REWE Group Sustainability Report 2018

Report Profile

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Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

The report covers REWE Combine companies for Germany and Austria, including independent retailers in the partner model (referred to in the report as retailers). In reporting the data, it is clearly explained where reporting limits deviate. For instance, the energy data for the Energy, Climate and the Environment pillar also includes REWE Dortmund and locations outside Germany and Austria.
In the 2018 financial year, the key figures in the Employees pillar also include, for the first time, approximately 50,000 employees of REWE independent retailers. REWE independent retailers predominantly operate their stores using the REWE partnership model, where REWE and the retailer work together to establish a general mercantile partnership. The key figures include all retailers which can be recorded via a central accounting system – this amounts to around 95 per cent.

The social sustainability work undertaken by independent retailers is addressed and presented only in individual cases due to the large number of activities and the entrepreneurial autonomy of the retailers. This approach has also been taken for locations outside Germany and Austria.

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Restatements of information

Due to the adjustment of the scope for parts of the data (in particular personnel key figures), this no longer corresponds to that of the 2017 sustainability report. Accordingly, the data was changed retrospectively. In the case of takeovers and the associated changes in the scope of consolidation, the data is not changed retrospectively.

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Reporting period

REWE Group’s 2018 sustainability report covers the 2018 business year (1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018). The editorial deadline was 29 May 2019.

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Date of most recent report

REWE Group’s 2017 sustainability report was released on 22 June 2018.

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Reporting cycle

Since 2017, REWE Group has published its sustainability report on an annual basis. Previously (2009 to 2016), the report was updated every two years.

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Contact point for questions regarding the report

A broad range of experts from different units at REWE Group contributed to this sustainability report. They work on sustainability in various departments, countries and subject matter areas. The Corporate Responsibility department led by Nicola Tanaskovic is responsible for preparing the report and serves as the contact partner for all questions related to it:
Email: nachhaltigkeit@rewe-group.com
Telephone: +49 221 149-1791

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Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards

Like last year, the 2018 sustainability report complies with the GRI Standards (2016). This report has been prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: Core option. For the GRI Materiality Disclosure Service, the GRI had the report available. The GRI confirmed that the materiality disclosures (102-40 to 102-49) were positioned correctly. The service was performed on the German version of the report.

