Supplier Inclusion

As a global retailer, we strive to represent and serve the needs of the communities we operate in. We seek to make all parts of our business equitable and accessible to our community. Our Supplier Inclusion program is an integral part of our larger commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, with the goal of empowering our business partners to reach their full potential. We believe that including diverse businesses in our supply chain is in the best interest of our community, reflects our individual shoppers and allows us to provide a great variety of products at affordable prices. ALDI is committed to fostering an inclusive culture that values diversity in all forms across our business, including our supply chain, to create lasting change in our communities. 

 

What diverse businesses are included in ALDI's Supplier Inclusion Program?

ALDI encourages diverse suppliers to obtain independent third-party certification. Certification is the process by which organizations verify that businesses meet the criteria of ownership, control, and management to qualify as a minority, woman, veteran, person with a disability or LGBTQ-Owned Business Enterprise. HUBZone certification includes a variety of factors, which can be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration website.

Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) |  Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE)  |  Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise (VBE)  |  Disability-Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE)  |  LGBTQ Business Enterprise (LGBTQBE)  |  HUBZone Small Business

Learn more about ALDI’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

 

How do I apply to become a supplier for ALDI?

Visit our Become a Supplier page for more instructions. If you have further questions, view our Supplier Inclusion FAQ's below or email our Supplier Inclusion inbox.

 


Q: Does my business qualify to participate in ALDI’s Supplier Inclusion program?
A:To qualify for ALDI’s Supplier Inclusion program, your business must be at least 51% owned and operated by a minority, woman, veteran, LGBTQ person, or a person with a disability. Businesses that are certified through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program also qualify to participate. If you are unsure if you qualify for diverse certification, please consult one of the certifying organizations listed below.

Q: What certifying organizations are acceptable?
A: ALDI encourages diverse certification from the following organizations: Minority-Owned: National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)  | Woman-Owned:  Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) | Veteran-Owned: National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) and National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) |  Person with a disability: Disability: IN | ​​LGBTQ-Owned: National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) | HUBZone: U.S. Small Business Administration

Q: Does certification as a diverse business guarantee that I will be awarded business?
A: No, diverse business certification does not guarantee that you will be awarded business with ALDI. Business is awarded based on a variety of factors to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between ALDI and our suppliers.

Q: Is there a cost to participate in ALDI’s Supplier Inclusion program?
A: There is no fee to participate in ALDI’s program, however there may be a cost to receive certification as an eligible diverse business. For more information on the certification fees, visit the website of the applicable certifying body for your business.

Q: Are diverse Tier 2 suppliers accounted for in ALDI’s Supplier Inclusion program?
A: Yes, ALDI includes Tier 2 suppliers, defined as diverse suppliers or subcontractors invoicing the buying organization’s primary (Tier 1) supplier for goods and services rendered. However, certifications are still required, and the primary business must report spend data at regular intervals.

Q: How do I apply to become a supplier for ALDI?
A: Visit our Become a Supplier page for more instructions.   

If you have any questions, please email us at our Supplier Inclusion inbox.