3 questions for Marcel Weber, Managing Director of National and International Own-Brand Goods
What are the results of the REWE Group’s supplier survey on the current state of climate protection?
Marcel Weber: Unfortunately, the survey revealed that very few suppliers are engaging effectively with the issue of climate protection. Very few respondents are following a clearly defined strategy based on the SBTi requirements. These results have given us even greater impetus to press ahead with our plans. Doing so requires time and commitment, but there is no alternative.
Gropper dairy and hygiene paper manufacturer WEPA presented their schemes at the Climate roundtable event. These companies have already made considerable progress in terms of climate protection. Could they be a model for other suppliers?
Marcel Weber: We consciously chose to invite two suppliers that have already overcome a number of obstacles to report on their experiences. We wanted to alleviate other companies’ concerns that they wouldn’t be able to get to grips with such a complicated issue. Climate protection is learning by doing. So much can happen on the way to achieving your goal that it is always important to keep looking around to see what others are doing, having conversations – and crucially – calling in external expertise.
The coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine are causing huge problems in many supply chains. Some companies might therefore be tempted to cut back their climate protection activities because other things always seem more important at the moment.
Marcel Weber: There is an enormous need for action to protect the climate. No one should be allowed to give less priority to this task, not even in challenging times. We at the REWE Group want to forge ahead with a clear commitment and decisive action.