Aldi, Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket, is accelerating its sustainability commitments across its entire UK fresh produce supply chain through LEAF Marque certification.
The supermarket is aiming for all its UK fresh produce growers to be LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Marque certified by the end of 2023. The system will support Aldi’s growers to advance their sustainable farming practices in key areas such as soil and water management, reducing waste, enhancing wildlife and biodiversity, energy efficiency and carbon footprinting.
The LEAF Marque environmental assurance system, incorporating the principles of regenerative agriculture, currently operates in 19 countries and represents all farming sectors, including fresh produce, combinable crops, livestock, flowers and ornamentals.
Commenting on the move, Liz Fox, Corporate Responsibility Director at Aldi UK, said:
“We are committed to reducing our environmental impact wherever possible – including lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and increasing our sustainable sourcing – all while offering high quality products at unbeatable prices."
Clare Mike, LEAF’s Director of Business Development, added:
“Retailers have a critical role to play in driving forward and supporting more climate positive approaches to food production. Through LEAF Marque certification, underpinned by regenerative, nature-based farming principles and backed up by our extensive demonstration, technical and education activities, our certified farmers are making significant advances in combating the effects of climate change.
We are delighted to be working with Aldi and their fresh produce growers. Together, we will continue to raise the sustainability bar, as well as help make more sustainable food choices available to all.”