Human rights in our supply chain

As an international company with global supply chains, the Aldi South Group is aware of our responsibility to respect human rights. The Aldi South Group is certain that long-term business success can only be ensured if human rights are acknowledged and respected. We believe that companies should be committed to respecting human rights and preventing human rights violations. Our commitment, therefore, encompasses our own business operations and our business relationships, as well as those indirectly caused by our actions.

For more information about our due diligence actions in order to respect human rights, please click here.

You can also view the Aldi South Group’s Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Policy here which outlines our human rights due diligence process and future commitments.

Our Ethical Trade Programme aims to improve working conditions at sites that make Aldi products, particularly those in high-risk countries or product categories. All suppliers in the programme must be a member of a supply chain management platform, either Sedex (the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange) or amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative).

To show that they can meet our ethical standards and requirements, suppliers must also arrange for one of the following independent third-party ethical audits or certifications of their production sites located in a ‘high-risk’ country as defined by ;

amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative)

• SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit)

• ICTI Ethical Toy Program

• SA8000 (Social Accountability International standard)

• Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) audit

• Better Work

• Fairwear

We recognise that standards in our supply chain may not initially reach those set out in Aldi's Business Partner Sustainability Standards (formerly Aldi’s Social Standards in Production.) In such cases, Aldi is committed to working with suppliers to achieve continuous improvement.

We expect our suppliers to take responsibility for monitoring and improving working conditions at all sites along their supply chains which are used to produce our products. We communicate to suppliers that these are legally binding documents and that we expect our suppliers to share and implement the Aldi Business Partner Sustainability Standards. We also expect them to adopt an approach to ethical trade that goes ‘beyond compliance’ and focuses on continuous improvement. However, we know from experience that third-party audits may not always provide a true picture of working conditions at a supplier site. In addition to third-party audits, we also carry out our own ethical audits and site visits through our Aldi Social Assessments.


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