Oxfam reaction to Aldi's human rights policy

Reacting to Aldi South's human rights policy statement, published yesterday, Oxfam Great Britain's Director of Campaigns Matthew Spencer, said:

"We welcome the positive steps Aldi has taken in response to Oxfam's campaign to end the suffering behind our food supply. Millions of small-scale food workers around the world remain trapped in poverty, an issue we know that Aldi's customers really care about.

"It is good that Aldi has begun to acknowledge issues such as the need for greater transparency in their supply chains, the importance of listening to workers and that women are more vulnerable to human rights violations.

"We would now encourage the company to offer a clear time-bound plan for implementing their commitments, so that we can be sure their words will be turned into meaningful action for the women and men supplying their food."

Notes to editors: 
  • Aldi South has announced a range of human rights commitments, including the appointment of a human and labour rights director.
  • Oxfam has recently launched a campaign to urge supermarkets and governments to crack down on inhumane working conditions, increase transparency about where our food comes from, tackle discrimination against women, and ensure a larger share of what consumers spend on food reaches the people who produce it.
Contact information: 

For more information, please contact Meg Pruce, Oxfam GB press officer, on mpruce1@oxfam.org.uk / +44 7824 824359.