footprint certified to a deforestation-free standard or from deforestation-free origins in 2020." [...] In their RTRS annual report Aldi South state that their annual soy footprint is 627,641 tonnes (direct + indirect). In 2021 33,141 tonnes = segregated certified. 131,818 tonnes = Mass Balance certified. 67.655 tonnes = RTRS credits
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Leather *
      14/90
      • Commitment Strength
        1/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          1/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Sustainability commitment/other
            1/6
            Which certification schemes are used?: Other certification

            When was this commitment set?: 2020

            If other certification, specify: Leather Working Group

            Do they have a deforestation commitment covering animal feed?: No
            "Use of Leather Working Group (LWG)-certified leather - A environmentally compliant leather production including good working conditions is especially important to us. For ALDI products containing leather-based main components only LWG-certified leather may be used. LWG verifies in tanneries if they meet the requirements for environmentally sound leather production and issues a certificate." [...] "We have been a member of the LWG since 2015. Our business partners are required to use only LWG-certified tanneries for leather-based main components. This requirement applies to the commodity groups of textiles, shoes (in all cases) and to small leather goods.
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: NA

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Doesn't apply to all leather components
            "Use of Leather Working Group (LWG)-certified leather - A environmentally compliant leather production including good working conditions is especially important to us. For ALDI products containing leather-based main components only LWG-certified leather may be used. LWG verifies in tanneries if they meet the requirements for environmentally sound leather production and issues a certificate." [...] "We have been a member of the LWG since 2015. Our business partners are required to use only LWG-certified tanneries for leather-based main components. This requirement applies to the commodity groups of textiles, shoes (in all cases) and to small leather goods.
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
            Do they have a traceability commitment which goes back to the birth farm?: No
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        4/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Whole supply chain

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Commitment to ensure equality of women in the supply chain
          1/2
          "to address gender inequality and to improve working conditions for women, ALDI strives for gender equality within its supply chains where it is being undermined or at risk."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        9/56
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          0/2
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          Collaborative actions
          Yes
          2/2
          What is the nature of that participation?: Attending & contributing to meetings

          What initiatives does the company participate in?: LWG
          " In August 2015, we joined the Leather Working Group (LWG)."
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA

          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          Yes, report direct suppliers
          2/4
          What type of location data (boundary, point, etc.) is provided for smallholder farms?: NA

          What is the volume of each forest risk commodity that the company sourced in the previous year from each national or subnational location?: NA

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Yes

          From what sub-national jurisdiction(s) does the company source material?: NA

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: NA

          For what percent of smallholder suppliers is location disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent is no location data disclosed?: NA

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Australia; Bangladesh; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Cambodia; China; Czech Republic; Egypt; Germany; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Italy; Laos; Lithuania; Madagascar; Netherlands; North Macedonia; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Serbia; Sri Lanka; Turkey; United Kingdom; United States; Vietnam
          "In order to offer greater transparency to our customers, we are publishing the addresses and number of employees of all our main production facilities used for the manufacturing of garment textiles, household textiles and shoes. Production facilities are classified by product groups or country and the information will be updated bi-annually. The list below contains main production facilities used for the manufacturing of ALDI products that were sold in stores between April 2021 and March 2022. "
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA

          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Timber *
      19/90
      • Commitment Strength
        7/17
        • Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
          7/9.5
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Commodity-specific deforestation commitment
            Zero-gross conversion
            6/6
            Does the company have a commitment to the protection of other specific named ecosystems?: HCS; Peat

            If other certification, specify: SFI

            Which certification schemes are used?: FSC; PEFC; Other certification

            When was this commitment set?: 2022
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] WOOD-BASED PACKAGING: 100% of core range product packaging from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). » FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            What is the rationale for any exclusions?: Only applies to own brand

            What percentage of commodity production/sourcing is excluded?: NA

            What subsidiaries are explicitly included?: Only applies to own brand

            If no, what is excluded?: Product line

            What subsidiaries are explicitly excluded?: Only applies to own brand
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] WOOD-BASED PACKAGING: 100% of core range product packaging from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). » FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            Target date
            2028-2030
            0.1/1
            What actions or steps are identified for time-bound implementation?: eliminate deforestation and conversion from own brand supply chain
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] WOOD-BASED PACKAGING: 100% of core range product packaging from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). » FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2023)
            0.5/0.5
            What date is given for the interim milestone?: current
            "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] WOOD-BASED PACKAGING: 100% of core range product packaging from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). » FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/7.5
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            Post 2050 or no target date
            0/1
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.5
      • Associated Human Rights Abuses
        3/17
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          3/3
          How far back in the supply chain does this commitment apply?: Entire supply chain

          Other workers' rights commitments: Only work legal working hours; Guaranteed safe and healthy workspaces; Free from abusive practices/undue disciplinary procedures

