The Annual Report 2014 is titled "Our Word in Motion" and it presents the economic development of the REWE Group. Aside from the key figures and the reports by the management board it containes a magazine about the "Trade of the Future"
REWE Group takes its responsibility for the society and the environment seriously. It is our aim to assure the use of safer chemicals in the whole lifecycle and production procedures of apparel and footwear products, including all home textiles by no later than January 2020. Therefore, the REWE Group has joined the Detox commitment in December 2014.
With consideration to the fishing season, our goal is to not list or sell any endangered species or fish from over-exploited stocks. This and other aspects are specified in the “Guidelines for fish, crustaceans and shellfish”. The area of application of these guidelines comprises all food store brand products of REWE Group which contain fish, crustaceans and shellfish, as well as the fresh fish range.
REWE Group publishes its progress in this area in an annual status report on fish.
As first trading company in Germany, REWE Group in 2009 published a comprehensive status report on chemical crop protection in fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2011, the third report was published. Again the the independent Austrian environmental organisation GLOBAL 2000 was commissioned with the analysis and evaluation of the data gathered.
With its "Guideline for Soy in Animal Feed", REWE Group demands and promotes the successive substitution of soy meal imported from South America with domestic and European protein sources. This should, first of all, contribute to limit the negative effects of changes in land use in South America. An additional benefit of prioritising domestic sources of protein for feed (e.g. leguminous plants) is that the increased cultivation of domestic protein plants enriches European agriculture through crop rotation and thereby also helps to cut the use of climate-damaging nitrogen fertilisers. REWE Group has defined freedom from genetic engineering as one of its demands.
Given the growing market and the foreseeable scarcity of raw materials for organic products, REWE Group is aware that the supply of high quality organic raw materials can only be ensured through long-term supplier relations and cooperations. Together with its suppliers, REWE Group aims to strengthen its organic store brands and expand its range of organic products for its customers.
REWE Group requires its suppliers throughout the supply chain – from wholesale to stone processing through to the quarries – to comply with the minimum standards summarised in the guideline for Natural Stone Products. This guideline, which was drawn up in cooperation with external experts and NGOs, includes comprehensive supplier requirements regarding social responsibility, occupational safety and environmental protection, specifications for product traceability and for independent controls. Furthermore, REWE Group is dedicated to making suppliers, employees and customers aware of the significance of a more sustainable natural stone production and offering them guidance and recommendations for action in the form of the guideline for Natural Stone Products.
REWE Group wants to heighten awareness of its employees, suppliers and customers for the issue of “more sustainable cocoa cultivation”. The aim is to increase the proportion of cocoa from sustainable cultivation in the private label brands of REWE Group. The objective is to ensure that all of the unprocessed cocoa used for the production of private label products comes from a more sustainable producer structure with full awareness of our responsibility. The corresponding guideline is applicable to all of the REWE Group private label products which include cocoa in their ingredients.
Guideline for Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil Products
REWE Group pursues a strategy of sustainability because it believes it has a responsibility to future generations. Compliance with this principle has prompted REWE Group to take steps which will heighten awareness of its employees, suppliers and customers for the issue of “more sustainable oil palm cultivation”. The implementation of the “Guideline for Palm Oil and Palm Oil Products” is intended as a serious contribution towards this goal. This guideline is applicable to all of the conventional private label products of REWE Group which include palm oil and palm kernel oil in their ingredients.
The release of the "Guidelines for sustainable Business Practices" intensifies the activities of the REWE Group in the field of environmental sustainability. The 27-page publication released on january 24th, 2011, documents the values the company stands for and describes how the REWE Group business relationships should be characterised with respect to environment and society. The Guidelines are divided into three main sections: "Responsable action", "Labour and Social Standards" and "Environmental and Animal Protection".
The women's lifestyle magazine Laviva was initiated by REWE Group in 2008 and is currently managed by G+J Corporate Editors in Hamburg. The magazine reaches about 1 Mio. readers every month. They profit from a double added value: the product coupons with a value of more than 60 euros and the high level of service, information and entertainment. At a price of 1 euro a copy, this offer is unique on the German press landscape. Laviva is available exclusively in the more than 6,500 REWE Group stores country wide, such as REWE, Kaufpark, PENNY, Toom Baumarkt as well as at all railway stations and airports in Germany.
REWE Group has continued its course to more growth, as reflected in the Annual Report 2004. The Management Board has not attempted to achieve growth at all costs, but instead to strengthen the earning power of the overall company. Aside from achieving profitability, REWE Group also emphasised raising awareness of the firm, improving the focus of all its sales concepts and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its organisation both nationally and internationally.
The Annual Report 2005 gives you an overview of the key economic data and figures for REWE Group. It also tells you everything you need to know about the major structural reform at the company. In addition, the Annual Report 2005 gives for the first time a thorough description of the diverse activities undertaken by REWE Group on the matter of sustainable development.
This year's annual report takes a closer look at the subject of quality of life because our two main fields of business - trading and tourism and tourism - have an impact on quality of life each day. Offering the quality of life that customers want is REWE Group's central task: for the co-operative's members and employees, as well as for suppliers and manufacturers throughout Europe.
The thorough re-structuring of REWE Group is bearing fruit: 2007 was one of the most successful years in the long history of the trading and tourism company. Besides the achievement of a new record turnover, also the earnings experienced a considerable growth. At the same time, the sustainability of REWE Group was further improved.