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Sustainability Report 2021

The REWE Group acts in an environmentally and climate-conscious way, promotes more sustainable product ranges, maintains fair dealings with partners and suppliers, assumes responsibility for its employees and works towards a sustainable society. This report outlines how the company has implemented its sustainability strategy in 2021 – and how it intends to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Key targets


climate neutrality

on a company level


reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

along the store brand supply chain at REWE and PENNY Germany by the end of 2030


share of more environmentally
friendly store brand packaging

at REWE and PENNY Germany
by the end of 2030


reduction in food waste

by 2030


fresh meat from livestock
farming systems 3 and 4

by 2030


gender balance in management positions

by 2025

Sustainability in the Spotlight

These are the issues that are particularly important to the REWE Group. Find out what the company is doing to address them.

We want to make a measurable contribution to limiting global warming.
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We want to preserve and foster biodiversity.
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We want to limit our use of packaging to the minimum necessary – and make unavoidable packaging more environmentally friendly and recyclable.
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We want to promote animal welfare across the board. Where animal products are concerned, we are serious about our responsibility to advocate and actively help shape appropriate livestock farming practices.
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Animal welfare

We want to strengthen human rights, improve working conditions and promote fair trade.
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Human rights

Sustainability Along the Value Chain

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations address the global challenges of sustainable development. The REWE Group conducted an analysis to identify which SDGs are relevant to its operations. Here the company shows how it can contribute to their achievement – from purchasing and cultivation to logistics and customers.

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Selected Supply Chains

As a trade and tourism company, the REWE Group strives to reduce the potential environmental and social impacts of its actions wherever possible. These efforts also extend to its supply chains, which the group of companies analyses at various levels in order to assess the associated social and environmental risks. Click the link below for a transparent and interactive account of what we do to reduce our impact in selected supply chains.

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REWE Group Sustainability Report 2021

The report documents the progress that REWE Group made in the implementation of its sustainability strategy in 2021. It describes the REWE Group’s strategic approaches to the main sustainability issues relevant to it and shows the results of its activities by means of key figures and projects.

The report is based on the standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and classifies the key GRI aspects under the four pillars of REWE Group’s sustainability strategy. Using the sorting function, you can arrange the aspects according to their sequence under the GRI.

External Assurance

The REWE Group has some of the data in its reports audited by KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft AG on a limited assurance basis. Audited parts of the report are marked with a . The independent assurance report includes data about the engagement and the presentation of the review results (see Independent Assurance Report).

GRI indicators

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Foreword by Lionel Souque

GRI 102-14

REWE Group Portrait

GRI 102-1 – 102-7, 102-10

Employee Structure

GRI 102-8, 102-41

Supply Chain

GRI 102-9

Risk Management

GRI 102-11

Initiatives and Memberships

GRI 102-12, 102-13

Principles and Guidelines

GRI 102-16


GRI 102-17, 205, 206, 307, 419

Sustainability Strategy

GRI 102-18 – 102-21

Stakeholder Dialogue

GRI 102-21, 102-40, 102-42 – 102-44

Report Profile

GRI 102-45, 102-48, 102-50 – 102-56

Materiality Analysis

GRI 102-46, 102-47, 102-49

Economic Performance

GRI 201


GRI 207

Collaboration with Political Leaders

GRI 415

Data Protection

GRI 418

Digital Responsibility

RG 2

Strategic Approach Green Products

Product-related Risk Analyses

GRI 102-11


GRI 204

Raw Materials in Focus – Food


Raw Materials in Focus – Non-food






Animal Welfare





GRI 301

Circular Economy

GRI 301, 306


GRI 303


GRI 304

Climate Protection in the Supply Chain

GRI 305

Environmental Aspects in the Supply Chain

GRI 308

Child Labour and Forced Labour

GRI 408, 409

Social Aspects in the Supply Chain

GRI 412, 414

Living Wages and Income

GRI 414

Women in the Supply Chain

GRI 414

Customer Health and Product Safety

GRI 416

Promoting Sustainable Consumption

GRI 417

Energy, Climate and the Environment


GRI 301


GRI 302

Operational Water Consumption

GRI 303

Climate protection on a company level

GRI 305


GRI 306

Logistics and Mobility

GRI 307

Green Building

RG 1


Career and Stages of Life

GRI 401

Labour/Management Relations

GRI 402

Occupational Health and Safety Management

GRI 403

Training and Education

GRI 404

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

GRI 405

Equal Treatment

GRI 406

Social Commitment

Projects and Sponsorships

GRI 203

Child Protection

GRI 413

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