Entities included in the consolidated financial statements
This report covers the REWE Combine companies for Germany and Austria, including independent retailers in the partnership model (hereinafter identified as retailers in the report).
A clear declaration in reporting the data has been made in those places where detection limits deviate. As part of this practise, REWE Dortmund and locations outside Germany and Austria are included in the energy data of the pillar Energy, Climate and the Environment.
The key figures for the pillar Employees also include the approximately 72,000 employees of independent REWE retailers who operate their stores primarily on the basis of the REWE partnership model. For this purpose, REWE and the individual retailer jointly establish a general mercantile partnership. The key figures cover all retailers who can be recorded via a central accounting system – a figure that totals about 95 per cent.
The business-related sustainability activities undertaken by the independent retailers are tracked only in individual cases and reported there due to the large number of activities and the retailers’ commercial independence. This is also the case for locations outside Germany and Austria.
Restatements of information
The new business segment Convenience was formed as part of the acquisition of the Lekkerland Group effective 1 January 2020. The segment comprises the divisions Convenience Germany, Convenience International and Convenience Central Businesses. The integration of the Lekkerland Group was not fully completed in financial year 2021. This process will continue to take some time due to data integration, process harmonisation and goal setting. For this reason, the Lekkerland sales line is not generally included in the data and key figures. A specific mention is made if the data and key figures from Lekkerland are used.
The method for collecting the data for the carbon footprint on the company level was modified in 2021. Unlike previous reporting years, the focus of the data collection was expanded from Germany and Austria to all countries and companies where the REWE Group does business. In addition, 2019 was defined as a new base year and replaced the former base year of 2006. As a result, the new targets correspond to an emission level that considers the positive effect created by the use of green power in Germany and Austria. Where necessary, the data in the section climate protection on the company level as well as Energy for 2019 and 2020 was recalculated on this basis and may no longer correspond with information contained in the Sustainability Reports for 2019 and 2020.
In the area of Employees, minimum deviations from previous years’ figures occurred. No special reference is made to them due to their negligibility. These deviations arose as a result of a switch made in 2021 to a new data model in the evaluation software. The chapter Economic Performance is affected by this change.
The REWE Group’s Sustainability Report 2021 is based on business year 2021 (1st January 2021 to 31th December 2021). It was released on 27th June 2022. The editorial deadline was 12th June 2022.
Date of most recent report
The REWE Group’s Sustainability Report 2020 was released on 30th June 2021.
The REWE Group has been issuing its Sustainability Report annually since 2017. The report was issued biennially between 2009 and 2016.
Contact point for questions regarding the report
Many specialised employees from a range of units at the REWE Group worked on this sustainability report. They practise sustainability in various departments, countries and numerous thematic areas. The Corporate Responsibility Department led by Nicola Tanaskovic is responsible for the preparation of the report and is the contact point for all questions regarding it:
Telephone: +49 221 149-1791
Editorial note: In this report, the REWE Group uses respectful, gender-neutral language.
Claims of reporting in accordance with the GRI standards
This report was prepared in accordance with the GRI Standards: “Core” option.
GRI content index
Like last year’s report, the Sustainability Report 2021 is based on the GRI Standards. In the statement of the Materiality Disclosures Service, the GRI Services Team confirms that the GRI Content Index is presented comprehensibly and the references for disclosures 102-40 to 102-49 match the corresponding sections in the report.
The REWE Group engages KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft AG to conduct a limited assurance review for select data of this report. The reviewed sections of the report are identified by this symbol . The independent assurance report includes data about the engagement and the presentation of the review results (see Independent Assurance Report).
The carbon footprint report is calculated and reviewed by an external service provider: by INFRAS AG for Germany and by denkstatt GmbH for Austria and CEE.