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• In Minnesota, the Star Tribune reports that Target Corp. “has announced a sweeping set of goals to reduce its carbon footprint that for the first time puts pressure on its suppliers to do the same … Target will give its suppliers until 2023 to set forth a plan to reduce carbon pollution at their facilities as well as from the energy they purchase to power their operations. The retailer pledged to get such agreements from 80 percent of companies in its supply chain.”

The story notes that “the suppliers’ goals, like Target Corp.’s, must align with those set by the Science Based Targets initiative. Known by the acronym SBTi, the organization helps companies take steps to support the Paris agreement, whose goal is to keep the rise in annual global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius … Target is one of more than 2,900 businesses, colleges, states and cities that have joined the ‘We are Still In’ coalition, which was formed within hours of President Donald Trump’s announcement almost two years ago to pull America out of the accord.”

Target’s internal goal has been to “reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 2015 levels by 2025. New goals push that to 30 percent by 2030.”

• The Guardian has a story about how Cäcilie Albrecht, who died at age 92 in November 2018 - some four years after the passing of her husband, Theo Albrecht, the co-founder of Aldi - has created a family omnishambles by stipulating in her will that her grandchildren and their mother are to have no role in running the closely-held retail business.

According to the story, “Cäcilie Albrecht, known as the grande dame of the Aldi clan, vented her anger towards the five offspring of her late son, as well as his widow, Babette, accusing them of lavish spending not in keeping with the firm’s frugal philosophy, and of siphoning millions from company funds to finance their luxury lifestyles.”

Babette Albrecht is the widow of Berthold Albrecht, who died in 2012 and apparently had similar reservations about her ability to run the business in the frugal style established by the family.

The story notes that “concern has been expressed that the feud could endanger the future of the company, which last year made considerable losses in Germany, only making a profit thanks to its foreign operations.”

• Albertsons announced yesterday that its Own Brands business is “elevating environmental stewardship and helping consumers live green with the launch of compostable and earth-friendly products in the popular Open Nature brand.

“Coinciding with the beginning of Earth Month, the unveiling of the new eco picnic wares continues a long history of responsible environmental practices and broad selections of better-for-you and sustainable Own Brands products throughout the store.”

According to the company, the new products include “a fresh array of compostable items includes an “eco picnic” family of BPA-free plates, bowls, cutlery, straws, cold cups, and hot cups. Each is certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute, which guarantees products are tested and verified according to scientifically based standards. All components are made of plant-based material certified compostable in industrial composting facilities.”
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