Lidl has been the first German discounter chain store committed to join the ACT (Action, Collaboration, Transformation).ACT is an agreement among global brands and retailers and trade unions that commits to ensuring living wages in its garment and footwear supply chain through freedom of association, collective bargaining and responsible purchasing practices.
ACT members are working together to improve wages in the global garment and footwear industry through improved purchasing practices linked to collective bargaining agreements aiming to implement the human right to living wages.
“As a large textile retailer, we are committed to upholding human rights in our supply chains,” says Stefan Haensel, director for CSR, buying international at Lidl. “We have long demonstrated our engagement through a range of programmes and through our involvement in industry-leading initiatives. Joining ACT is the next step in our commitment to tackling the topic of wage fairness, jointly with all participating stakeholders, even more effectively.”
“We are delighted to have Lidl join the ranks of ACT brands. We also believe that this will send a strong signal to others to join us in making living wages a reality,” says Frank Hoffer, executive director of ACT.
Lidl is estimated to be the fifth biggest grocery chain in the world, and joins other ACT corporate signatories including Arcadia, C&A, Inditex, H&M, Bestseller, G-Star Raw, Next, PVH and Primark.