To support future-oriented economic, nutritional and environmental policies, REWE Group conducts a dialogue with political leaders on various levels and promotes public discourse.
REWE Group maintains offices in Berlin and Brussels that serve as platforms for dialogue and discussions with key stakeholders for trade, travel and tourism as well as REWE Group. REWE Group excludes no one who shares its values and principles from this dialogue. During the reporting period, a number of background meetings and events were held. Invitations to these meetings were extended to many policy makers from a range of parties. Topics on the agenda included sustainability, digitalisation and animal welfare. Representatives of REWE Group also met with officeholders and officials from government authorities to inform them about relevant issues and to explain the company’s interests. Representatives of REWE Group also participated as speakers and discussion partners at events that were organised by government authorities, political parties and trade associations and that explored political and social issues that apply to REWE Group which, as a trade and tourism company, is affected by legislative procedure such as the German Packaging Act or further developments of the law regarding part-time work.
Donations made to parties or political groups, elected representatives, government authorities, churches and other religious groups must be approved by the Management Board member responsible for the particular area and the Chief Compliance Officer of REWE Group. Every donation must comply with legal regulations and regulatory guidelines at REWE Group, including the code of conduct.
REWE Group conducted no political party sponsoring during the reporting period. No information is available for retailers. In 2016, REWE Group joined a business group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany, Wirtschaftsforum der SPD e.V., and a Christian Democratic Union business group, Wirtschaftsrat der CDU e.V. The annual dues for both memberships are about 33,000 euros. REWE Group has also been a member of the Wirtschaftsbeirat (economic advisory board) dialogue platform of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group since 2018.