ALDI SOUTH's response to allegations of abuses in Myanmar garment factories
Due to the unpredictable nature of carrying out our business activities in the country and the difficulty of fulfilling even the most basic human rights due diligence processes, it was decided in September 2021 to stop sourcing from Myanmar for the foreseeable future.
We were and still are constantly analysing different stakeholders’ perspectives (e.g., IndustriALL, SMART Myanmar and Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business) and remain in communication with them and other organisations on the current political and human rights situation in Myanmar...
Both facilities manufactured goods for the ALDI SOUTH Group before we imposed the sourcing ban in 2021. As with all factories used by ALDI in Myanmar, both facilities passed our ALDI Social Assessment and were regularly visited by our direct business partners in Myanmar. No serious labour and human rights abuses as mentioned in your inquiry were identified during these visits and assessments. The last orders from both facilities were completed in 2021 and we no longer have visibility of the factories’ operations.
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