REWE Group Sustainability Report 2017

Materiality Analysis

GRI 102-45: Entities included in the consolidated financial statements

The report covers REWE Combine companies for Germany and Austria. The 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. Nonetheless, more than 50 per cent of REWE Group’s employees have been covered. In reporting the data, it is clearly explained where reporting limits deviate. For instance, the data for the pillars of Energy, Climate and the Environment occasionally include independent retailers and locations outside Germany.

GRI 102-46: Defining report content and topic Boundaries

In 2014, REWE Group conducted a comprehensive materiality analysis that still applies for this report. In this work, a representative cross-section of relevant stakeholders was asked in personal interviews about their requirements, thoughts and strategic recommendations. In addition, an online questionnaire was filled out by 115 participants. The survey results were used to develop a ranking of 25 top-priority issues and 13 less critical issues. The latter group included various employee issues, topics of social involvement, transparent marketing, certification and labels, waste management, the circular economy, more sustainable packaging as well as biodiversity. These issues were intensely discussed in REWE Group project groups. It was concluded that all issues are critical to the combine’s continued involvement and to reporting. Because of current developments and scientific findings, more sustainable packaging and biodiversity have become increasingly important for all stakeholders. Therefore, these topics are very important for the involvement of REWE Group.

In March 2015, the PRO PLANET Board of Advisers, in which many NGOs are represented, reviewed and approved the results of the materiality analysis from 2014. The materiality analysis was then discussed and approved by REWE Group’s sustainability strategy group chaired by the former member of the Management Board, Manfred Esser.

Relevance from the Perspective of Internal and External Stakeholders

1. Product quality and safety 2. More sustainable products and services 3. Social standards in the supply chain 4. Responsibility in the supply chain 5. Expansion of regional product ranges 6. Human rights in the supply chain 7. Responsible handling of farm animals (animal welfare) 8. Energy efficiency 9. Conservation of resources 10. Business performance 11. Climate protection 12. Integrity and compliance 13. Sustainability in company management 14. Transparency and traceability 15. Training and education 16. Environmental standards and climate protection in the supply chain 17. Environmental protection 18. Consumer information on sustainability 19. Expansion of the organic product range 20. Fair business relationships 21. Sustainability awareness of employees 22. Fair working conditions 23. Water 24. Consumer information and sustainability training 25. More sustainable logistics 26. Life-phase-oriented personnel policies 27. Dialogue 28. Health management and occupational safety 29. Biodiversity 30. Certificates and labels 31. Promotion of the education and personal growth of children and adolescents 32. Transparent marketing 33. Waste management 34. Diversity and equal opportunity 35. More sustainable packaging 36. Promotion of healthy nutrition and exercise 37. Support of non-profit organisations and projects 38. Fight against child prostitution and violence against minors
Internal 3.05 2.97 2.87 2.73 2.70 2.61 2.55 2.40 2.35 2.35 2.35 2.30 2.29 2.25 2.25 2.20 2.20 2.15 2.10 2.05 2.00 2.00 1.90 1.80 1.75 1.65 1.60 1.55 1.55 1.50 1.50 1.45 1.45 1.30 1.30 1.30 1.20 0.66
External 1.82 2.38 2.19 2.47 1.08 2.23 1.95 1.37 1.96 0.98 2.10 2.16 2.33 0.99 2.01 2.01 2.32 1.83 1.53 2.16 1.60 1.93 1.56 1.83 1.68 0.88 1.92 1.01 1.57 0.72 1.65 1.52 1.42 1.19 1.32 1.19 0.70 0.20

Classification of significant issues in GRI aspects

GRI 102-47: List of material topics

GRI 102-49: Changes in reporting

For the 2017 sustainability report of REWE Group, the allocation of the aspects to be reported from the 2015/2016 financial year were used again, as a comprehensive strategy process was carried out for REWE and PENNY only in 2016. As part of this, various issues of sustainability involvement with regard to stakeholder expectations and social developments were revised. To address the results in the reporting, new aspects like animal welfare, more sustainable procurement, Green Buildings and biodiversity were added as part of a comparison.

Topics of the stakeholder survey, partially combined Classified GRI aspects
Green Products
  • More sustainable products and services
  • Expansion of regional product ranges
  • Expansion of the organic product range
  • Certificates and labels
Procurement Practices (GRI 204)
  • Responsibility in the supply chain
  • Social standards in the supply chain
  • Human rights in the supply chain
  • Environmental standards and climate protection in the supply chain
Supplier Social Assessment (GRI 414), Human Rights Assessment (GRI 412), Supplier Environmental Assessment (GRI 308)
Product quality and safety Customer Health and Safety (GRI 416)
Responsible handling of farm animals Animal welfare (FP10)
  • Consumer information on sustainability
  • Transparency and traceability
  • Transparent marketing
Marketing and Labeling (GRI 417)
Biodiversity Biodiversity (GRI 304)
More sustainable packaging Materials and Packaging (GRI 301)
Energy, Climate and the Environment
Conservation of resources Materials and Packaging (GRI 301), Green Building (RG1)
Climate Protection Emissions (GRI 305)
Energy efficiency Energy (GRI 302)
Water Water (GRI 303)
More sustainable logistics Energy (GRI 302), Emissions (GRI 305)
Waste management Effluents and waste (GRI 306)
Employees
Fair working conditions Employment (GRI 401), Labor/Management Relations (GRI 402)
  • Training and education
  • Sustainability awareness of employees
Training and Education (GRI 404)
Health management and occupational safety Occupational Health and Safety (GRI 403)
Life-phase-oriented personnel policies Employment (GRI 401)
Diversity and equal opportunity Diversity and Equal Opportunity (GRI 405), Non-discrimination (GRI 406)
Social Involvement
Consumer information and sustainability training Indirect Economic Impacts (GRI 203)
Promotion of healthy nutrition and exercise Indirect Economic Impacts (GRI 203)
Education and personal growth of children and adolescents Indirect Economic Impacts (GRI 203)
Support of non-profit organisations Indirect Economic Impacts (GRI 203)
Fight against child prostitution and violence against minors at holiday destinations Local Communities (GRI 413)
Company Management
Sustainability in company management GRI Standard Disclosures
Integrity and compliance
  • Anti-corruption (GRI 205)
  • Public Policy (GRI 415)
  • Socio Economic Compliance (GRI 419)
  • Customer Privacy (GRI 418)
Fair business relationships Anti-competitive Behaviour (GRI 206)
Dialogue GRI Standard disclosures
Business performance Economic Performance (GRI 201)

More topics:

GRI 102-18 - 102-21

Sustainability Strategy

GRI 102-1 – 102-7, 102-10

REWE Group Portrait

GRI 102-8, 102-41

Employee Structure

GRI 102-9

Supply chain

GRI 102-12, 102-13

Initiatives and Memberships

GRI 102-16, 102-17

Ethics and Integrity

GRI 102-45 – 102-47, 102-49

Materiality

GRI 102-40, 102-42 – 102-44

Stakeholder Dialogue

GRI 102-48, 102-50 – 102-56

Report Profile

GRI 201

Economic Performance

GRI 205, 206, 307, 419

Compliance

GRI 415

Public Policy

GRI 418

Customer Privacy