We align our business operations with internationally applicable standards and guidelines, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organization on labour and social standards. These standards as well as the findings of our own risk and hotspot analyses have been used at REWE Group to derive guidelines and policies. They form the binding framework for all employees and business partners and define specific goals and measures. These include the Code of Conduct, the guidelines on sustainable business practices, fairness or sustainability standards for suppliers, as well as the guidelines for our focus raw materials such as cocoa, textiles and fish. In addition, we have implemented a comprehensive grievance mechanism.
We have set out our strategy for respecting human and environmental issues in our policy statement. In addition to procedural descriptions of our risk management and the priority risks to human and environmental rights identified for REWE Group, it also encompasses our expectations of our employees and suppliers. The policy statement is a “living” document which will be regularly updated when risk analyses have been carried out within the framework of the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains and the results have been evaluated. All processes, measures and responsibilities as communicated in our policy statement will be anchored and implemented in the relevant business operation of REWE Group.