We recognise that the most effective way to improve human rights in global supply chains is through collaboration. As a result, we continue to establish partnerships and collaborate with others to find solutions for workers. Our key collaborations and partnerships on ethical trade are as follows:

Slave-Free Alliance

Slave-Free Alliance is a not-for-profit social enterprise owned by the charity Hope for Justice. The alliance launched in 2018 with the aim of permanently eradicating slavery globally and rescuing and rehabilitating victims. Aldi is the first discount supermarket to partner with the Slave-Free Alliance and as a member, we will benefit from expert advice and support to strengthen and evolve our modern slavery strategy.


 

Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex)

We require all of our suppliers who are part of our Social Monitoring Programme, to become members of either Sedex or amfori BSCI. Sedex provides one of the world’s largest collaborative platforms for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains. Companies use Sedex to manage their performance around labour rights, health & safety, the environment and business ethics. Sedex enables members to bring together many kinds of different data, standards and certifications, to make informed business decisions, and to drive continuous improvement across their value chains.


 

Wilberforce Institute

The Wilberforce Institute brings together experts in humanities, law and social sciences to help tackle the global problem of modern slavery head on. Through research and practice, they give leaders and communities the tools they need to help shape a better future. Aldi have launched a 3 year partnership with the Wilberforce Institute to develop a risk assessment for its produce supply chains and to identify key sectors and suppliers where there is the highest risk of modern slavery.


 

amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)

amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) is a leading supply chain management system that supports companies to drive social compliance and improvements within the factories and farms in their global supply chains. Aldi has been a member of amfori BSCI for more than ten years. Through this membership, we can monitor and improve working conditions in our supply chain.


 

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)

This partnership enables us to improve the responsible sourcing of fish and seafood and to avoid illegal, unregulated and undocumented fishing, contributing to a more transparent seafood supply chain.


 

Seafood Ethics Common Language Group

Participating in this group allows us to collaborate with other retailers, food service organisations and suppliers to improve our understanding of the ethical issues impacting the seafood supply chain and contribute to collaborative efforts to improve ethical standards in the sector.


 

Food Network for Ethical Trade (FNET)

FNET is a collaboration between large food suppliers and retailers that share a goal of establishing a common approach to managing ethical trade in food supply chains. At the heart of this initiative is the sharing of resources and developing best practice ways of working.


 

Ethical Trading Initiative

In July 2019 the ALDI SOUTH Group became a Foundation Member of the Ethical trading Initiative (ETI), dedicated to working conditions in global supply chains by tackling issues such as slave labour, poor working conditions, child labour and low wages. We participate in the ETI Working Groups dedicated to addressing such causes.

 

ETI Italian Produce Working Group

The ALDI SOUTH Group are members of the ETI Italian Produce Working Group, which promotes an ethical approach in Italy’s agricultural supply chains and addresses unacceptable working conditions, particularly for migrant workers in the tomato sector in the south of Italy. The Working Group, consisting of ETI members, non-members, trade unions and NGOs, aims to:

•Understand and address labour issues within Italian produce and agriculture processing.

•Foster greater collaboration between the retail sector and local stakeholders.

•Highlight the importance of the Italian produce market to European countries and the support available to the sector.

•Understand how working group members can support activities in-country to influence change.

As a member of this Working Group, we actively contribute to finding solutions to issues of illegal hiring and poor working conditions in Italian agriculture.


 

Spain Supplier Ethical Trade Forums

The Spain Supplier Ethical Trade Forums were founded in Spain in 2015. Aldi UK joined the Forums in April 2018. These Forums enable producers to address labour and human rights issues in the Spanish Produce sector. The Forums are supported by a number of UK retailers, including Aldi UK. Many key Spanish growers and packers are actively engaged in the Forums. The Forums are run by a consultancy called Conexión Social in Spain.

These Forums enable suppliers to;

•Share experiences and openly discuss issues concerning the day to day organisation of labour in the agricultural sector.

•Jointly seek new ideas and practical solutions to modern slavery risks and labour exploitation.

•Improve the living and working conditions of workers in the agricultural sector.

Please visit our International Corporate Responsibility Report for more information on the initiatives and associations the ALDI SOUTH Group are involved in.