Ethical Working Conditions
We're committed to promoting workplace practices and conditions that are safe, fair and legal for everyone involved in making our products. Our Social Standards in Production are based on guidelines defined by the United Nations (UN), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative (BCSI) Code of Conduct.
As an international company with global supply chains, we are aware of our responsibility to respect human rights. The ALDI SOUTH Group is certain that long-term business success can only be ensured if human rights are acknowledged and respected, protected and fulfilled. A link to our Human Rights Policy Statement can be found here.
In addition, ALDI does not tolerate child labor in any areas of our operations, including our supply chains, as outlined in our Child Labor Policy.
Social Monitoring Program
We comply with social and environmental standards during every step of the product procurement process. Our Social Monitoring Program requires suppliers to provide third-party audit reports demonstrating they’re upholding our Supplier Standards. If these audits raise any concerns, we require a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be developed so that action can be taken to improve working conditions.
ALDI Social Assessments
Our internal teams perform ALDI Social Assessments (ASAs), which are supplemental audits to routine third-party audits. The ASAs more thoroughly analyze conditions in a particular location or industry, such as the textiles industry in Bangladesh. ASAs identify any local risks where a comprehensive plan can be developed in combination with stakeholders, to transfer knowledge and educate teams on how to improve their work environment.
Sourcing in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is the world’s second-largest textile producer. There have been challenges associated with the rapid development of the garment industry in Bangladesh, including tragic factory fires and accidents, low wages, limits to workers’ freedom of association and long working hours. All production facilities are required to undergo an extensive evaluation prior to producing products for ALDI, and our suppliers must have qualified local representatives in Bangladesh to regularly monitor social performance. Our local Corporate Responsibility team, along with our supplier representatives, routinely visits factories in an effort to support continuous improvement initiatives. One example is the ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project, which aims to improve the working conditions – beyond social compliance – at factories that produce our textile goods in Bangladesh. During the program, workers and managers are empowered to identify problems in their working life and find appropriate solutions that fit their needs. Learn more about the AFA Project here.
“The financial management training was very important for me. Now I have opened a bank account, and every month I deposit a certain sum of money. I also like the training on communication – now I can discuss any issues with my senior management.” Mousumi K., sewing quality staff
“I am so happy to see so many achievements through the AFA Project that were only possible because of the teamwork between workers and managers. I don’t think of myself as the only owner of this factory, rather we all own it together. The workers and managers of the AFA Project Team did such a good job to love this factory and to think of ways to advance it. Though we have lots of achievements now, for example a functional childcare centre and improved medical facilities, I hope we can continue this project with the same success and the same spirit in the future.” Golam M. K., owner, chairman and AFA team member, J.L. Sweaters Ltd.
Accord on Fire and Building Safety
As a signatory of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety (Accord), we’re working to improve the safety of factory workers across our Bangladesh textile factory base and achieve specific, permanent improvements. As part of the Accord, independent experts conduct electrical, fire and structural safety inspections at all factories that make products for ALDI and define which measures are necessary to support a safe workplace. ALDI has employed engineers in our Bangladesh Corporate Responsibility office to assist our suppliers and factories with remediation efforts. We were among the first brands to sign the 2018 Transition Accord, which succeeded the initial Accord contract that expired in May 2018.