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14 November 2013

WWF Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard 2013

The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) placed REWE Group at the top of its ranking in its “Palm Oil Buyers’ Scorecard 2013”, awarding it the highest number of points (12 out of 12).

REWE Group is the only one of the 157 German companies tested to have been awarded full points. The WWF bases its assessment of companies from the consumer goods industry and from retail on their contribution to sustainable palm oil cultivation.

“The market survey of the WWF confirmed that we are the most sustainable key player in the German speaking area in terms of palm oil strategy,” said Dr. Ludger Breloh, Division Manager of “Green Products” at REWE Group. “A broad and more sustainable palm oil strategy can only be implemented effectively with global and consistent effort. One of the most important challenges remains that of greatly increasing the demand for certified palm oil in order to complement existing certification systems with stricter criteria in the next step,” continued Breloh.

Palm (kernel) oil is one of the most important raw materials for providing the population with vegetable oil and fats. About every second product in the supermarket contains palm oil or palm kernel oil. However, most of the palm oil production generated by monoculture is coupled with numerous ecological and social problems. Valuable natural habitats and therefore important supplies of CO2 are destroyed.

REWE Group Guideline for Palm Oil
The problems generated by palm oil production prompted REWE Group at the beginning of 2011 to implement the “REWE Group Guideline for Palm oil and Palm Kernel Oil Products”. This guideline forms the basis of the “Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil” (RSPO) certification standard. They apply to all conventional store brand products which contain palm oil. Suppliers are requested to implement the requirements of the palm oil guideline as quickly as possible and to use only RSPO-certified palm oil and palm kernel oil for REWE Group store brand products.

Forum on Sustainable Palm Oil
Two core challenges are so far excluded from the RSPO criteria: carbon footprint and the protection of peat swamp forests. In order to improve the situation of oil palm cultivation in the long term, fundamental changes are necessary. REWE Group therefore founded the “Forum on Sustainable Palm Oil” in collaboration with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the WWF as well as with its industrial partners. Together, REWE Group aims to use this industry-wide initiative to promote more sustainable palm oil and palm kernel oil on a broader level and to tighten the criteria of the RSPO. REWE Group focuses on the carbon footprint and protection of peat swamp forests.

The cooperative REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2012, the company generated a total external turnover of around 50 billion euros. REWE Group, founded in 1927, operates 15,500 stores with 328,000 employees in 13 European countries. In 2012, around 226,000 employees generated sales totalling 36 billion euros in about 11,000 stores in Germany.

Our sales lines include supermarkets and consumer stores under the REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY, toom and BILLA brands, the PENNY discounter brand as well as toom Baumarkt DIY stores and B1 discount DIY stores. Under the umbrella of DER Touristik, travel and tourism includes the tour operators ITS, Jan Reisen and Tjaereborg, as well as Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen, and the business travel division FCm Travel Solutions with over 2,100 travel agencies (including DER Reisebüro, DERPART), and the hotel chains lti hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels, and the direct tour operator