Making changes in the land of tulips: ALDI Netherlands

Netherlands – Sustainability at ALDI North

ALDI Netherlands went the extra mile in 2017 to support customers on the road to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. In a country with more bicycles than people, protecting the environment and the climate also plays an important role.

Through a variety of projects, ALDI Netherlands made a difference in the health of its customers in the period under review. Those projects include improved product combinations with less sugar or salt and the new healthy nutrition partnership with the foundation JOGG, to name just a few examples. We also support our customers in making informed purchasing decisions with the ALDI Transparency Code (ATC), which creates transparency about the origin of poultry and pork, or our sustainability awareness campaign focusing on shopping responsibly (Verantwoord boodschappen doen). When it comes to preventing food waste, we work closely with Wageningen University and Voedselbank Nederland. Just like at ALDI North Germany, ALDI Belgium and ALDI Luxembourg, we too are saying goodbye – or, shall we say, “Doei!” – to disposable bags in the Netherlands. From 2019, we will offer only reusable bags. Beyond that, ALDI Netherlands is making a contribution to protecting the climate. All newly opened stores have an energy label of A+++ or higher, making them especially energy efficient. Since 2015, ALDI Netherlands has also exclusively used green electricity.

Our highlights

74 %

of stores

In the second year of our partnership with Voedselbank Nederland, 74 per cent of our stores donated food to regional food banks. In 2016, that figure still stood at around 29 per cent.

100 %

green electricy

As early as 2015, the power supply of ALDI Netherlands was switched to 100 per cent green electricity. In 2017, it was completely generated by European wind energy.

ALDI Netherlands in profile

Regional companies
9
Stores
494
Total ALDI employees
8,654
Year of market entry
1973
Website
www.aldi.nl

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

Changeover of products containing resources of animal origin or processed animal resources to the criteria of the One Star Beter Leven sustainability seal (minimum standard)

New

Ongoing

100%

Netherlands

Expansion of efforts to reduce the salt and sugar content in additional own-brand products

New

Ongoing

expansion

Netherlands

Labelling of all fruit and vegetable products grown in the Netherlands with the PlanetProof sustainability seal

New

2019

100%

Netherlands

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

Introduction of a nationwide, digitised monitoring system for cooling systems in order to achieve emission reductions through optimised leakage rates and/or more environmentally benign refrigerants

Target achieved – Sustainability at ALDI North

2017

100%

Netherlands

Discontinuation of single use plastic bags

New

2018

100%

Netherlands

Target achieved – Sustainability at ALDI North Target achieved Ongoing process – Sustainability at ALDI North Ongoing Process
Field of action: social commitment & dialogue promotion

Objective

Status

Target date

Target value

Target relevance

Fortführung und Ausweitung des Engagements zur Förderung des Gesundheitsbewusstseins bei Kunden und Mitarbeitern

New

Ongoing

Continuation and expansion

Netherlands

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

Our projects and topics

Fruit and vegetables: sustainability on a wide scale – Sustainability at ALDI North
More sustainable products

Fruit and vegetables: sustainability on a wide scale

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Food waste

On a rescue mission

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Bag

Disposing with disposables

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Fighting plastic soup – Sustainability at ALDI North
Resource conservation

Fighting plastic soup

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Netherlands: healthy nutrition starts early – Sustainability at ALDI North
Health

Netherlands: healthy nutrition starts early

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Key topic

Product quality

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Key topic

More sustainable product range

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