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Aldi Süd & sustainability


Aldi Süd
First milestones, should be better Click here for score rapport: 6 out of 31

Sustainability summary

Aldi Süd has achieved the D-label. Aldi Süd has started to take sustainability into account. Still, a lot more can be done.

Brand owner: Aldi GmbH & Co. oHG
Head office: Mülheim an der Ruhr
Sector: Supermarkets
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Free Tags: Discounter, FSC

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Aldi Süd sustainability score report

Last edited: 11 November 2017 by Mario
Last reviewed: 11 November 2017 by Mario

Questions about Climate Change/ Carbon Emissions

1 out of 6
1. Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions ? Aldi Süd implements several measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as improving energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. Source
2. Has the brand (company) disclosed the annual absolute carbon footprint of its 'own operations' (Scope 1 & 2) and has the brand already reduced or compensated 10% of these emissions in the last 5 years? Aldi Süd reduced its own operations climate footprint from 1,464 thousand tons of CO2e in 2012 to 1,421 thousand tons of CO2e in 2016, which represents a reduction of around 3% (see link, page 4). Source
3. Are the greenhouse gas emissions below 250 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor per year? Aldi Süd stays below 250 kg CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor in some European Countries (like Germany or UK/Ireland), but not in other countries like USA or Australia, and does not specify its overall results (see link,page 4). Source
4. Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? Aldi Süd uses and generates (photovoltaics) renewable energy for electricity. Its overall share on group level is not specified however (see link, page 4). Source
5. Is all the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy? See remark for carbon emissions policy question 4. Source
6. Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce its absolute ‘own operations’ carbon emissions by at least 20% within the next 5 years? Aldi Süd has set the goal of reducing CO2-eq per square meter shopping floor by the year 2020 in every national organisation by 30% against the year 2012, but does not communicate clear information on target reductions for its absolute greenhouse gas emissions. Source

Questions about Environmental Policy

3 out of 17
1. Is the rate of organic (food) sales to the total (food) turnover at least 1,5%, or above the country average rate, or does the brand at least report these annual figures? In 2015, 3.2% of total food sales on group level were represented by organic certified food. Across the national markets, its organic products thereby comprised between 0.5% and 12.4% of food sales. A respective overview per country, as well as more recent results, is not provided however. Source
2. Does the assortment of organic (food) products represent more than 2,0% of the total (food) turnover of the supermarket chain? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
3. Does the assortment of organic (food) products represent more than 3,0% of the total (food) turnover of the supermarket chain? See remark for environmental policy question 1. Source
4. Has the brand banned 'unsustainable fish', so the most threatened species and the most damaging fishing and breeding methods from the assortment? Aldi Süd does not clearly specify whether it has banned the most threatened species and the most damaging fishing and breeding methods from the assortment. Source
5. Is at least 85% of the sold fish 'sustainable'? In 2016, the share of sales of certified wild-caught products was 49.81%, and of certified aquaculture products it was 76.53% (see link, page 2). Source
6. Is 99% of the sold fish 'sustainable' (such as MSC, ASC certified or in the 'green zone')? See remark for environmental policy question 5. Source
7. Concerning the sold eggs including store brand products that contain egg: does the brand have a policy to further improve the animal welfare of laying hens? Aldi Süd does not provide concrete information on improving animal welfare for its entire product range, other than that it bases its animal welfare policies on the FAWC's "5 Freedoms" and that it was instrumental in founding “Initiative Tierwohl”. Source
8. Does the brand abide progressive animal welfare standards for its entire assortment of chicken products? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
9. Concerning veal, beef and dairy; does the brand have a policy to abide by progressive animal welfare standards, and does the brand already show substantial performances? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
10. For the full assortment of pork, does the brand abide by progressive animal welfare standards? See remark for environmental policy question 7. Source
11. Does the brand have a policy to increase the use of sustainable soy in the animal feed for its chicken and pork meat products, in order to fight e.g. the destruction of tropical forest? Aldi Süd does not communicate concrete information concerning the use of sustainable soy. Source
12. Does the brand have an effective policy to increase the use of sustainable palm oil in order to stop e.g. the destruction of tropical forest for palm oil plantations? Aldi Süd aims to use exclusively RSPO-certified palm oil in their own-brand food products in all countries by the end of 2018, but does not clearly refer to non-food products, and does not specify its current total share of RSPO-certified palm oil sourced. Source
13. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize (food) waste, by reducing, re-using and recycling, and does the brand annually report the results? Aldi Süd implements several measures to reduce its waste material footprint, such as donating unsold, but qualitatively unobjectionable food to charitable organizations. However, concrete aggregate results regarding its waste materials footprint are not made public. Source
14. Does the brand (company) have clear objectives to minimize the environmental impact of its shipping packaging and carrier bags, by reducing, re-using, recycling and responsible sourcing of packaging materials, and does the brand annually report on these results? Aldi Süd does not report aggregate, annual results of its consumer packaging policy (see also source at previous question). Source
15. Does the brand (company) have an effective policy to reduce the overall resource/material use embedded in the products it sells? Aldi Süd implements measures to achieve more sustainable packaging, but it does not report clear goals, nor concrete results for reduced material use of all products sold. Source
16. Does the brand have an environmental policy for the use of paper for primary and secondary product packaging and hygiene products of its store brands? Are all those paper materials recycled and / or certified? Aldi Süd communicates a policy for its store brands primary and secondary product packaging and hygiene products. However, not all paper materials of Aldi Süd's primary and secondary store brand product packaging and hygiene products are recycled / FSC or PEFC certified (66% by 2016) (see link, page 2). Source
17. Does the brand have an environmental policy for the use of promotional papers such as leaflets and magazines? Are all those paper materials recycled and / or certified? Aldi Süd communicates a promotional papers policy, but does not report the overall performance. Source

Questions about Labour Conditions/ Fair Trade

2 out of 8
1. Does the brand sell tropical commodities such as coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas and pineapple certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? Aldi Süd offers several socially certified products, such as tea, coffee and chocolate (see link,page 2). Source
2. Does the brand present a clear breakdown of fair trade certifications for at least three of the following commodity groups: coffee, tea, cocoa, cane sugar, bananas or pineapples? Aldi Süd only presents a clear breakdown for its own-brand coffee (40% by 2016) and chocolate (78% by 2016) products, but does not specify figures with regard to its entire assortment (see link, page 2). Source
3. Is all the store brand coffee certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? Aldi Süd indicates, that about 40% of its own brand coffee products are socially or environmentally certified (Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance, CAS and / or EU organic) (see link, page 2). Source
4. Is all the store brand cocoa certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? Aldi Süd indicates, that about 78% of its own brand chocolate products which contain at least 10% cocoa are socially or environmentally certified (Fairtrade, UTZ Certified, Rainforest Alliance and / or EU organic) (see link, page 2). Source
5. Is the complete assortment of bananas certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? Aldi Süd does not provide comprehensive information on the total use of bananas which is certified according to social standards. Source
6. Is all the store brand tea certified according to Fair Trade, Utz, Rainforest Alliance or similar systems? Aldi Süd does not provide comprehensive information on the total use of tea which is certified according to social standards. Source
7. Has the brand (supermarket chain) established a fair trade policy for other tropical commodities such as cane sugar, tropical fruits or rice? Aldi Süd does not provide concrete information on any fair trade policy for other tropical commodities, such as cane sugar, tropical fruits or rice. Source
8. Has the brand (supermarket chain) established a fair trade policy for non-food product groups such as textiles and hardware? Related to the production of textile products Aldi Süd implements several labour policy measures, such as being member at BSCI and auditing of non-food production facilities (see link, page 3). Source