ALDI

Germany, Illinois
Food and Staples Retailing

Corprate Bias Ratings

Risk Level:

Rating - Caution
Medium Risk

ALDI, a discount supermarket chain, vets vendors for LGBTQ policies and does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees. However, it has not publicly terminated business relationships based on views or beliefs. ALDI implemented unconscious bias training and released gender transition guidelines for its employees. ALDI pledged $5.5 million to racial equity causes, including a $1 million donation to the National Urban League. However, ALDI does not discriminate against religious organizations in it charitable giving. For these reasons, ALDI receives a Medium Risk rating.

Criteria
Risk Level
Rationale
Corporate Weaponization
Criteria

Has denied service to customers, suppliers, or vendors due to their political views or religious beliefs OR corporately boycotts, divests, or sanctions regions, people groups, or industries.

Risk Level
Rationale

ALDI has a written policy pledging to vet vendors for LGBTQ policies. Its “Corporate Responsibility Principles” requires vendors to include sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policy (1). ALDI prioritizes diversity over merit in its hiring and promotion (2). However, ALDI has not publicly terminated business relationships based on religious views or political beliefs.

Criteria

Charitable giving (including employee matching programs) policies or practices discriminate against charitable organizations based on views or religious beliefs.

Risk Level
Rationale

ALDI does not discriminate against religious organizations in its charitable giving. However, it will only give to religious organizations that provide non-sectarian services (1).

Criteria

Employment policies fail to protect against discrimination based on political affiliation/views and/or religion.

Risk Level
Rationale

ALDI does not provide viewpoint protections for its employees (1).

Corporate Governance and Public Policy
Criteria

Uses corporate reputation to support ideological causes and/or organizations hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

ALDI implemented unconscious bias training for its employees in 2021 (1). ALDI released gender transition guidelines to support its transgender staff (2). The company’s DE&I spotlight encourages support of LGBTQ-owned businesses (3).

Criteria

Uses corporate funds to advance ideological causes, organizations, or policies hostile to freedom of expression.

Risk Level
Rationale

Aldi’s DE&I Philanthropic Fund donated $5.5 million dollars to organizations supporting racial equity, which included a $1 million donation to the National Urban League (1)(2).

Criteria

Uses corporate political contributions for ideological, non-business purposes.

Risk Level
N/A
Rationale

Aldi does not operate a PAC or engage in lobbying at this time (1)(2).

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January 25, 2024

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