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11 November 2020

REWE Group joins the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a UN initiative

Lionel Souque: “Discrimination against women is socially unacceptable.”

Symbols of a man and a woman
The REWE Group has joined the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a UN initiative, and commits itself to empowering women within the company and in society at large. By signing the seven principles, the REWE Group pledges to continue to support gender equality in the workplace and to achieve this by implementing specific and measurable policies.

Lionel Souque, CEO of the REWE Group, says “The systematic disadvantage faced by women is still present in many industries. This is not only unacceptable from a social perspective; mixed-gendered teams are proven to be more successful from a business perspective and to have a positive impact on the culture of the entire company. At the REWE Group, women's empowerment in the workplace and in society includes issues such as equal pay, a balanced gender ratio in leadership positions, and a good work-life balance. We are putting particular emphasis on identifying and overcoming the specific areas where we have yet to fully achieve these goals in practice at our company. We want to create visibility and the right framework for more diversity in identities and skills.”

In 2019, women made up about 67% of the entire REWE Group workforce while occupying about 46% of all leadership roles. The REWE Group has set itself the goal of achieving a balanced gender ratio in leadership positions (managers and senior management) by 2025.

The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a joint initiative established by UN Women and UN Global Compact. They are guided by the international labour and human rights standards, the gender equality dimensions of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals. These include equal pay for work of equal value, gender-specific policies for the advancement of women, and zero-tolerance of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2019, the company generated a total external turnover of around 63 billion euros. Founded in 1927, the REWE Group has more than 360,000 employees in 24 European countries.

Sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER, BILLA, MERKUR and ADEG supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY, BIPA health and beauty store, and the toom Baumarkt DIY stores, as well as REWE To Go convenience stores and REWE Lieferservice and Zooroyal e-commerce platforms. The Lekkerland Group is the REWE Group business unit that is responsible for wholesales to convenience stores. Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik Group includes the tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo and Exim Tours, and more than 2,400 travel agencies (including DER Reisebüro, DERPART and partners), the hotel chains ITI Hotels, Club Calimera, COOEE, PrimaSol and Playitas Resort, and the direct tour operator,