Poultry products bearing the PRO PLANET label are added to the REWE and PENNY ranges in January 2013. REWE Group requires producers of poultry bearing the PRO PLANET label to gradually lower the level of soybean meal from overseas sources used in their feed and to replace it with European protein sources. Genetically modified feed may not be used, and husbandry practices for poultry should be improved.
The Supervisory Board of REWE Group extends the Management Board contracts of Manfred Esser and Frank Wiemer for five years each, ensuring continuity in the Management Board of REWE Group.
REWE Far East Ltd. holds its first supplier summit in Shanghai at the end of March. The conference is attended by the Top 100 suppliers. REWE Far East is REWE Group’s own purchasing and sourcing organisation with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Bangkok.
REWE Group is stepping up its commitment to more sustainable consumption. As part of this effort, it holds three dialogue forums with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), customers and experts from the worlds of business, science and politics in 2013. The names of the forums are “Resource Conservation”, “Animal and Plant Protection” and “Social Responsibility”. At the same time, sustainability weeks are held at REWE, toom consumer markets, nahkauf, PENNY, toom Baumarkt DIY stores and DER Touristik.
REWE Group invests in securing its data-processing systems and lays the cornerstone for a new backup computing centre in Cologne-Porz.
REWE Group, Henkel, Unilever and WWF create the “Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil” on 2 September 2013. The forum promotes more sustainable production of palm oil in such countries as Indonesia and Malaysia. The members have pledged to use only certified, more sustainably produced palm oil by no later than the end of 2014.
On 3 September 2013, REWE Group issues its “Guideline for Soy in Animal Feed” in a step that underscores its commitment to more sustainable feed production. By introducing the guideline, the company is working to make the soybean-meal feed used as a source of protein in the production of milk and dairy products, eggs and meat more sustainable and responsible. REWE Group is also a charter member of “Donau Soja”, an association dedicated to promoting the cultivation of non-genetically modified soybeans in the Danube region of Europe.
REWE Group achieves its initial climate target – cutting its CO2 emissions per square metre of sales area by 30 per cent by 2015 compared with the base year of 2006 – two years ahead of schedule. A new climate target is announced on 6 September 2013: By 2022, the company plans to cut its specific greenhouse gas emissions in half compared with the base year of 2006.
Five years after its introduction, Laviva, the women’s lifestyle magazine of REWE Group, has nearly 1 million readers and a paid circulation of more than 300,000 copies. As a result, it is one of Germany’s top-performing women’s magazines published monthly.
REWE Group acquires a minority interest in Home24 GmbH, Berlin. Home24 is Germany’s largest online furniture store.
REWE Group signs a new syndicated line of credit totalling 1.75 billion euros. The credit agreement with an international consortium of 21 banks has a five-year term and two extension options of one year each.
The cosmetic store brand “today” becomes REWE Group’s first group-wide store brand. The brand is available in all REWE and PENNY stores.
In September 2013, REWE Group releases its fifth Status Report on Chemical Pesticides. In this effort, REWE Group asked GLOBAL 2000 to test 100 different types of fruit and vegetables from 74 countries stored in central warehouses for pesticide residues. The result: 99.7 per cent of all samples fell below the acute reference dose (ARfD) set by WHO. The dose equals the maximum daily ingestion total of a child.
REWE Group releases its third Sustainability Report at the Stakeholder Forum in Berlin on 7 November 2013. The report documents the far-ranging commitment of REWE Group in 2011 and 2012 to promote more sustainable development, outlining the strategic priorities, core issues, performances, opportunities and risks associated with this effort in a transparent and verifiable manner.
On 22 November 2013, REWE, PENNY and toom Baumarkt DIY stores receive the Gold Medal of the German consumer-protection initiative “Die Verbraucher Initiative e.V.” for their exceptional sustainability communications in retail.
Dr Jean-Jacques van Oosten assumes the new position of Chief Digital Officer on 1 December 2013. He is also appointed a fully authorised representative of REWE Group at the same time.
Other executives who are named fully authorised representatives are Janusz Kulik (Management Board REWE International AG), Stefan Magel (Managing Director PENNY Markt GmbH and member of the Executive Board of National Discount Stores / Sales and Marketing) and Martin Orterer (Managing Director of REWE Markt GmbH and Management of National Full-Range Stores).
On 31 December 2013, REWE Group acquires the remaining 50 per cent interest in EHA Energie-Handels-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG. EHA is an energy service provider that focuses on companies with many locations and is one of Germany’s largest providers of certified green power.