Working together on sustainability – ALDI Nord Germany

Working together on sustainability – ALDI Nord Germany

Sustainability through partnerships – developing environmentally friendly packaging to promote circular economy and improving animal welfare with farmers.

ALDI Nord Germany is working intensively on increasing the sustainability impact throughout the country. In 2018 ALDI developed and published the Packaging Mission for the own brands: the 'ALDI Verpackungsmission'. Since then, we have continued to work intensively with partners, such as suppliers and startups, to identify and optimise ideas for sustainable packaging and product solutions. Our goals are to make 100 per cent of our packaging recyclable by the end of 2022, and to reduce 30 per cent of our packaging material by the end of 2025, in relation to sales. In 2020, we will introduce the 'ALDI waste sorting symbol' for all own-brand product packaging to inform customers of the correct recycling methods.

A further important concern for German citizens, and for the ALDI companies, is animal welfare. Our aim is to provide customers with a broad choice of products with additional animal welfare benefits. In 2018, ALDI launched the animal welfare own brand Fair & Gut – which provides customers a third choice next to conventional and organic products. Over 240 farmers now produce fresh meat, sausage, eggs and dairy products for Fair & Gut. To offer our customers more transparency, we adopted the nationwide animal welfare labelling system 'Haltungsform', which denotes how animals are reared.

In addition to our individual efforts, we work on industry-wide initiatives such as the Initiative Tierwohl (Animal Welfare Initiative) and the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles. Since early 2020, our customers have been able to find textiles with the 'Grüner Knopf' (Green Button), as a further orientation aid for more sustainable textiles, on our shelves.

Our highlights

177 tonnes

less plastic each year

Throughout Germany, we save 177 tonnes of plastic every year by selling plastic-free cotton buds with plastic-free packaging – one of many measures that have led to a saving of more than 11,000 tonnes of plastic packaging weight for our own-brand products since 2015.

 

1 st place

vegan-friendly

In 2019, ALDI Nord Germany was awarded the title of most vegan-friendly discounter by the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. The foundation highlighted the large proportion of vegan products, the expanded labelling of beverages, and our 'Vegan Discovery Week'.

ALDI Nord Germany in profile

Regional companies
32
Stores
2,206
Total ALDI employees
37,788
Year of market entry
1961
Website
www.aldi-nord.de

Progress on national goals 2019

Customer & Product

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

30% less packaging by end of 2025

Reduction of the total weight of own-brand product packaging in Germany by 30% – proportional to sales – by end of 2025 (base year 2015)

Project ongoing.
-14.6% savings in packaging materials in Germany at the end of 2019 compared to 2015. 

SDG 12

100% recyclable packaging by end of 2022

100% of our own-brand product packaging in Germany recyclable by end of 2022

Project ongoing.
According to an initial survey, around two thirds of our packaging is already classified as recyclable.

SDG 12

Ban of single-use plastic products from the beginning of 2019

End the sale of single-use plastics within our own-brand products or special-buy ranges such as plates, cups, straws and cotton buds (excluding drinking straws on the drink pack) in Germany from the beginning of 2019

Goal achieved.

SDG 12

Ban on microplastics in cosmetic products by end of 2022

Replacement of all own-brand cosmetic products with solid microplastics or liquid synthetic plastics in Germany with environmentally friendly alternatives by end of 2022

Project ongoing.
Since 2014 gradual elimination of microplastics in cosmetics and personal care products and detergents, 2019: 180 products without solid microplastics or liquid synthetic plastics at ALDI.

SDG 12

Expansion of animal welfare own brand Fair & Gut by end of 2020

Expansion of availability of fresh poultry products in Germany from the animal welfare own brand Fair & Gut by end of 2020

Goal achieved.
In 2018 six fresh poultry meat products were listed under our own brand Fair & Gut. In the meantime, Fair & Gut has been extended to fresh meat (pork and chicken), cold cuts, eggs and dairy products. In the future, it is intended to expand to other regions, as the articles are not yet available in all regional companies in Germany.

Expansion of the animal welfare labelling system (Haltungsform)

Expansion of the animal welfare labelling system (Haltungsform) to other products and product groups in Germany

New goal.

SDG 12

Delisting of fresh meat products with Haltungsform 1

Delisting of fresh meat products with Haltungsform 1 in German stores and increasing the proportion of own-brand fresh meat products with the label Haltungsform 2, 3 or 4

Project ongoing.
The majority of our products are currently labelled with Haltungsform 1 and 2. With continuation of the engagement in the animal welfare initiative (Initiative Tierwohl), Haltungsform 2 will be significantly increased in mid-2021.

Expansion of ATC by end of 2019

Introduction of the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC) in Germany for own-brand products in at least one product group and increase in the number of fish products and products containing fish with the ATC by end of 2019

Goal achieved.
Introduction in textile product group achieved [LINK]; number of fish products and products containing fish with the ATC by end of 2019: 190 purchased fish articles and 112 articles with ATC, 59% ATC coverage.

Supply Chain & Resources

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

No chick culling in shell egg production by end of 2022

Gradually conversion of the entire supply chain for barn, free-range and organic eggs throughout Germany by end of 2022 to end the culling of male chicks in shell egg production

New target.
We already sell eggs from the so-called Bruderhahn Project under our own brand Henne & Hahn since 2017.

50% certified sustainable coffee by end of 2020

Transition to certified sustainable coffee (UTZ/Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, organic) for defined own-brand products in Germany

Project ongoing.
In 2019 47% reached.

 

SDG 12
Climate & Environment

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

Increasing the own-use rate for the energy generated in-house

Increasing the own-use rate for the energy generated in-house by photovoltaic systems at stores in Germany through combination with concepts for integrated cooling and heating systems, and demand-led alignment of the photovoltaic systems

Project ongoing.
Consumption ratio and energy generation for 2019 is 69.9% (2018 69.6%).

SDG 07

100% use of propane as refrigerant 

 

Gradual changeover of all plug-in chillers and freezers in Germany to the refrigerant propane (R290) with very low Global Warming Potential (GWP)

Goal achieved.

SDG 12

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