Aldi Ireland to join The Ethical Trading Initiative
Aldi joins new alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers' rights around the globe.
23 July 2019
Aldi Ireland is to join a new alliance to protect workers´ rights as a foundation member.
The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) is an alliance of companies, trade unions and NGOs that promotes respect for workers’ rights around the globe. The entire Aldi South Group is joining ETI, in a development which will enable ETI to further extend its reach into the retail sector.
In a press statement to announce the new membership, Aldi said the group “has made significant strides in the past 12 months”, publishing a Human Rights Policy and the results of a human rights assessment of its food and agriculture supply chains. These identified several priority areas, including cocoa, nuts, tropical fruit, oils and condiments and fish and seafood.
Aldi has applied to join ETI as the leading membership organisation on ethical trade, and to collectively address human rights issues which it could not address alone, in order to increase its overall human rights impact. The company says it is looking to get actively involved in ETI Working Groups related to its priority supply chain areas, and engage with ETI’s collaborative model in order to learn from and share best practice with other companies, NGOs and trades unions.
John Curtin, group buying director at Aldi Ireland, said the move underlines Aldi´s commitment “to continually operate with honesty and integrity wherever we do business”.
“We look forward to working with and learning from other members to further improve our approach to ethical sourcing and continue to ensure that the human rights of those at all stages of our supply chain are respected and protected,” Curtin added. “Our strong belief is that a sustainable business needs a sustainable supply chain.”