Through LEAF Marque accreditation, Aldi, the fourth-largest supermarket in Britain, is quickening the pace of its sustainability obligations throughout its entire UK fresh produce supply chain.
By the end of 2023, the supermarket wants all of its fresh produce growers in the UK to be LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) Marque certified. The solution will help Aldi’s farmers progress their environmentally friendly agricultural methods in crucial areas including waste reduction, wildlife and biodiversity enhancement, energy efficiency, and carbon footprinting.
Currently operating in 19 countries, the LEAF Marque environmental assurance system incorporates the concepts of regenerative agriculture and represents all farming sectors, including fresh food, combinable crops, livestock, flowers, and ornamentals.
Aldi UK’s Corporate Responsibility Director, Liz Fox, commented on the decision, saying, “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.
We take great pride in our partnership with LEAF, which is a crucial step towards attaining our aspirational environmental objectives.
“Retailers have a critical role to play in advancing and supporting more climate-positive approaches to food production,” said Clare Mike, director of business development at LEAF. Our certified farmers are making great progress against the effects of climate change through LEAF Marque certification, which is supported by regenerative, nature-based farming concepts and backed up by our broad demonstration, technical, and education efforts.
“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Aldi and their suppliers of fresh vegetables. Together, we’ll keep the sustainability bar high and work to expand access to more sustainable food options for everyone.