Aldi is set to boost its sustainability ambitions across its entire UK fresh produce supply chain through the Leaf (Linking Environment and Farming) Marque certification.
The discount grocer is aiming for all its UK fresh produce growers to be 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 foot-printing.
“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,” Aldi UK corporate responsibility director, Liz Fox said.
“We are proud to be working with Leaf, which is a significant step in our journey to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals.”
Leaf director of business development, Clare Mike 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.”