Anti-corruption measures

PRINCIPLE 10: Combating corruption

Commitments and management systems


Measures 2017/18


Achievements 2017/18

METRO Business Principles

Anti-corruption guidelines for dealings with business partners and public officials

Business partner questionnaires

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, embedded in a variety of corporate guidelines

Supply Chain Initiative (SCI)


Group-wide compliance communications providing staff with information in various formats, including METRO’s social network platform, in order to ensure compliant conduct

Development of new anticorruption guideline that consolidates the topics business partners and public officials, to be rolled-out in the business year 18/19, and which includes a risk-based business partner due diligence process that evaluates and categorizes business partners based on risk KPIs and a business partner questionnaire and that tailors depth of due diligence accordingly as well as mitigating measures due to risks identified

Implementation of a risk scaling approach that classifies METRO companies into different risk classes (e.g. high, medium and low risk) as per various internal and external risk KPIs, and which leads to a scaling up or down of compliance measures including those related to anticorruption, depending on the applicable risk class of the METRO company in question


Examples of internal communication measures:

  • Compliance Talks
  • Compliance presence on METRO’s social network
  • Communications campaign, including new flyers and posters on METRO’s Business Principles that also deal with anticorruption.

Examples of external communication measures:

  • Membership of and active involvement in the Alliance for Integrity, an anti-corruption initiative run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations Global Compact network

Training management optimisation for better adaptation of all training in the area of Corporate Legal Affairs & Compliance and to ensure there is a sufficient array of training for the target group, with defined mandatory trainings

Implementation of a variety of compliance trainings, including on anti-corruption, for the relevant target groups in accordance with METRO’s training management

  • In financial year 2017/18, the format of business principles trainings (electronic and face-to-face trainings) has been improved and modernized, has become more interactive and practical
  • New face-to-face training for employees on core compliance risk areas, including on anticorruption, with various interactive videos