REWE Group Sustainability Report 2018

Employee Structure

GRI 102-8:

Information on employees and other workers

The total number of employees in REWE Combine in Germany and Austria, including independent retailers (scope of the sustainability report), rose from 224,879 (2017) to 231,863 (2018). Across Europe, REWE Group currently employs about 360,000 people.

This financial year, for the first time, the scope of the report also includes around 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.

Not included in this are the other foreign companies of REWE Group, national and international companies that are not part of the combine, independent retailers, REWE Supermärkte Nord, REWE Dortmund SE, akzenta, REWE Spedition und Logistik GmbH and the small companies Mayflor, ZooRoyal, Eurogroup and commercetools GmbH in Germany as well as ADEG and Sutterlüty in Austria. Due to the inclusion of employees of independent retailers in the scope, this no longer corresponds to that of the 2017 sustainability report; accordingly, the personnel key figures were changed retrospectively.

The percentage of trainees among the workforce in Germany and Austria has been relatively stable for years. In 2018, the share was 3.7 per cent, just as in 2017. In the reporting period, the share of part-time employees (excluding marginally employed individuals and trainees) was around 42 per cent, just as in the previous year. The share of open-ended full-time employees was about 85 per cent in 2018. As a rule, all new employment contracts in Austria are fixed-term contracts. These country-specific limited contracts are included in the number of fixed-term, or temporary, employment contracts.

Employees by employment contract, gender and region

Germany
2016 (female) 2016 (male) 2016 (total) 2017 (female) 2017 (male) 2017 (total) 2018 ✓ (female) 2018 ✓ (male) 2018 ✓ (total)
Temporary contract 16299 12724 29023 16537 13534 30071 15838 13633 29471
Open-ended full-time contract 100405 45255 145660 104469 48139 152608 107667 51314 158981
Austria
2016 (female) 2016 (male) 2016 (total) 2017 (female) 2017 (male) 2017 (total) 2018 ✓ (female) 2018 ✓ (male) 2018 ✓ (total)
Temporary contract 2451 934 3385 2727 1057 3784 2981 1171 4152
Open-ended full-time contract 28362 9921 38283 28498 9918 38416 29102 10157 39259
All regions
2016 (female) 2016 (male) 2016 (total) 2017 (female) 2017 (male) 2017 (total) 2018 ✓ (female) 2018 ✓ (male) 2018 ✓ (total)
Temporary contract 18750 13658 32408 19264 14591 33855 18819 14804 33623
Open-ended full-time contract 128767 55176 183943 132967 58057 191024 136769 61471 198240

Employees by type of employment and gender

Female
2016 2017 2018 ✓
Full time 32869 34760 36232
Part time 81778 84952 86787
Trainees 3948 4040 4126
Marginally employed 28922 28479 28443
Male
2016 2017 2018 ✓
Full time 40397 42338 44276
Part time 8931 9979 10910
Trainees 3950 4188 4361
Marginally employed 15556 16143 16728
Total
2016 2017 2018 ✓
Full time 73266 77098 80508
Part time 90709 94931 97679
Trainees 7898 8228 8487
Marginally employed 44478 44622 45171

Percentage distribution of employees by business segment

2016
Retail Germany 148466
Retail International 41668
DIY Stores 14992
Travel and Tourism 5075
Other 6156
2017
Retail Germany 155454
Retail International 42200
DIY Stores 15424
Travel and Tourism 5179
Other 6628
2018 ✓
Retail Germany 161033
Retail International 43366
DIY Stores 15453
Travel and Tourism 5133
Other 6878

GRI 102-41:

Collective bargaining agreements

As of 31 December 2018, 173,440 of the 176,963 employees of the group company (excluding the employees of REWE independent retailers in the partnership model) were subject to collective bargaining agreements and/or employer/works council agreements. This represents a coverage of 98 per cent. In terms of the scope of the sustainability report that includes independent retailers, 74.8 per cent of employees were subject to collective bargaining agreements and/or employer/works council agreements. REWE independent retailers are independent companies with the legal form of a general mercantile partnership. Collective bargaining coverage is usually established when a company joins an employers’ association. It is down to REWE independent retailers to decide whether to join. Retailers must commit to REWE Group’s minimum standards regarding personnel matters. This naturally includes compliance with all laws, e.g. regarding minimum wages.

More topics:

REWE Group Portrait

GRI 102-1 – 102-7, 102-10

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

Report Profile

GRI 102-48, 102-50 – 102-56

Economic Performance

GRI 201

Compliance

GRI 205, 206, 307, 419

Public Policy

GRI 415

Data protection

GRI 418