Sustainable food for true gourmets: ALDI France

France – Sustainability at ALDI North

Today, ALDI France operates 888 stores throughout the country. In the land of gourmets, our shelves are stocked with a growing number of sustainable and regional products, plus we are currently hiring at a rapid pace.

ALDI France is growing, our stores are undergoing extensive modernisation, and we are stimulating interest in our products by changing how we communicate with customers. Naturally, all this also entails an increase in headcount. In 2017, we welcomed some 3,000 new employees. We make targeted efforts to promote their growth and the development of experienced staff, plus we give them opportunities for advancement. We offer our customers in France many high-quality items and a constantly growing number of sustainable products. To do so, we demand particularly strict standards from our suppliers and go beyond the legal requirements in the process. As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, we support organisations such as BEE FRIENDLY in France. The alliance works to promote agricultural practices designed to prevent colony collapse disorder. In 2017, we also participated in Think Fish Week (Semaine de la pêche responsable), which was spearheaded by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). We informed customers and employees about the importance of sustainable fishing and responsible aquaculture in our customer magazine. Moreover, we expanded our organic product range from 45 to 60 items in 2017. Under the new own brand BON & VÉG, we offer vegetarian and vegan products. Regional products also play an ever larger role in France, with 98 per cent of our fresh and frozen meat already sourced from French farms. In addition, we offer typical regional specialities in France under the Pays Gourmand own brand.

Our highlights

669

employees promoted

In 2017, some 7 per cent of ALDI employees in France received a promotion, demonstrating that ALDI France provides advancement opportunities and values the experience of its employees highly.

87 %

certified palm oil

In the period under review, 87.4 per cent of the palm oil in our products – or some 200 metric tons more than in 2016 – was certified with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) label.

ALDI France in profile

Regional companies
13
Stores
888
Total ALDI employees
9,218
Year of market entry
1988
Website
www.aldi.fr

Our national targets from the CR Programme (2017)

Field of action: supply chain responsibility

For an updated overview, see: CR Programme 2018.

Objective

Status

Target date

Target value

Target relevance

Introduction of BEE FRIENDLY-certified products

New

2019

Preparation and development

France

Conversion of fish and seafood products to certified sustainable goods

New

2019

75%

France

Publication  of a National Animal Welfare Purchasing Policy

Target achieved – Sustainability at ALDI North

2018

Continuation and expansion

France

Conversion to certified cocoa (UTZ, Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and organic) for all own-brand products

Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North

2020

100 %

France

Introduction of the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC) for own-brand products that contain at least 3% meat

Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North

2020

100%

France

Expansion of the fruit and vegetable product range

Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North

2018

100

France

Ban on battery eggs

New

2020

100%

France

Target achieved – Sustainability at ALDI North Target achieved Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North Ongoing Process
Field of action: resource conservation

Objective

Status

Target date

Target value

Target relevance

Installation of photovoltaic systems on new stores

New

2021

120

France

Target achieved – Sustainability at ALDI North Target achieved Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North Ongoing process

Our projects and topics

Labelling

France: from the region and onto the table

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Key topic

Sustainable food purchasing practices

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Key topic

More sustainable product range

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Animal welfare

Animal welfare at a discounter – a contradiction in terms?

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Food waste

On a rescue mission

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Customer service

Come on in!

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