2.3 Combined non-financial statement of METRO AG

With this chapter, METRO AG fulfils its duty to produce a non-financial statement (NFS) for the holding company, pursuant to § 289b–e of the German Commercial Code (HGB), and a non-financial group statement, pursuant to § 315b–c in conjunction with § 289c–e of the German Commercial Code (HGB), in the form of a combined non-financial statement. As a separate chapter, this declaration constitutes a part of the combined management report. Unless stated otherwise, the concepts described here apply to the entire group as well as the holding company.

The NFS was produced in consideration of the GRI standards for corporate responsibility reporting and the UN Global Compact. The contents are not subject to statutory of the annual and consolidated financial statements, but are part of a limited assurance business audit according to 3000 by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft. The audit opinion is available at www.metroag.de/cr-report-2020-21/assurance.

Business model

  • For more information about METRO’s business model, see chapter 2 Principles of the group – 2.1 Group business model.
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