Aldi's clothing bargains -discount buys discounting standards?

Publication Date: 

May 1, 2007


SÜDWIND Institute

Working conditions in Aldi's suppliers in China and Indonesia:

Suggestions for consumer and trade union action, August 2007

The largest German and European discounter, Aldi, is selling its clothing bargains at a high price: in its study, the SÜDWIND Institute provides evidence of unprecedented violations of labour laws in Chinese and Indonesian factories which supply Aldi. Almost completely unnoticed in the public domain, discounters have taken over the top positions in Germany's textile and clothing retailing in recent years. Part of the basic concept of discounters is the drastic savings in personnel costs - both in German branches and in supplier factories throughout the world.

The 96 page study ends with a number of suggestions for consumer and trade unions action.