Did you know that Aldi is one of the largest retailers of Fairtrade flowers in the UK? We are supporting women’s empowerment for flower growers in Ethiopia, where Aldi source more Fairtrade flowers than any other UK retailer. We think that it is essential to support the countries around the world where our products are produced in order to address equality challenges and create fair and supportive working environments.
Four years of investment
So we will invest £200,000 in the Fairtrade Flowers Gender Empowerment Project between 2022-2025. The project supports education programmes aimed at enabling women to become leaders at work and in their communities through mentorship, upskilling and information sharing, and behaviour change initiatives.
Protecting our suppliers and their communities
In 2022 91% of Aldi’s Fairtrade flowers were sourced from Herburg Flowers in Ethiopia where more than three-quarters of workers in the flower-growing industry are women.
We are focused on maintaining high standards throughout our supply chain and are partnering with Fairtrade to both empower and protect women, and to give them the tools and support they need to take on leadership roles on farms in their communities.
Did you know that Aldi is one of the largest retailers of Fairtrade flowers in the UK? And in addition, we sold 1 bouquet of roses every 13 seconds in the week running up to Valentine's Day 2023.
Find out more about how we work with Herburg Flowers here.
Aldi UK and Ireland has signed up to the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles. These are a set of principles that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace and community. They include promoting training and professional development for women, and measuring and publicly reporting on progress to achieve gender equality. The Women’s Empowerment Principles align with our position that all businesses have a responsibility for gender equality and women’s empowerment and for addressing any form of discrimination. We encourage all of our suppliers to sign the UN Women Empowerment Principles and to join Aldi in working towards gender equality together. We also communicated this directly to all of our food and non-food suppliers in 2021.