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22 Oct 2018

The Grocer

Aldi to appoint human & labour rights director following their low Oxfam ranking on protecting workers in co's supply chain

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"Aldi to appoint human and labour rights director", 18 Oct 2018

Aldi is to appoint a senior international director responsible for human and labour rights and publish an international human rights policy... 

The development comes after the German retailer was urged to “up its game” and “drive out suffering and hunger” from its supply chains by Oxfam director of campaign and policy Matthew Spencer...

It is not clear when Aldi will appoint the human and labour rights director or when its international human rights policy will be published. 

“We respect human rights and have comprehensive policies in place to ensure that everyone in our supply chain who makes, grows and supplies our products is treated fairly,” an Aldi spokeswoman said. 

“Oxfam’s report is based on desktop research of publicly available information and was conducted almost a year ago. It is misleading and not representative of our current position. 

“We are meeting with Oxfam next week to provide them with more accurate information and we are disappointed that they have taken this action before meeting with us to fully understand our policies and practices.” [also refers to Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl]