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 standards are based on guidelines defined by the United Nations (UN), InternationalLabour Organization (ILO) and the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BCSI) Code of Conduct.
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 that 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. Our ALDI Factory Advancement (AFA) Project training program aims to improve the working conditions – beyond social compliance – at factories that produce our textile goods in Bangladesh. During this training 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 Khatun, sewing quality staff
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 the entire textile industry and achieve immediate, specific, and above all, permanent improvements for the people of Bangladesh. In addition to other retailers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local and international associations and labor unions have joined the Accord to foster safer working conditions in factories in Bangladesh.