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Commitment to animal welfare: good ranking in an industry comparison

Animal welfare ranking – Sustainability at ALDI North

We know that there is still a lot to do when it comes to animal welfare, but we are on the right track, as confirmed by two recent
publications on commitment to animal welfare in the food industry. We ended up in third place in an international comparison. We also
performed very well in Germany in a comparison of supermarket chains.

ALDI North ended up in third place in 2017 in the international Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare (BBFAW). Since 2012, the ranking has benchmarked the animal welfare commitment of now 110 companies from the food sector, including food producers, food retailers and wholesalers, as well as restaurants and catering businesses. Their efforts are evaluated based on publicly accessible information. Since 2013/14, when we started in sixth place, we have moved up in the rankings one place each year. How did we manage to do this? Above all by continuously expanding our commitment to animal welfare. However, our Animal Welfare Purchasing Policies also played a role. They bring greater transparency to our organisation and the goals we have achieved.

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“ALDI North has a comprehensive farm animal welfare policy and has clear processes in place for its implementation through its supply chain. ALDI North’s 2017 BBFAW Benchmark score has improved significantly since the 2016 BBFAW Benchmark. This can be attributed to more transparent reporting. ALDI North has already particularly comprehensive commitments to improve animal welfare in some countries within the group.”

Nicky Amos, Executive Director, BBFAW

In Germany, the Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt compared the animal welfare policies of supermarket chains for the first time in 2017. To this end, the foundation examined all published animal welfare provisions. The organisation certified that our policy is one of the most extensive in Germany. Through its wide-ranging commitment to animal welfare, ALDI turned in a strong showing among the discounters. Plans call for the analysis to be performed every two years in future.

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“Without a doubt, ALDI North is attaching ever greater importance to animal welfare, as reflected by the establishment of a team dedicated to this matter. Even if there is still work to be done, ALDI North is moving in the right direction and making fast progress in view of the many and sometimes complex issues.”

Mahi Klosterhalfen, Director, Albert Schweitzer Stiftung für unsere Mitwelt and Board Member, Compassion in World Farming

The results indicate that we are on the right track with our measures and goals.

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