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GRI content index

Information Link to website
GRI 101: Foundation 2016
GRI 102: General Disclosures
Organizational profile
GRI 102-1: Name of the organization REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-2: Activities, brands, products, and services REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-3: Location of headquarters REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-4: Location of operations REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-5: Ownership and legal form REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-6: Markets served REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-7: Scale of the organization REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-8: Information on employees and other workers Employee Structure
GRI 102-9: Supply chain Supply Chain
GRI 102-10: Significant changes to the organization and its supply chain REWE Group Portrait
GRI 102-11: Precautionary Principle or approach Risk Management
Product-related Risk Analysis
GRI 102-12: External initiatives Industry Initiatives and Memberships
GRI 102-13: Membership of associations Industry Initiatives and Memberships
Strategy
GRI 102-14: Statement from senior decision-maker Foreword by Lionel Souque
Ethics and integrity
GRI 102-16: Values, principles, standards and norms of behavior Principles and Guidelines
GRI 102-17: Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics Principles and Guidelines
Governance
GRI 102-18: Governance structure Sustainability Strategy
GRI 102-19: Delegating authority Sustainability Strategy
GRI 102-20: Executive-level responsibility for economic, environmental, and social topics Sustainability Strategy
GRI 102-21: Consulting stakeholders on economic, environmental, and social topics Sustainability Strategy
Stakeholder engagement
GRI 102-40: List of stakeholder groups Stakeholder Dialogue
GRI 102-41: Collective bargaining agreements Employee Structure
GRI 102-42: Identifying and selecting stakeholders Stakeholder Dialogue
GRI 102-43: Approach to stakeholder engagement Stakeholder Dialogue
GRI 102-44: Key topics and concerns raised Stakeholder Dialogue
Reporting practice
GRI 102-45: Entities included in the consolidated financial statements Report Profile
GRI 102-46: Defining report content and topic Boundaries Materiality Analysis
GRI 102-47: List of material topics Materiality Analysis
GRI 102-48: Restatements of information Report Profile
GRI 102-49: Changes in reporting Materiality Analysis
GRI 102-50: Reporting period Report Profile
GRI 102-51: Date of most recent report Report Profile
GRI 102-52: Reporting cycle Report Profile
GRI 102-53: Contact point for questions regarding the report Report Profile
GRI 102-54: Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI Standards Report Profile
GRI 102-55: GRI content index Report Profile
GRI 102-56: External assurance Report Profile
Material topics
GRI 201: Economic performance 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Economic Performance
GRI 201-1: Direct economic value generated and distributed Economic Performance
GRI 201-3: Defined benefit plan obligations and other retirement plans Economic Performance
GRI 203: Indirect economic impacts 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Projects and Sponsorships
GRI 203-1: Infrastructure investments and services supported Projects and Sponsorships
GRI 203-2: Significant indirect economic impacts Projects and Sponsorships
GRI 204: Procurement practices 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Green Products
GRI 204-1: Proportion of spending on local suppliers Regional Products
GRI FP1: Percentage of purchased volume from suppliers compliant with company‘s sourcing policy Raw Materials in Focus – Food
Raw Materials in Focus – Non-food
GRI FP2: Percentage of purchased volume which is verified as being in accordance with credible, internationally recognized responsible production standards, broken down by standard Organic
PRO PLANET
GRI 205: Anti-corruption 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Compliance
GRI 205-1: Operations assessed for risks related to corruption Compliance
GRI 205-2: Communication and training about anti-corruption policies and procedures Compliance
GRI 205-3: Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken Compliance
GRI 206: Anti-competitive Behavior 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Compliance
GRI 206-1: Legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices Compliance
GRI 301: Materials 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Materials
Packaging
GRI 301-1: Materials used by weight or volume Materials
Packaging
GRI 301-2: Recycled input materials used Materials
Packaging
GRI 302: Energy 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Energy
GRI 302-1: Energy consumption within the organization Energy
GRI 302-3: Energy intensity Energy
GRI 302-4: Reduction of energy consumption Energy
GRI 303: Water 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Water
GRI 303-1: Water withdrawal by source Water
GRI 304: Biodiversity 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Biodiversity
GRI 304-2: Significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity Biodiversity
GRI 305: Emissions 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Climate Protection
GRI 305-1: Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions Climate Protection
GRI 305-2: Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions Climate Protection
GRI 305-3: Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions Climate Protection
GRI 305-4: GHG emissions intensity Climate Protection
GRI 305-5: Reduction of GHG emissions Climate Protection
GRI 305-6: Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS) Climate Protection
GRI 305-7: Nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur oxides (SOX), and other significant air emissions Climate Protection
RRG1: Green Building
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Green Building
RG1-1: REWE stores that meet the requirements of the German Sustainable Building Council (Green Building) Green Building
GRI 306: Effluents and waste 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Waste
GRI 306-2: Waste by type and disposal method Waste
GRI 307: Environmental Compliance 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Compliance
GGRI 307-1: Non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations Compliance
GRI 308: Supplier Environmental Assessment 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Environmental Standards in the Supply Chain
GRI 308-2: Negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken Environmental Standards in the Supply Chain
Animal Welfare
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Animal Welfare
GRI FP10: Physical alterations Animal Welfare
GRI 401: Employment 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Employment
GRI 401-1: New employees hires and employee turnover Employment
GRI 401-3: Parental leave Employment
GRI 402: Labor/Management Relations 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Labour/Management Relations
GRI 402-1: Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes Labour/Management Relations
GRI 403: Occupational Health and Safety 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Occupational Health and Safety
GRI 403-2: Types of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities Occupational Health and Safety
GRI 403-3: Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation Occupational Health and Safety
GRI 404: Training and Education 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Education and Training Programmes
GRI 404-2: Programs for upgrading employee skills and transition assistance programs Education and Training Programmes
GRI 404-3: Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews Education and Training Programmes
GRI 405: Diversity and Equal Opportunity 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Diversity and Equal Opportunity
GRI 405-1: Diversity of governance bodies and employees Diversity and Equal Opportunity
GRI 406: Non-discrimination 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Non-discrimination
GRI 406-1: Incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken Non-discrimination
GRI 412: Human Rights Assessment 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Social Standards in the Supply Chain
GRI 412-2: Employee training on human rights policies or procedures Social Standards in the Supply Chain
GRI 413: Local Communities 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Child Protection
GRI 413-2: Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities Child Protection
GRI 414: Supplier Social Assessment 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Social Aspects in the Supply Chain
GRI 414-2: Negative social impacts in the supply chain and actions taken Social Aspects in the Supply Chain
GRI 415: Public Policy 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Public Policy
GRI 415-1: Political contributions Public Policy
GRI 416: Customer Health and Safety 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Customer Health and Safety
GRI 416-1: Assessment of the health and safety impacts of product and service categories Customer Health and Safety
GRI 416-2: Incidents of non-compliance concerning the health and safety impacts of products and services Customer Health and Safety
GRI 417: Marketing and Labeling 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Promoting Sustainable Consumption
GRI 417-1: Requirements for product and service information and labeling Promoting Sustainable Consumption
GRI 417-3: Incidents of non-compliance concerning marketing communications Promoting Sustainable Consumption
GRI 418: Customer Privacy 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Customer Privacy
GRI 418-1: Substantiated complaints concerning breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data Customer Privacy
GRI 419: Socioeconomic Compliance 2016
GRI 103: Management Approach 2016 (including GRI 103-1, 103-2, 103-3) Compliance
GRI 419-1: Non-compliance with laws and regulations in the social and economic area Compliance

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External assurance

To ensure quality and credibility, REWE Group engaged PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft to conduct a limited assurance review for select data of this report. The reviewed sections of the report are identified by this symbol . The audit opinion includes general data about the engagement and the presentation of the review results (see Independent Assurance Report).

The input data of the carbon footprint report were also reviewed by INFRAS AG and the Austrian Federal Environment Agency.

More topics:

REWE Group Portrait

GRI 102-1 – 102-7, 102-10

Employee Structure

GRI 102-8, 102-41

Supply Chain

GRI 102-9

Risk Management

GRI 102-11

Industry Initiatives and Memberships

GRI 102-12, 102-13

Principles and Guidelines

GRI 102-16, 102-17

Sustainability Strategy

GRI 102-18 – 102-21

Stakeholder Dialogue

GRI 102-40, 102-42 – 102-44

Materiality Analysis

GRI 102-45 – 102-47, 102-49

Economic Performance

GRI 201

Compliance

GRI 205, 206, 307, 419

Public Policy

GRI 415

Data protection

GRI 418