Code of Conduct Chapter
01 | General Principles
Compliance with Laws
We comply with the respective laws of all countries in which we conduct business. Our
company has always been committed to this rule, irrespective of any potential commercial
disadvantages this may cause. We expect the same commitment from our business
We would rather abandon any objective we could achieve than violate our legal
obligations. If there are differences between national laws and the Code of Conduct and
relevant international policies or guidelines, the more stringent regulations will be
Each individual Employee is responsible for Compliance
Each employee is personally responsible for complying with the law within his/her area of
responsibility. Each person´s attitude, behaviour and actions contribute to the image of
Management staff function as role models for all employees. They demonstrate how the
standards specified in the Code of Conduct should be put into practice and ensure that
their employees know and adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Each employee is obliged to report any breaches of law or violation of the Code of Conduct
or other applicable policies. To do so, employees should always consult their direct leader.
However, if this is not considered appropriate in a particular case, the employee must
report the violation to the next higher levels, the ALDI Alert Line or the Counsels of Trust.
An employee who witnesses a criminal act in the course of business must report the
offence as set out above. Any statutory obligation of notification must also be observed.
Employees reporting an offence in good faith must not be discriminated against. Any
investigation of reported violations will be conducted with utmost confidentiality. Details
on the informant will only be forwarded if the informant agrees, or if absolutely necessary
to clarify the situation.
Violation of the Code of Conduct may result in severe consequences not only for the
relevant person, but for the ALDI SOUTH group as a whole. Disciplinary action up to and
including termination of employment will be taken against any employee who violates
the Code of Conduct. Actions for damages and criminal charges may also be pursued.
02 | Conflict of interests and acceptance of Benefit
Conflicts of interests arise whenever commercial decisions are influenced by personal
interest. To prevent any such conflicts, employees must separate their private interests
from commercial interests so unbiased decisions in the company´s interest are taken.
Business Partners and Competitors
Business interests with business partners or competitors that are held by employees
personally are not permitted if there is a risk of any professional conflict of interests.
Employees must not establish business relationships with any business partner that can
be indirectly or directly influenced by the employee to a significant extent.
Private Benefits derived from Business Relationships
Employees must not use their role with ALDI to gain private benefits from business
partners or competitors. Personal favours or private benefits from a business partner
or competitor may bias any decisions to be made by the employee in the context of a
business relationship or the initiation of a business relationship. These must therefore be
avoided. Any private commissioning of business partners with which an employee is in
direct or indirect contact during their daily work must be subject to the corresponding
Invitations to Lunch/Dinner and Gifts
Invitations to lunch or dinner may only be accepted if they are considered reasonable
within the normal course of business and cannot be interpreted as an attempt to influence
the employee in their corporate decision-making.
Gifts should not be accepted by employees. Gifts of token value may be exempt from this
rule if rejection would be considered offensive by the respective local culture and/or
provided that these gifts are not likely to affect the business decisions of the accepting
party. However, it is not allowed under any circumstances to accept cash or equivalents
(e.g. vouchers). Value thresholds for accepting gifts or invitations will be defined for each
Disclosing Conflicts of Interests
Employees must disclose any potential conflicts of interests to their superior and discuss
how such conflicts are to be avoided. Employees should document any such discussions
and agreements in their own interest.
03 | Bribery
The ALDI SOUTH group does not under any circumstances tolerate acts of bribery.
Relationships between ALDI SOUTH and public officials, companies and private parties
must be established in a manner in which any suspicion of corruption is avoided. We
therefore do not permit the offering or granting of any form of favour that may be
interpreted as an attempt to exert influence.
Business partners of ALDI SOUTH will not be offered, promised or granted free benefits.
Donations (see below under ‚IV Donations and Sponsoring‘) and business meals constitute
the only exceptions from this rule.
Naturally, these rules may not be bypassed by utilising third parties (e.g. consultants,
brokers or middlemen).
