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About ALDI
ALDI History
Corporate Responsibility

With over 10,000 store locations around the world and 100 years of experience, ALDI is a story of unrivalled success. Since opening its first store in Germany in 1914, it has established itself as one of the most reputable and awarded retailers in the international business market.

Today, ALDI is an undisputed global leader in grocery retail. The ALDI name is synonymous with high quality and exceptional value. We offer our customers a smarter way to shop as all our exclusively branded products are of market leading quality and available at highly competitive prices. They are continually run through in-house testing and independent laboratory analysis for quality assurance.

For decades, ALDI has followed this principle of simplicity and insistence on excellent value for money to ensure that its millions of customers worldwide can enjoy the best every day.

ALDI made its debut into the China market in mid-2017, offering a range of imported grocery products to Chinese consumers through its flagship Tmall store. ALDI is the first international grocery retailer in China to provide high quality lifestyle food products at an exceptional value. ALDI’s new online presence in China, the company’s first-ever purely digital market entry, constitutes the tenth country in which ALDI products are sold. The first products to be sold in China will be supplied directly by ALDI’s reputable Australia operations and will include high-demand foreign groceries such as wine, snacks, and a variety of breakfast and organic food products.

ALDI is committed to helping Chinese consumers enjoy the best imported products, every single day. All ALDI products are “handpicked for you” to ensure superior quality at a fraction of the price. We aspire to make online grocery shopping smart and simple, bringing international specialty products and experiences right to your door.

The majority of products sold at ALDI are from our exclusive brands, which give us maximum control of our range and provide uncompromised quality and safety. On a regular basis, these products are blind tested and sampled by our team of experts to ensure they are equivalent to, or better than, market leading brands. ALDI works hand-in-hand with long-time suppliers and partners to deliver the very best value to our customers.

The family business was founded in 1913, followed by the opening of a small food store in the German town of Essen in 1914. It didn't take long for this little “service store” to become a popular place to shop.

During the '40s, an expansion program was created and more ALDI stores were opened. And by 1960 ALDI had grown to a network of over 300 stores between the Ruhr Valley and Aachen. The prosperous family business was then divided into two independent companies: ALDI SüD - to service the South, and ALDI NORD - for the North.

“Self-service” was still a relatively new retail structure in the '60s and ALDI became the first company in Germany to adopt this new retail concept. While customers were still able to take advantage of the same high quality products as before, they could now purchase them at much more competitive prices.

In 1983, ALDI SüD started chilled distribution depots and sold fresh products such as cheese, yoghurt and sausages. Frozen products came in 1998 and were closely followed by fresh meat. ALDI, to this day, continues to keep up with the ever-evolving taste of the modern consumer.

Today, our rapidly growing network has more than 10,000 stores and serves millions of people across three continents.

Corporate Responsibility

ALDI cares about our customers, employees, communities, and our role as a business, working every day to help create a better world to live in. We want our customers to love grocery shopping as much as we do. That’s why we listen to them – their suggestions, their wants and their needs – so we can provide them with the products and services they care about most.

To us, a quality product also needs to be made responsibly, so that what we sell is produced with respect for the environment and workers. Through our key pillars of corporate responsibility and our CR Principles, we have made responsibility an integral part of our decision making process and business operations.

We are devoted to upholding the highest level of integrity and professionalism. The ALDI Corporate Responsibility Principles sum up the commitments we’ve made to our people and planet, and guide the day-to-day actions of all of our employees and business partners. The ALDI CHINA Code of Conduct defines what our responsibilities are as people of ALDI for acting with integrity in our day-to-day interactions with those around us. These are internal guidelines and external statements of our commitment to responsibility.


We promise our customers quality products at the best prices. We are guided by our customers’ needs and appreciate their feedback and ideas. It is our responsibility to design our select product range in a way that meets our customers’ everyday needs.?

For us, quality includes consumer safety, health, and well-being, and the sustainability of our products and their production.?

The safety of our products is one of our core commitments to our customers. At ALDI, our safety and quality management policies and processes meet or exceed consumer legislation. We want to offer our customers options for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Our buyers and suppliers work to improve the composition and nutritional profiles of the products we offer while considering national taste profiles. We strive to take into consideration the product’s lifecycle with the aim of continually reducing resource intensity and ecological impact while also improving compliance with social standards.?

We want our customers to make informed choices by providing them with accurate and transparent information through clear product labelling and direct customer communications.

Supply chain

Sustainable buying practices are essential for the long-term success of our business. We assume responsibility across our global supply chains and for the resources used in the production of our goods.

Our aspiration is that all our products are made in a sustainable way. We consider environmental and social criteria, including animal welfare, throughout our product supply chains – from raw materials to final production. Raw materials include agriculture and forestry, livestock and fish, and other natural resources used for our products and packaging. For our suppliers, we are a fair and reliable business partner. Together, and in cooperation with other stakeholders, we are committed to improving the living and working conditions throughout the supply chain.?

We articulate our expectations clearly to all our suppliers and business partners. Together with our suppliers, we work towards increased transparency and continuous improvement within the supply chain. We strive to increase the share of sustainable resources used in our products and to minimise the negative ecological and social impacts of production. We are committed to establishing and further developing social and environmental standards throughout the supply chain.


Our employees are the key to our success. They are the ones that define the ALDI business day after day and distinguish us from our competitors.

For ALDI CHINA to continue on the path of success, we want to be the employer of choice within the retail sector and to attract talented professionals who work together with us to further develop the global market. We succeed by providing an appealing, efficient, and supportive work environment and by being honest, fair, and responsible in everything we do.?

Each employee makes a difference within our business. The commitment of our staff makes it possible for us to deliver the greatest possible value to our customers – in terms of both quality and price. We delegate responsibility and give our employees the necessary autonomy they need to make decisions independently.

We are committed to ensuring that each employee receives the opportunity for individual personal growth and further development – irrespective of their origin, religion and ideology, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Together, we establish a culture of learning and personal development.

We focus on maintaining long-lasting working relationships and support our employees through the various phases of life. We enable them to partake in the success of our business by means of attractive remuneration and recognize exceptional individual performance.


Being a smarter grocer means more than just providing high-quality products at low prices; it means helping to build strong communities and contributing to a better world.

The objective of our community activities is to deliver a sustainable societal impact. This will be achieved by engaging in long-term partnerships with charitable organizations and focusing on key issues and target groups. This strategic investment in the public good is supplemented by funding local and regional initiatives within our local communities.

We believe support should be based on the needs of each individual community, which can range from product and monetary donations to staff volunteering to collaborations with nonprofit organizations. We're dedicated to funding and sponsoring local and regional initiatives that help to improve health, education, and support other social and ecological causes with the aim of contributing towards sustainable development.


We believe in acting with integrity and are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact.

We aim to minimize the ecological footprint of our entire business. We strive to become a climate-neutral company and are therefore committed to the continuous reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions.

To achieve this, we will continue to increase our energy efficiency across the business, to minimize the impact of our refrigerants on global warming, to improve logistics efficiency, to use renewable energies, and support climate protection projects.

Aspiring towards zero-waste business practices, we are guided by the principle to reduce, reuse, and recycle.