Actively managing sustainability

In line with METRO AG’s strategy, sustainability is systematically and organisationally entrenched in the core business. Sustainability management takes into account interdependencies between economic, environmental and social aspects in an efficient, solution-oriented manner and involves the Management Board. On the one hand, this is done through the work of the Sustainability Committee, on the other hand, for example by linking remuneration of the Management Board and the global senior management to the assessment of METRO’s sustainability performance in the of the .

As the highest sustainability body in the company, the Sustainability Committee provides the strategic framework and group-wide goals and facilitates the exchange of information on sustainability issues at the highest management level – sometimes also with external input from guest speakers. To adequately respond to the specific market and customer requirements, the METRO companies manage the operational implementation of overarching within this framework. They are responsible for working on the relevant sustainability issues, for defining and implementing specific targets and measures and for monitoring their success. The committee is chaired by 2 representatives from the top management, who are regularly rotated. Other members of the committee are:

  • People in charge of corporate responsibility at METRO AG
  • Representatives of the core functions purchasing, communications and energy management, investments & technical solutions
  • Representatives of the METRO national subsidiaries

Sustainability management is closely linked to our opportunity and risk management through formalised reporting and assessment of sustainability-related opportunities and risks. This enables the Management Board to systematically identify, evaluate and control deviations from the sustainability goals and the associated opportunities and risks. In accordance with § 289c Section 3 Sentence 1 Nos. 3 and 4 of the German Commercial Code (HGB), there are no reportable risks for financial year 2019/20.

Our stakeholders evaluate all sustainability measures implemented, for example through ratings. These assessments by independent third parties show us progress and potential for improvement in our actions and are thus an important motivation and management tool for us.

ISS ESG (Institutional Shareholder Services – Environmental, Social, : formerly ISS-oekom) awarded the Prime Status C+ (on a scale from D- to A+) to METRO in April 2020 again to recognise them as a leader in the industry sector. In financial year 2019/20, we were once again listed in the Food & Staples Retailing group in the internationally important Dow Jones Sustainability Index World and Europe. In 2020, METRO was again listed in the FTSE4Good index. For Climate Change and Water, METRO achieved a rating of B (scale F to A) in 2019 and is thus above the industry average. In 2019, METRO participated in the CDP Forests project for the first time and earned a rating of B- (palm oil, soya, paper) and D (meat). METRO shares are also included in the MSCI World ESG Leaders Index and its European counterpart.

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In the financial sector, rating represents the systematic, qualitative measurement of creditworthiness. Ratings are expressed in various grades of creditworthiness. Renowned agencies that issue ratings are Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch.
Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)
An index family that measures the sustainability of the company. The measurement is comprised of economic, environmental and social criteria. For listed companies, the focus is on corporate management, employee policy and transparency, compliance with human rights and risk management. Among all sustainability indices, the DJSI family carries a particular cachet in terms of quality.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Goals for sustainable development: under the title ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, the United Nations formulated political goals that are aimed at the entire international community, companies and private individuals. The agenda includes 17 main objectives that take into account all 3 dimensions of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. METRO is aware of its responsibility and contributes to the achievement of the goals.
Statutory and factual regulatory framework for the management and supervision of a company.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
The unaffiliated organisation was founded in London in 2000. It aims to disclose companies’ CO2 emissions as well as their climate risks, thereby contributing to the transparency of their corporate financial reporting on climate-relevant data. To this end, the CDP conducts annual company surveys.