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January 22, 2016

REWE Group named Top Employer Germany 2016

Certification second year in a row is proof of consistent employee focus

The REWE Group has been certified by the Top Employers Institute as Top Employer Germany 2016 for its exceptional employee focus. In order to be eligible, the Group had to successfully pass a six-stage certification programme. This was a standardized assessment process in which independent experts evaluated and then audited employee development opportunities with regard to talent strategy, personnel planning, onboarding of new employees, training and development, performance management, executive development, career and succession planning, compensations and benefits, and corporate culture. The REWE Group was previously certified as Top Employer Germany 2015. The certification company, Top Employers Institute – formerly known as the CRF Institute – is headquartered in the Netherlands and has recognised Top Employers around the world since 1991.

Steffen Neefe, Top Employers Institute Country Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “The best employee conditions are those in which people develop both in their private and professional lives. Our detailed assessment showed that the REWE Group has created an excellent employee environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives. These range from secondary benefits and working conditions to a performance management system that is entirely in harmony with the corporate culture.”

“We are seeing a trend where career starters and employees still regard classic career opportunities and appropriate pay as important, but where new additional factors are starting to play a part in decisions to move to or stay with a particular employer. As a company, we will have to adapt to these changing conditions or face losing out against the competition in the search for good personnel. We therefore ensure that we offer our employees solutions that fit their individual life situation.  This means, for example, that someone starting out in their career has different needs to fledgling parents with their first child. That is why, after our first certification in 2015, we are so proud of this year’s certification, as it certainly shows that we are on the right track”, said Oliver Holler, Head of the Personnel Division at REWE Group's headquarters.

The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2014, the company generated a total external turnover of around 51 billion euros. Founded in 1927, REWE Group operates 15,000 stores with 330,000 employees in 12 European countries. In 2014, around 228,000 employees generated turnover totalling 37 billion euros in approximately 10,000 stores in Germany.

Sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY and BILLA supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY as well toom Baumarkt and B1 Discount Baumarkt DIY stores. In addition, there are the organic supermarkets (TEMMA), innovative convenience stores (REWE To Go), the gastronomic concept “Oh Angie!” and e-commerce activities (REWE online with a pick-up and delivery service). Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik includes the tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen and Travelix as well as Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen and ADAC Reisen and the business travel division FCm Travel Solutions and more than 2,100 travel agencies (e.g. DER Reisebüro, DERPART), the hotel chains lti hotels, Club Calimera and PrimaSol Hotels and the direct tour operator,