Modern Slavery and Human Rights

As a retailer with global supply chains, ALDI recognises its responsibility towards acknowledging and protecting Human Rights.

Our ALDI Stores Supplier Standards are contractually binding and prohibit Human Rights infringements, such as forced labour and child labour, as well as discrimination in any form. They also underpin workers’ rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining. Our commitments to mitigate modern slavery risks are set out further in our International Policy on Forced Labour. Find out how ALDI is committed to respecting human rights and tackling modern slavery below.

ALDI’s Commitment to Respecting Human Rights

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We expect our employees, management and business partners to respect human rights and to ensure that business activities comply with our commitments, such as our International Policy Statement for Human Rights. At ALDI, we do not tolerate any form of forced labour, child labour or workplace discrimination. Our Gender Equality Action Plan integrates a gender-sensitive approach into our activities and structures. Our supplier standards require business partners to pay workers in compliance with the local law. We also support international efforts to pay workers a living wage.

To verify that our human rights standards are upheld, all production facilities in high risk countries and categories are required to have a valid third party audit. These on-site audits performed by independent social compliance auditors are a key part of our Social Monitoring Program. We review audits and conduct remediation when necessary.

ALDI is Tackling Modern Slavery

The International Labour Organisation and Walk Free estimate that 40.3 million people live in conditions of slavery globally. According to the Global Slavery Index approximately 15,000 people in Australia are living in modern slavery. ALDI is committed to minimising and preventing the risk of modern slavery in our operations and supply chains. We are taking action through several ongoing initiatives:

Slave-Free Alliance Partnership and Modern Slavery Training

ALDI is proud to be the first Australian member of Slave-Free Alliance, a social enterprise which supports businesses in working towards a slave-free supply chain. Together with Slave-Free Alliance we continue to deliver training to merchandise suppliers, and to our own employees with sourcing responsibilities. The training involves case studies and an assessment, aimed at helping our employees and suppliers know the risks of modern slavery, identify the signs and take action to address them.

You can see ALDI’s Modern Slavery Statements here.

Australian Fresh Produce

ALDI Australia has an Australia first sourcing approach for all our fresh produce. We work closely with our business partners to monitor the supply chain’s social compliance, recognising that there is an increased risk of modern slavery in the fresh produce sector due to the use of labour hire providers, and the vulnerability of seasonal and migrant workers.

ALDI Stores Supplier Standards

Our Social Monitoring Program monitors adherence to our ALDI Stores Supplier Standards. The program promotes the continuous improvement of working conditions in our suppliers’ facilities. Production facilities in high risk areas are required to have a valid third party social audit such as SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). If any issues are found, our team supports our suppliers to develop and execute a corrective action plan.

Responsible Sourcing of Cocoa, Coffee and Tea

In order to mitigate modern slavery within our cocoa, coffee and tea supply chains, we require third party certification from Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance. We are proud to say that 100% of our own-label chocolate and tea, and over 80% of our own-label coffee is now sourced from certified providers.   Learn more about our responsibly sourced coffee, tea and coca here.

Grievance Mechanism Pilot Projects

ALDI introduced two avenues for workers to report Human Rights concerns in the supply chain:

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Partnership with the Issara Institute

We are working together with the Issara Institute to empower workers to speak up if they have concerns about their working environment in ALDI’s Thai food supply chains. Issara Institute’s worker voice channels includes a 24 hour multilingual helpline, social media messaging and the “Golden Dreams” smartphone application.

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amfori Speak for Change grievance mechanism

ALDI has partnered with amfori to roll out their ‘Speak for Change’ grievance mechanism. We are contributing to better working conditions for workers in ALDI food and non-food supply chains. The project was rolled out to all amfori certified factories in Vietnam in September 2021.

Ensuring our Social Standards are met in Bangladesh

There are specific risks when sourcing from Bangladesh, such as fire, electrical and building safety. Our Bangladesh Minimum Requirements set more stringent standards in order to mitigate these risks for garment workers.

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Sustainable Nut Initiative

We have an impact-led approach towards improving working conditions in the cultivation and processing of nuts. We strive to drive improvements by collaboration and transformation in our nut supply chains.

ALDI is the first discount retailer to join the Sustainable Nut Initiative. Our membership of the Initiative shows our commitment to fostering fair working conditions in the processing of nuts. Learn more about the Initiative here.

The Centre for Child Rights and Business

The Centre for Child Rights and Business (The Centre) supports businesses to deliver improvements within their supply chains that not only benefits workers, families and children, it also creates positive business outcomes. The Centre offers global expertise, services, support, research and insights covering a broad range of child rights and business issues across multiple countries.

ALDI’s partnership with The Centre includes child labour prevention and remediation, child rights risk assessments, packages to support migrant parent workers, young workers and other vulnerable groups.

International Partnerships

We take a collaborative approach towards addressing human rights within our international business.

Some of the key international partnerships of which we work with or are a member of include:

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We understand that there are no quick-fixes or shortcuts. Improvement will only come through regular monitoring, dialogue, and action. ALDI’s ongoing commitment to upholding human rights and tackling modern slavery can be further seen in our international Vision for 2030.

You can shop responsibly with ALDI

You can shop responsibly with ALDI, confident that the measures we have in place outline clear human rights standards and monitor our business partners’ compliance with them.

1. Get informed

Taking action against modern slavery starts with understanding what it means. Have a read of ALDI’s Modern Slavery Statement. You can also find Australian statistics and more helpful information here.

2. Buy Rainforest Certified and Fairtrade products

Look for the Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade logos on the packaging of certain ALDI products. These certifications ensure that the product has been responsibly sourced.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Australian Government defines modern slavery as encompassing eight types of serious exploitation including:

  • human trafficking, 
  • slavery, 
  • servitude, 
  • forced marriage or labour, 
  • debt bondage, 
  • the worst forms of child labour, and
  • deceptive recruiting for labour.

The Modern Slavery Act aims to address modern slavery by requiring businesses to be transparent about the efforts they undertake to identify and address modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chain. All large businesses with revenue over $100 million must report annually and ALDI has published a Modern Slavery Statement every year since 2019.