11 November 2020

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

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

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.

About REWE Group

The cooperatively organized REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2020, the company generated a total external turnover of around 75 billion euros. Founded in 1927, REWE Group operates with 380,000 employees in 21 European countries.

The sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER and BILLA as well as BILLA PLUS and ADEG supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY, IKI, the drugstores BIPA and the toom Baumarkt DIY stores. The company also operates convenience stores REWE To Go and the e-commerce activities REWE Lieferservice and Zooroyal. The Lekkerland Group comprises the wholesale activities of the business group in the area of on-the-go consumption.Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik Group includes the tour operators DERTOUR, Jahn Reisen, ITS, Meiers Weltreisen, Travelix, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, ITS Coop Travel, Billa Reisen, Koning Aap, Apollo, Exim Tours and Fischer as well as more than 2,300 travel agencies (e.g. DERTOUR, DERPART, Kuoni, Exim, Fischer and cooperation partners), the hotel brands Sentido, Aldiana, Calimera, Cooee, and the online travel portal Prijsvrij Vakanties.

Kristina Schütz
Spokesperson REWE Group

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