Aldi, the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket, has launched a series of gender transition guides to support colleagues who are either undergoing transition or already transitioned.
Created with input from colleagues across the business, the guides aim to support transgender colleagues at all stages, alongside providing guidance for their direct leaders and tips for co-workers on how to help their colleagues return to work.
The guides are part of Aldi’s wider ‘Embrace’ Diversity and Inclusion strategy, which focuses on ensuring Aldi is a respectful, supportive and representative place to work.
In further recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community within Aldi, colleagues are also set to get involved in the upcoming Pride events in Birmingham once again, as well as Manchester, where Aldi floats will join the processions.
Richard Shuttleworth, Diversity and Inclusion Director at Aldi UK, said: “We want to ensure that Aldi is a diverse, inclusive and supportive place to work for everyone.
“We believe colleagues should feel confident to bring their truest selves to work, and hope the launch of these guides will help anyone who has transitioned, is going through a transition or considering it, to feel safe and supported in doing just that.”
Kimberly Taylor, Store Assistant at Aldi who helped to create the guides, says: “I’ve worked at Aldi for over three years and during that time have started to transition. Throughout this experience my team have been so supportive of me, helping me to feel confident and accepted every step of the way.
“The creation of the gender transition guides, when coupled with the care and support provided, makes it clear that my wellbeing and acceptance is a priority for Aldi.”
Aldi is spreading the festive cheer and bringing together local communities by donating Christmas lunches to those in low-income areas across the UK.
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket is working in partnership with Company Shop Group to provide free Christmas dinners at Community Shops in the run-up to Christmas.
Aldi has announced when its stores will be open over Christmas and New Year.
From Monday 18th December to Saturday 23rd December, shoppers can visit Aldi stores between 7am and 10pm to pick up everything they need to celebrate Christmas, at the lowest possible prices.