Aldi Süd operates as a discount supermarket chain in Germany, Austria, USA, UK, Ireland, Australia, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary, China and Italy. Across these 11 markets, Aldi Süd group operates 6,240 branches. The group usually operates with approximately 1,600 standard products, 90% of which are its 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

Room for improvement

Social inclusion

Started the journey

Summary

Aldi Süd publicly discloses a number of environmental commitments but has significant room for improvement when it comes to nutrition and social inclusion. The company has time-bound targets for reducing its GHG emissions, sustainably sourcing seafood products and some of its high-risk commodities such as palm oil and improving animal welfare standards. However, few commitments were found regarding food and packaging waste, and no evidence was found of commitments aimed at minimising freshwater use and improving soil health and agrobiodiversity. As a large retailer, Aldi Süd is well positioned to help consumers make informed decisions on the intake of healthy food. While there were some commitments disclosed for their UK and Ireland operations, no evidence of commitments was found on a group level on nutrition-related targets or commitments on product reformulatio n, protein diversification, accessibility and affordability of healthy foods, clear labelling and responsible marketing. In terms of social inclusion, the company is committed to eliminating child and forced labour across its supply chain. It is also 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 ensuring the health and safety of its employees, it does not disclose commitments to other issues such as farmer productivity and 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 59,000,000,000
(USD 66,049,015,000)
Major subsidiaries
Hofer
Consumer brands
Alpenmark, Goldland, Le Gusto, Schneekoppe, Tandil

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.