Page 4: Ethical Working Conditions
Many of Aldi products are grown and manufactured in developing countries where social and environmental standards can be below acceptable norms. Aldi believes that everyone involved in producing our products should be treated fairly and with respect for their human rights, without exploitation. Together with their business partners, Aldi strive to establish and maintain social and environmental compliance standards within its supply chain. The Aldi
Supplier Standards are set out in the CR policy and reflects the minimum requirements, wherever possible Aldi try to exceed the minimum requirements.
Suppliers are included as part of the Aldi contractual Terms and Conditions, which all suppliers are required to sign prior to entering into business with Aldi. Suppliers in turn are expected to apply them to all subcontractors along the entire production process.
The Aldi Supplier Standards reflect a commitment to human rights and fair labour standards and are based upon the following:
Monitoring the supply chain
Aldi has a Social Monitoring Programme in place that focuses on suppliers in high risk commodity areas, such as textiles. These are chosen due to their tendency to be manufactured in countries with lower social and environmental standards than in the UK.
As part of this programme suppliers must become members of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (Sedex), or The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) these are not-for profit organisations for businesses committed to improving ethical standards in their supply chain. Individual profiles of supplying sites together with ethical audit data is shared via an online, independent database, improving the transparency of the supply chain.
Audits by independent third-party organisations confirm that suppliers meet our ethical targets. These targets are based on the supplier's ability to demonstrate continual improvement, both qualitative and quantitative, in the ethical standards of their production sites. Supplier sites that do not meet our standards in one or more areas need to demonstrate progress against these or commit to taking remedial action within a