At ALDI SÜD, responsible and lawful action is our top priority in order to secure economic success and prevent damage. Compliance is therefore a fundamental component of corporate responsibility and reinforces our values: simplicity, responsibility and reliability. Appropriate compliance measures, such as regular training for our employees, are designed to ensure that all our employees act in accordance with the rules.
ALDI SÜD has set up an independent Compliance Department which is responsible for developing the compliance management system on an ongoing basis. Because only an effective system can serve to protect our company, the management and all employees from fines, personal penalties and financial losses and protect our reputation.
In addition, the compliance values are embodied by the company management and infused throughout the company by regularly setting the "tone from the top".
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct of the ALDI SÜD Group has formed the basis for compliance in the company since 2016 and serves as a guideline for all employees. It sets out the principles that we adhere to in our daily dealings with each other, customers and business partners. The following video shows the essential contents of the Code of Conduct.
Contact Point for Compliance Violations
For the purpose of investigating potential compliance violations, ALDI SOUTH maintains an open whistleblower culture. ALDI SOUTH employees and external third parties (such as business partners, suppliers, employees of suppliers) therefore have the opportunity to report violations of the law, of the ALDI SOUTH Code of Conduct or other ALDI SOUTH internal policies. In order to process these reports, the ALDI SOUTH Group in Germany has set up a standardised process to allow anyone to report grievances anonymously or in their own name.
In addition, ALDI SOUTH has established a complaints mechanism through the channels listed below. This also enables individuals in the supply chain to report grievances such as human rights violations, environmental law violations, inadequate occupational safety or non-payment.
The following topics may, in particular, be reported (anonymously, if desired) to the Counsel of Trust:
- Theft, embezzlement
- Breach of trust, fraud, falsification of documents
- Breaches of cartel law
- Fair competition violations
- Infringements related to a conflict of interest
- Corruption/bribery, acceptance of prohibited financial benefits
- Discrimination, bullying, sexual harassment
- Labour law violations and infringements of occupational health and safety regulations
- Misconduct by superiors, employees and colleagues
- Breaches of data protection stipulations
- Violations of quality assurance guidelines
- Human rights violations
- Violations of environmental laws
- Disclosure of confidential information
- Violations that could result in significant financial damage or a loss of reputation
Counsel of Trust
Dr Carsten Thiel von Herff
Thiel von Herff Lawyers
Tel.: +49 521 55733-0 (Monday to Friday 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.)
Mobile: +49 151 58230321 (Monday to Sunday 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.)
Whistleblower system: https://report-tvh.com/
The Counsel of Trust of the ALDI SOUTH Group in Germany is available as an external point of contact for whistleblowers. The Counsel of Trust can be reached globally via their website. It is possible to provide information in German and English, as well as many other languages. In addition, the Counsel of Trust provides a telephone number as well as a fax number, either of which can be used to submit relevant information. If the language of a whistleblower is not covered by the system, the report will be translated.
Besides contacting the Counsel of Trust, whistleblowers can also directly contact the Compliance Department in the event of (potential) compliance violations.
Violations of data protection regulations can be reported directly to the Data Protection Department. E-mail: datenschutz(at)aldi-sued.de