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[GRI 405/103-1, 405-1] People from 117 nations work in the nine European countries in which we are represented. This diversity is a part of the ALDI North Group. It enriches our working relationships and reflects the diversity of our customers. Through a wide range of job profiles, entry-level and advancement opportunities and working hours schemes, we promote equal opportunities and cement our position as an attractive employer.

Our approach

[GRI 405/103-2] We reject any form of discrimination. In all countries, all employees have the same opportunities irrespective of gender, age, religion or belief, sexual identity, origin or physical disability. Our focus is on performance.

To create a level playing field for all, we provide support for our employees and help them get the work-life balance right between career, leisure time and family. Work-life balance is an important topic of the future for us, the significance of which was underscored in our 2017 materiality survey. When working out duty rosters, the working hours are arranged to take maximum account of the employees’ interests. The companies of the ALDI North Group offer some 48,000 opportunities for part-time jobs, particularly in the stores (90 per cent).

Organisation

Employee representative organisation

[GRI 102-10, 405/103-2, 407/103-1/2/3] Since the 1970s, an elected employee representative organisation has been in place at ALDI North Germany directly when a new company is established. Once again, each of the 34 regional companies was represented by its own works council in 2017. At the beginning of 2018, business operations at the regional companies Hoyerswerda and Könnern underwent restructuring; the stores were not affected. Some of the employees in administration and logistics were transferred to other regional companies. A reconciliation of interests and a social compensation plan were drawn up for the remaining employees. Works councils also exist in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Grievance systems

[GRI 405/103-2, 407/103-1/2/3] Since 2015, employees in the Netherlands have had access to a clearly regulated grievance system The grievance system sends a clear message of zero tolerance against any form of discrimination to the entire workforce. Since 2009, an action plan has been in place at the each of the Spanish companies which comes into force if there are any signs of harassment. The plan guarantees that the situation will be clarified or remedied within 24 hours. The Spanish companies also introduced an action plan for equal rights in 2009. This plan is used to regularly review the employee structure in order to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment.

Progress and measures in 2017

[GRI 405/103-2/3] In 2017, women held some 27 per cent of management positions at the ALDI North Group. Forty-three per cent of our stores are managed by women. We see this as confirmation of our philosophy of placing a clear focus on individual performance when filling management positions.

The results of the first employee surveys in early 2017 showed us that employees are proud to work for the ALDI North Group. At the same time, they made it clear that there was still room for improvement with regard to certain positions and functions when it comes to work-life balance. The first measures have been taken on the basis of the survey results. Among other things, we are encouraging our managers and promoting a respectful and appreciative approach to interpersonal relationships. In late 2017, ALDI Poland kicked off a project designed to promote team spirit and employee motivation.

Performance indicators

Women in management positions [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of female employees in management positions on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

2015

2016

2017

Belgium/Luxembourg1

24.9

27.3

29.5

Denmark

20.2

20.0

21.3

Germany

24.6

26.7

27.8

France

17.5

21.4

23.1

Netherlands

15.1

16.3

17.9

Poland

38.6

40.3

36.7

Portugal

43.2

45.2

48.0

Spain

34.8

32.8

34.0

ALDI Nord Group

23.8

25.8

27.3

1 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI Nord Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to "Subject of the report").

Employees by job category [GRI 405-1]

Number of employees by field of work and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

ALDI Nord Group

of which female

ALDI Nord Group

of which female

ALDI Nord Group

of which female

Sales

46,708

36,146

51,780

40,157

55,901

42,495

Warehouse

4,604

1,183

4,983

1,207

5,466

1,288

Vehicle fleet

2,490

39

2,596

36

2,722

54

Office

2,215

1,950

2,401

2,105

2,704

2,419

Upper management

577

122

589

139

631

155

Lower management

1,043

284

1,174

337

1,322

403

Other1

542

33

556

31

621

28

ALDI North Group

58,179

39,757

64,079

44,012

69,367

46,842

1 This category also includes employees released for the works council and maintenance staff.

Employees by employment type [GRI 102-8]

Number of employees by employment type and gender on the reference date 31 December (headcount)

Full-time

of which female

Part-time

of which female

Full-time

of which female

Part-time

of which female

Full-time

of which female

Part-time

of which female

Belgium/Luxembourg1

2,021

877

4,235

3,575

2,117

903

4,295

3,552

2,325

1,099

4,402

3,705

Denmark

1,048

468

989

583

1,074

468

1,110

660

1,098

413

1,179

686

Germany

7,267

3,125

24,162

19,396

7,258

2,977

27,957

22,428

7,370

2,994

28,466

22,517

France

5,184

2,504

2,236

2,029

5,474

2,722

2,769

2,482

5,993

2,794

3,225

2,798

Netherlands

1,639

324

4,652

3,569

1,622

317

4,678

3,540

1,775

363

6,879

4,736

Poland

473

337

687

665

809

617

657

637

1,334

1,134

572

572

Portugal

230

94

383

322

265

144

538

391

333

157

845

611

Spain

1,220

611

1,753

1,278

1,407

718

2,049

1,456

1,427

708

2,144

1,555

ALDI Nord Group

19,082

8,340

39,097

31,417

20,026

8,866

44,053

35,146

21,655

9,662

47,712

37,180

1 The information regarding the legally independent companies of the ALDI Nord Group in Belgium and Luxembourg has been combined for the purposes of a simplified presentation (refer to "Subject of the report").

Employees by age groups [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of employees by age groups on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

Employees by age groups – Sustainability at ALDI North

Employees with disabilities [GRI 405-1]

Proportion of employees with severe disabilities on the reference date 31 December (in per cent)

2015

2016

2017

Proportion of employees with disabilities

1.7

1.6

1.6

GRI

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