15. Equal Opportunities

The company discloses in what way it has implemented national and international processes and what goals it has for the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity, occupational health and safety, participation rights, the integration of migrants and people with disabilities, fair pay as well as a work-life balance and how it will achieve these.

Performance-based pay
Above-average employee loyalty has been a traditional feature at the ALDI North Group compared to the rest of the sector. The ALDI employees receive fair, performance-related and above-standard pay. Furthermore, the quantity of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements is nearly at 100 %.  

Diversity
We reject any form of discrimination. In all countries, all employees have the same opportunities irrespective of gender, age, religion or belief, sexual identity, origin or physical disability. Our focus is on performance.  

Since 2015, employees in the Netherlands have had access to a clearly regulated grievance system. The grievance system sends a clear message of zero tolerance against any form of discrimination to the entire workforce. Since 2009, an action plan has been in place at the each of the Spanish companies which comes into force if there are any signs of harassment. The plan guarantees that the situation will be clarified or remedied within 24 hours. The Spanish companies also introduced an action plan for equal rights in 2009. This plan is used to regularly review the employee structure in order to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment  

Work-life balance
To create a level playing field for all, we provide support for our employees and help them get the work-life balance right between career, leisure time and family. Work-life balance is an important topic of the future for us, the significance of which was underscored in our 2017 materiality survey. When working out duty rosters, the working hours are arranged to take maximum account of the employees’ interests. The companies of the ALDI North Group offer some 48,000 opportunities for part-time jobs, particularly in the stores (90 per cent).  

Education programme
The ALDI North Group’s training and education programmes are a key element in ensuring our future. Our goals are to expand employee communication and promote responsible and appreciative leadership. We measure our progress through employee surveys, among other measures. Performance indicators such as the average length of service or the number of apprentices provide further insights. Awards such as “Deutschlands beste Ausbildungsbetriebe” (Germany’s Best Companies for Training and Apprenticeships) confirmed the success of our HR efforts once again in 2017.  

Safety
In sales and in our distribution centres, the provision of appropriate work clothes and technical equipment continues to form the basis of our occupational health and safety measures. Since 2017, the ALDI North Group in Germany has been using a pick-by-voice system to help employees pick orders through speech recognition. The solution is being gradually introduced at the German distribution centres and is more ergonomic, as it leaves employees with both hands free for handling goods. At the same time, it offers them a better overview of the situation, thereby helping to prevent accidents. Furthermore, the topic of prevention is of increasing importance. As one of the results of the 2017 employee surveys, the Group concluded partnership agreements with gyms. Through corporate runs, we aim not only to strengthen a sense of team spirit, but also to provide incentives for more physical activity. Corporate runs have now been set up in seven ALDI North Group countries.  

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