Aldi Nord operates as a discount supermarket chain in Germany, Denmark, France, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Benelux. The company has a product portfolio of over 2000 items, most of which are Aldi Nord's own brands. The Aldi chain was founded by the Albrecht brothers in 1946 but split into two separate financial and legal entities in 1960 - Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. The two companies operate in separate, non-overlapping geographies.

Baseline assessment

Environment

Started the journey

Nutrition

Started the journey

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Aldi Nord publicly discloses a number of commitments across all three dimensions. In the environment dimension, the company has time-bound targets for reducing its GHG emissions, minimising food and packaging waste and improving animal welfare. However, few commitments were found regarding minimising freshwater use, improving soil health and sourcing sustainable seafood products. The company has set targets to sustainably source some of its high-risk commodities such as soya and palm oil, and regularly reports against the targets. In terms of nutrition, Aldi Nord has time-bound targets for product reformulation, nutritional labelling and responsible marketing. The company also discloses its efforts to diversify proteins in its product range and has regional programmes to promote workforce nutrition. With regard to social inclusion, Aldi Nord is committed to health and safety in its own operations as well as preventing human rights violations in its own operations and supply chain. It is part of the German retailers’ working group on living income and living wages in global supply chains but does not disclose any commitments related to paying a living wage in its own operations or supply chain. While the company is committed to supporting farmer productivity through region-specific programmes, it does not disclose commitments to other issues such as ensuring land tenure rights.

Food and Agriculture Benchmark

The Food and Agriculture Benchmark will assess 350 keystone companies on the issues underpinning the food system transformation agenda. The benchmark’s aim is to stimulate companies to apply sustainable business practices throughout their operations as well as use their influence to encourage value chain partners to do the same. WBA has organised the food and agriculture value chain into six sub-sectors. These sub-sectors are also reflected in the methodology framework.

Food and agriculture revenue
EUR 23,400,000,000
(USD 26,195,711,000)
Major subsidiaries
Trader Joe's
Consumer brands
Eskimo, Jack's Farm, Mama Mancini, Mucci, Westminster

Value chain sub-sectors

Other benchmarks

The company is also included in the following benchmarks developed by WBA and our Allies. These benchmarks help to deepen our understanding on key issues and industries.