1. Strategic Analysis and Action

The company declares whether or not it pursues a sustainability strategy. It explains what concrete measures it is undertaking to operate in compliance with key recognised sector-specific, national and international standards.

Our everyday decisions have implications across our entire value chain, which is why assuming corporate responsibility (CR) is part of our understanding of business. We assume such responsibility not least to ensure our competitiveness in the long term, as we strive to set standards in the food retail industry and continue expanding our market position.  

CR-Policy

Our Corporate Responsibility (CR) Policy is an integral part of the entire ALDI North Group. It picks up on our corporate mission statement and presents our understanding of CR. It also specifies the fields of action where we put our corporate responsibility into practice. Within our CR Programme, we set clear goals for all fields of action and communicate our progress where they are concerned as part of the Sustainability Report, among other channels.  

Fields of action:

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Explanations of the measures implemented in the reporting period can be found in the respective core topics:
 
Opportunities
With our CR policy, we make our actions fit for the future: We position ourselves as an attractive employer, we use the relationship with our suppliers to jointly realize a more sustainable offer, and we achieve cost savings through energy efficiency measures. One of the biggest opportunities: For many consumers, sustainability is an important purchasing argument. We consistently align our products and services with the wishes and expectations of our customers and continuously expand our range of more sustainable products.  

Climate Protection Policy
ALDI North has set a clear climate target for itself: We undertake to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Group by 40 per cent by 2021 compared to our 2015 levels. This target applies to all emissions that we ourselves cause in the course of our business activities (Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions). Our targets and measures have been compiled in our International Climate Protection Policy. Our climate strategy has a long-term trajectory and two key focal points:

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Clear statement: our input to globally sustainability targets
We support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and play our part in achieving them. Our activities are centred on ensuring that our range of own-brand products is sustainable along the entire value chain and on promoting responsible consumption. This allows us to help achieve the following SDGs and the respective sub-goals: Responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), climate action (SGD 13), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and life on land (SDG 15).  

We became the first discounter to join the United Nations (UN) Global Compact in the summer of 2017. With this step, we underlined once more that sustainability is at the heart of our system of corporate values.  

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