REWE Group Sustainability Report 2017

Ethics and Integrity

GRI 102-16: Values, principles, standards, and norms of behavior

With the goal of “The Best Performance – for Customers, Retailers and Employees”, the fundamental values of REWE Group were formulated in the mission statement drawn up in 2008:

  • We act independently according to the ideas of community!
  • We work for the customer – we are at the heart of the market!
  • We welcome new directions. Standing still means going backwards!
  • We act with integrity and treat one another with respect! We keep our word!
  • We strive to find the best solution, make considered decisions and act consistently!
  • We are aware of our responsibility and act sustainably!

Rules governing the upstanding behaviour of all employees and managers including the Management Board and the Supervisory Board members are specified and bindingly formulated in REWE Group’s code of conduct. The code is also designed to serve as a guide to those who work with REWE Group.

The foundation of sustainable activities at REWE Group are the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices. It takes concrete form in the principle “We are aware of our responsibility and act sustainably!” As a result, it provides binding orientation for employees, managers, business partners and suppliers.

GRI 102-17: Mechanisms for advice and concerns about ethics

After introducing a professional anti-corruption system in 2007, REWE Group decided in 2010 to set up an autonomous, decentralised compliance organisation: The Corporate Department of Governance & Compliance bundles and coordinates all compliance-relevant activities in REWE Group. A compliance officer serves as an expert contact partner in each business unit and country company.

The aim of REWE Group’s Compliance Management System (CMS) is to prevent violations of laws and internal company rules and, thus, to preclude damage to the company and personal liability of the company’s bodies and employees. To achieve this objective, a compliance programme has been developed. This programme comprises a number of preventative measures, including risk assessments, training and consulting. Violations of legal regulations or internal rules, particularly regarding corruption, can be reported to compliance officers or an external ombudsman using a combine-wide whistleblower system. The officers are contact points for all employees of REWE Group or third parties who have reason to think that such violations have occurred (for more information, see Compliance in the GRI Report).

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 102-45 – 102-47, 102-49


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


GRI 415

Public Policy

GRI 418

Customer Privacy