The Aldi Nord Group is pushing ahead with its own sustainability agenda. In its latest interim report, the discounter takes stock and sets its sights on new measures and targets. The focus is on the topic of packaging in particular.
In its latest interim report, the Aldi Nord Group provides information on its progress in terms of sustainability. Whether in the expansion of the sustainable product range, the ecological procurement of raw materials, or respect for human rights in global supply chains – in all areas, the discounter has been able to make considerable progress in recent years, according to its own statements. Looking back on the 2020 reporting year, Rolf Buyle, Managing Director International Buying, notes: “In the Corona pandemic, it once again became clear that we bear a special responsibility as a food supplier. We assume this responsibility not only towards our customers and employees, but also towards the environment and society. Our interim report shows where we currently stand as the Aldi Nord Group and where we want to go.”
New international packaging targets agreed upon
Packaging continues to be a key sustainability issue for the entire Group. The guiding principles here are the basic principles of the circular economy: “Avoid. Reuse. Recycle.” In this way, Aldi Nord has been able to save 38,000 tons of packaging in Germany alone since 2015, the company explains. The discounter also says it is making good progress on its targets of making 100 percent of its own-brand packaging recyclable by 2025 and offering at least 40 percent of its fruit and vegetable range unpackaged by 2025.
Recently, further ambitious international packaging targets were defined: In order to reduce the use of virgin plastics, the recycled content in all private label product packaging made of plastic is to be increased to an average of at least 30 percent by 2025. The aim is to gradually increase the use of recyclate across all product groups. In addition, the total use of virgin plastics is also to be reduced by 20 percent by 2025 compared to 2020.
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