It is especially important to exercise utmost restraint when dealing with public officials.
In this context, the term ‚public official‘ is to be understood in the broader sense and
irrespective of any definition provided by the relevant national legal system. In any case,
this definition always includes public servants and employees of any authorities, public
bodies, state-owned companies and international organisations as well as candidates,
representatives and employees of political parties.
04 | Donations and Sponsoring
Donations made by the ALDI SOUTH group will be provided as social commitment in a
transparent way and on a voluntary basis without expecting any service in return. The
purpose of the donation, the recipient and the donation receipt are documented in order
to ensure transparency.
No Donations to Political Organisations
The ALDI SOUTH group does not make any direct or indirect donations to political
organisations, parties or individual politicians.
In contrast to donations, the ALDI SOUTH group will receive public relations or promotional
services in return for their sponsorship.
All sponsoring activities must be based on a written agreement and rendered in
proportion to the promotional services received. Sponsoring may not be used to bypass
the stipulations regarding donations.
05 | Fair Competition
We are committed to the principle of fair competition as a prerequisite for social market
economy and will act in compliance with any laws for the protection of competition. All
employees are obliged to adhere to relevant competition laws, and illegal exchange of
information, price fixing and market-sharing agreements with competitors or suppliers
must not occur. We explicitly oppose espionage, theft and use of other illegal methods to
gain information on competitors or their business activities.
The CR Principles must be followed when engaging in business with suppliers and
06 | Absolute Customer Orientation
Quality of our Products
We aspire to always provide our customers with the best price-performance ratio on the
market. Consequently, quality assurance is an integral part of all of our operations. Our
product safety and quality standards often significantly exceed the relevant legal requirements.
Where it becomes necessary to stop sale of a product or to recall a product despite our
extensive upstream quality assurance measures, each employee involved will be
responsible for exercising the utmost care in order to help avoid any negative effects on
Handling Customer Enquiries positively
We undertake to respond to any customer enquiries in as positive a manner as possible.
We always strive to find an appropriate solution that will be acceptable for our customers.
07 | Employee Welfare and Human Rights
We commit to fair working conditions and to safeguarding the rights of our employees. Our AMS is the binding framework that regulates the essential aspects of the cooperative internal work environment as well as the management and development of employees.
Work Health and Safety
The health and safety of our employees is of immense importance. We therefore invest in
creating safe working conditions and have work health and safety integrated into all
areas of our operations. All employees must adhere to our safe working arrangements at
all times, and must immediately report and/or fix any deficiencies within their respective
area of responsibility. All managerial staff must support their employees in complying
with these obligations.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
All employees may choose to be represented by any person or organisation they wish in
any matters associated with their employment, and may, consistent with national law,
reach agreement with ALDI South about the terms and conditions to apply to their
Based on the Charter of the United Nations and the European Convention for the
Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, all human rights are considered
fundamental values to be respected by all employees.
We will not tolerate any form of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Such actions are
illegal and contrary to our Code of Conduct.
08 | Protection of Business and Trade Secrets
Business and trade secrets must be handled as confidential information. Sensitive information may neither be used to pursue personal interests nor be disclosed to third parties. Company information must be secured at all times, including using technical means.
Information received from our business partners will also be handled with the same level of confidentiality. Likewise, our suppliers and other business partners are contractually obliged to handle information confidentially.
Public communication and media requests are managed exclusively by nominated
09 | Data Protection
Protecting the personal data of our employees, customers and business partners is of
high importance to us. Therefore, personal data is only collected, stored or processed if
required for predefined, unambiguous purposes, compliant with the law.
Data is secured by both technical and organisational measures. Employees must follow
any data protection rules that apply to their area of responsibility to the best of their
10 | Company Property
All ALDI SOUTH employees are to treat the property of our company with care. Company
resources must be used economically, carefully and appropriately, and in accordance with
national policies and guidelines.