          Details of commitment: ILO; UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          [Translation] "The ALDI "Social Standards in Production" clarify our commitment to humane and fair working conditions. They are based on: the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights [...]the ILO standards We expect our suppliers and business partners to act as a first duty in full compliance with all applicable national laws, rules and regulations, as well as in accordance with existing industry standards, ILO standards and UN conventions that are consistent with national law [...] Our suppliers are obliged to grant workers in their supply chain the right to freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining [...] We reject any form of discrimination [...] Child labour, as defined by ILO and UN conventions and/or nationally applicable law, is not permitted [...] Any form of servitude, forced or compulsory labour, servitude, human trafficking or involuntary labour is not permitted [...] We expect our suppliers and business partners to make clear provisions in their supply chain regarding occupational health and safety regulations and health protection. [...] Our suppliers and business partners ensure that the facilities and buildings they use are stable and safe and that workers are protected against any foreseeable accidents [...] Physical punishment, mental or physical coercion and/or verbal abuse of workers are prohibited. [...] Our suppliers and business partners are expected to apply these standards to all sub-suppliers throughout the entire production process."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/2
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/2
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/1
        • Commitment to test Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/3
        • Commitment to respect customary rights to land, resources, and territory
          No
          0/3
        • Zero-tolerance approach to violence and threats
          No
          0/3
      • Implementation and Reporting
        9/56
        • Reporting proportion of compliant volumes
          0/0
        • Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          Reporting is independently verified
          No
          2/2
          What percent of the company's supply volume is verified using company verification systems?: NA

          What methods are used for verification?: FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative

          Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative

          For what percent of the company's supply volume is third-party verification of performance relative to commitments conducted?: NA

          Is the performance of compliance of some suppliers, sources, or origins not verified, and if so why not?: Only applies to own brand

          Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative
          "ALDI is committed to eliminate deforestation and conversion of natural ecosystems from our high-priority supply chains by 31 December 2030. [...] Our high priorities: timber and paper products, wood-based packaging […] Achieved: 100% of all relevant wood and paper-based products from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). FSC, PEFC, Blauer Engel and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] WOOD-BASED PACKAGING: 100% of core range product packaging from recycled or certified raw materials (since 2021). » FSC, PEFC and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI; only for the US). […] All measures we are describing in this position statement apply to our own-brand products.”
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          Deforestation cut off date
          Yes, for all sourcing regions/operations
          2/2
          What cut-off date is specified?: 2020
          "As a cross-standard cut-off date for any commodity, we specify the 1stJanuary 2020. The cut-off date marks the date after which no deforestation or conversion of land to produce the commodity can take place. Earlier cut-off dates for each individual commodity are applied in line with the market (e.g., Amazon Soy Moratorium (2006)) and available certification schemes (e.g., RSPO P&C (2018), Rainforest Alliance (2014), FSC (1994)). Should there be an even earlier cut-off date defined by legal regulations, market or by recognised standard certifications, we will of course adhere to this earlier date."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Jurisdictional approach focused on sustainable land use
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity sourced/used
          No reporting
          0/3
        • Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          3/5
          Monitor compliance for labour rights and FPIC
          Yes, and publishes evidence of actions taken to implement its commitment on labour rights in the production or primary processing operations that it owns, manages or otherwise controls or its supply chains
          2.5/5
          What steps has the company taken to implement their labour rights commitment?: Interviews

          What percentage/number of new interests, developments, or expansions has the company used FPIC to secure consent of indigenous peoples/local communities?: NA

          What is the status of those FPIC processes?: NA
          "In terms of monitoring, ALDI maintains an overview of production facilities in its supply chains via a combination of third party social audits and ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are conducted by ALDI employees based in Bangladesh and Hong Kong. ALDI maintains a checklist for assessing forced labour risks when interviewing workers in the context of ASAs. On farm level, ALDI conducts ALDI Producer Assessments (APAs) jointly with an external service provider to assess compliance with ‘ALDI’s Social Standards in Production’ and to identify forced labour risks on farms supplying to ALDI."
        • Monitor compliance for zero tolerance approach and customary rights
          No
          0/5
        • Downstream: Reporting suppliers
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          2/4
          How is compliance monitored?: Certification; Internal monitoring and verification systems

          For what percentage of suppliers does the company use/rely on external mechanisms to monitor compliance?: NA

          What percentage of the company's supply chain volume does that represent?: 100% own brand

          For what percentage of the commodity sourced by the company is deforestation/conversion monitored at the farm level on production units known to be in the company's supply chain?: NA

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified

          For what percent of suppliers does the company directly monitor compliance of production or processing operations?: NA
          "MONITORING We support our suppliers in implementing our requirements by clearly communicating what we expect, by providing guidance and by monitoring compliance. Our direct suppliers are contractually bound to follow general and commodity-specific sustainability requirements and are subject to consequences in case of non-compliance. We monitor the implementation of our requirements through regular data assessments by our service providers, certification schemes, and cooperation in multi-stakeholder initiatives."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    6/17
    Avg. score
  • Implementation and Reporting
    11/56
    Avg. score
  • Associated Human Rights Abuses
    5/17
    Avg. score

Profile

Aldi encompasses two German family-owned discount supermarket chains that have over 10,000 stores across 20 countries. They have an estimated combined turnover of more than 50 million euros. The company has been selected as a powerbroker for palm oil, soy, beef and pulp & paper.

Sector
Industry sector 
Food Retail, Paper Packaging
Segments
Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
CO
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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