We’re celebrating Earth Day by highlighting our long-standing commitment to high-quality, affordable AND sustainable products.
We offer great food at great prices, and our commitment to bringing these products to shoppers includes supply chain standards that ensure our products are made with care for the environment.
We pride ourselves on a smart, sustainable approach to sourcing products for our customers every day—especially on Earth Day! Since more than 90 percent of our products are ALDI-exclusive brands, we have greater influence over how they are sourced, produced and delivered to our stores. Reducing our environmental impact is important to us and you can find Earth-friendly products in every aisle!
We practice simply smarter sourcing across a wide range of product lines:
Sustainably Sourced Cocoa & Coffee
We’re working to convert all cocoa used in our exclusive brand chocolate to be certified sustainable by Fair Trade Certified™, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ by the end of 2020. These standards make sure that the cocoa is grown and manufactured according to rigorous standards. We currently offer more than 60 products made with certified cocoa in our everyday and ALDI Finds items, including our entire line of Moser Roth chocolates.
We started offering Fair Trade Certified™ coffee in 2012 and since then, we’ve grown our portfolio to offer 15 Fair Trade Certified coffee options. We’re continuing to increase the number of Fair Trade Certified™ Barissimo, SimplyNature and Specially Selected coffee products we sell. Last year, a quarter of the coffee we sold was Fair Trade Certified™, which was a 150 percent increase compared to 2016!
Below is a list of the certifications we use to ensure consumers know the products they love are sourced responsibly:
Fair Trade Certified:
Fair Trade sets social, economic and environmental food product standards for companies and works to make sure farmers are appropriately compensated. A variety of our products are Fair Trade Certified™, including our Specially Selected Dark and Milk Chocolate Covered Almonds and Barissimo Fair Trade Certified™ coffee.
Rainforest Alliance Certified:
The Rainforest Alliance seal signifies that environmentally and socially responsible practices were used to grow and harvest the product. Farms and forests that meet the strict standards of the Sustainable Agriculture Network, or the Forest Stewardship Council, receive the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal. You’ll find the seal on our Specially Selected Dark Chocolate Covered Sea Salt Espresso Beans and Choceur Sea Salt Caramel Almonds.
UTZ is a certification organization that works with cocoa, coffee and tea farmers so that they can sustainably farm their crops. For example, chocolate products with the UTZ Certified label indicate the cocoa used came from a farm that follows specific sustainability standards. We offer several UTZ Certified chocolates, including Choceur Milk Chocolate and Choceur Milk Chocolate with Almonds.
Textile Chemical Management:
As part of our Greenpeace Detox Commitment, we’ve developed comprehensive criteria, which defines rigorous environmental requirements for textiles and footwear by 2020. This includes gradually eliminating certain chemicals used in the manufacturing processes for both textiles and footwear.
Many of our ALDI Finds items, including products like cotton bed sheets, bed pillows, cargo shorts, socks and pajamas, meet the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® requirements. The easy-to-spot Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® logo on packaging indicates the product has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 substances. Additionally, we offer certain rugs and floor mats that make use of recycled materials.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. For further information about the company’s Textile Chemical Management Commitment, click here.
Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil:
By the end of this year, we’ll source all the palm oil used in our products from origins certified as sustainable by the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). RSPO is an industrywide initiative that promotes the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products.
RSPO-certified sustainable palm oil has been produced to stringent environmental and social criteria. The palm oil used in our products has been checked by third parties who verify that it was responsibly cultivated, which helps to protect tropical forests and preserve the habitats of native species.
The use of RSPO-certified palm oil helps reduce the environmental impact of palm oil production and protects rainforests. This plant-based oil replaces the need for partially hydrogenated oils and trans fats, and it is used in many foods, like SimplyNature Cashew Butter, liveGfree Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks, Specially Selected Sliced Brioche Loaf and more!
We know that being a smart retailer means more than just providing high-quality food and other products at low prices. Working every day to help create a better world is fundamental to our overall corporate responsibility efforts, which include:
- Reducing, reusing and recycling waste through our reusable bag standard; increasing energy efficiency; decreasing our carbon footprint; and improving green building standards across all of our stores and operations.
- Recycling cardboard, paper, plastic film and foil used in all of the company’s operations.
- Ensuring all advertising materials are certified as sustainable and sourcing wood, paper products and other resources in a way that supports sustainable forest management.
- Reducing our refrigerant emissions and are an industry leading partner of GreenChill, a voluntary partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Partnering with local food banks in the Feeding America network to donate food that is safe to eat but outside “sell by” parameters. In 2017, we donated 25 million pounds of food to Feeding America.
- Contributing more than $4 million this year to community partnerships and grants.
For more on our corporate responsibility efforts, visit http://bit.ly/1R4rsqu.