Report profile

This Corporate Responsibility Progress Report 2016/17 was prepared following with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4).

Reporting period

The reporting period is the current financial year 2016/17 (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017). To provide updates on developments, information has also been included that relates to periods prior to 2016/17. In the interests of topicality, we have also taken into account events which occurred up to the time of going to press (12 December 2017). The frame of reference for each of our targets and measures is indicated in the relevant section.

Limitations of the report

The scope of applicability of the information is given in the respective texts, key performance indicators or goals.

United Nations Global Compact

Since 2010, METRO has subscribed to the principles of the UN Global Compact, a United Nations-led global initiative that aims to encourage businesses to adopt universal sustainability principles. By subscribing to the United Nations Global Compact, we have committed ourselves to continuous improvements in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption measures. With this Corporate Responsibility Progress Report 2016/17 that is available online, METRO meets its obligation to demonstrate how improvements have been made within these areas.

Independent external assurance of the CR Report 2016/17

We constantly strive to improve our sustainability management. Having our report audited externally is a means of emphasising the credibility and transparency of our sustainability reporting. The certification from the independent auditor can be viewed under audit certification.


This Corporate Responsibility Progress Report contains forward-looking statements that are based on certain assumptions and expectations at the time of its publication. These statements are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties, which means that actual results may differ substantially from the future-oriented statements made here. Many of these risks and uncertainties are determined by factors that are beyond the control of METRO and cannot be gauged with any certainty at this point in time. These include future market conditions and economic developments, the behaviour of other market participants, the achievement of expected synergy effects as well as legal and political decisions. METRO does not feel obliged to publish corrections to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the publication date of this material.

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