Regional products for sustainability: ALDI Poland

Regional products for sustainability: ALDI Poland

ALDI Poland provides customers with a constantly growing selection of sustainable and regional products, following our motto – RAZ ALDI, ZAWSZE ALDI (once ALDI, always ALDI).

Recent studies confirm that consumer awareness of sustainability is steadily growing in Poland. Accordingly, we are continually developing our sustainable product range to further raise customer awareness and provide our customers with comprehensive information about our CR activities. Every three months we publish a CR magazine, available at our stores or online. We inform our customers how they can protect the environment in their daily lives, by making sustainable decisions such as the safe disposal of batteries, waste recycling and prevention of food waste. To honour the importance of regionality in Poland, we held eight weekly events highlighting typical products from various Polish regions.

For the first time in 2019, the report 'Responsible Business in Poland 2018: Good Practices' named ALDI Poland a socially conscious company in the country's most extensive review of CSR measures. The report described twelve ALDI measures, including international purchasing policies, the ALDI Nord Instore Concept, our Climate Protection Policy and the Social Compliance Programme. In 2018, MSC Poland recognised ALDI Poland for its exceptional commitment to sustainable fishing and the expansion of the MSC programme in Poland.

We published an online declaration in 2019, to renounce cage eggs in processed own-brand products by the end of 2025. It is our first national commitment that goes beyond international purchasing policies, making us the third retail chain in Poland to eliminate both fresh and processed caged eggs by 2025.

Our highlights

73

vegan and vegetarian products

73 products carried the V-Label in 2019 at ALDI Poland, marking vegan products, which are guaranteed not to contain any ingredients originating from animals, as well as vegetarian products.

31 times

PRODUKT POLSKI

In addition to our eight regional weeks, we wanted to help our customers identify local Polish products. Besides the PRODUKT POLSKI logo, we use Dziedzictwo Kulinarne (Culinary Heritage) or Jakość Tradycja (Quality Tradition) for local products.

ALDI Poland in profile

Regional companies
1
Stores
138
Total ALDI employees
2,694
Year of market entry
2008
Website
www.aldi.pl

Progress on national goals 2019

Customer & Product

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

Packaging Strategy by end of 2020

Publication of National Polish Packaging Strategy by end of 2020

In preparation.

SDG 12

Food donations at all stores by end of 2020

100% of Polish stores to donate unsaleable yet still edible food to charitable institutions by end of 2020

Project ongoing. Proportion of stores 2019: 41%.

SDG 12
Supply Chain & Resources

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

National Animal Welfare Purchasing Policy by end of 2020

Publication of National Polish Animal Welfare Purchasing Policy by end of 2020

In preparation.

Employees & Community

Goal

Description and scope

Status 2019 & next steps

SDG

Management training programme in 2019

Development of a training programme concept in Poland for enhancing managers' skills in 2019

Goal achieved.

  • Establishment of ALDI Academy for all ALDI employees in 2019
  • Development programme for management team
  • Training programme to increase competence (internal and external training providers)

Focus 2020 – Training in markets – 100% of store managers, minimum 50% of assistant store managers, minimum 30-50% of employees (stores)

SDG 04

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