REWE Group has defined fundamental values, norms of behaviour, the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices and various raw material-specific guidelines so that responsible action takes root in the company as well as in the supply chains.
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:
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 foundations of sustainable activities at REWE Group are the Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices. They take 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.
In its Human Rights Policy Statement, REWE Group commits to strengthening human rights and preventing human rights violations. This commitment applies both to its own business activities and to the global delivery and value chains.
The guidelines of REWE Group represent an important instrument in the work aimed at making the supply chains of critical raw materials more sustainable. In these, the company sets standards covering the supply of raw materials like cocoa, palm oil and fish. It also establishes a deadline for the transition to more sustainable raw materials. REWE Group had approved the following guidelines by the start of 2019:
In 2019, further guidelines will be published and existing ones updated.
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 the responsible 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, also see the Compliance section).