Guidelines for Sustainable Business Practices
Set of fundamental values and recommendation for action for contract partners
The objective is to work with the contract suppliers to expand the REWE Group corporate principle of "We are aware of our responsibility and act sustainably" to cover the entire length of the supply chain. The Guidelines, which will also be made available on the Internet, are addressed to employees, customers, political institutions and the interested public as well as the contract partners of the REWE Group.
The Guidelines are divided into three main sections: "Responsable action", "Labour and Social Standards" and "Environmental and Animal Protection". Sixteen chapters concretise various topics such as the general prohibition of corruption, fairness in competition, prohibition of forced and child labour, prohibition of discrimination or health protection on the job, protection of climate, resources and animals, a commitment to protection of species and biodiversity and responsibility for consumer interests.
Guideline for Coffee
Guideline for the Prevention of Child Labour
Guideline on Cocoa Products
Guideline on Orange Juice
Guideline on Packaging
Guideline on Fairness
Guideline for more sustainable Textiles
Guideline for Palm Oil and Palm Kernel Oil Products
Worldwide production of vegetable fats in 2012 amounted to about 161 million tons, and approximately 60 million tons of this amount was palm (kernel) oil. At that time, consumption of palm (kernel) oil in Germany amounted to about 1.3 million tons. In comparison: the import demand for China is figured at about 6.6 million tons and India about 7.8 million tons.  Enormous areas of tropical forests are being cleared away to satisfy the rising demand for oil palms.
REWE Group pursues a strategy of sustainability because it believes it has a responsibility to future generations. Compliance with this principle has prompted REWE Group to take steps which will heighten awareness of its employees, suppliers and customers for the issue of “more sustainable oil palm cultivation”.
The implementation of the “Guideline for Palm Oil and Palm Oil Products” is intended as a serious contribution towards this goal. This guideline is applicable to all of the conventional private label products of REWE Group which include palm oil and palm kernel oil in their ingredients.
 Source: OVID Verband der ölsaatenverarbeitenden Industrie in Deutschland (2013)
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Guideline for Soy in Animal Feed
6.8 million tonnes of soy are imported to Germany every year, the majority is used as a complementary protein source in domestic livestock feeding and comes from South America. The global rise in demand has resulted in an intense expansion of soy cultivation in recent years which negatively influences diverse eco-systems and small-scale farming. Additionally, large-scale monoculture cultivation contributes to biodiversity loss. This agricultural practice also causes problems related to cultivation techniques which in turn result in an increased use of synthetic pesticides, for example.
Gradual Conversion to Protein Sources from Europe
REWE Group demands and promotes the successive substitution of soy meal imported from South America with domestic and European protein sources. This should, first of all, contribute to limit the negative effects of changes in land use in South America. An additional benefit of prioritising domestic sources of protein for feed (e.g. leguminous plants) is that the increased cultivation of domestic protein plants enriches European agriculture through crop rotation and thereby also helps to cut the use of climate-damaging nitrogen fertilisers.
GMO-free Livestock Feed
The cultivation of transgenic varieties of soy has been permitted in America since the 1990s. These varieties can be kept weed-free with chemical glyphosate applications at low costs. However, consumers prefer GMO-free food, i.e. food which is produced without genetically modified organisms. Therefore, REWE Group has defined freedom from genetic engineering as one of its demands.
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Guideline for Cocoa
The corresponding guideline is applicable to all of the REWE Group private label products which include cocoa in their ingredients.
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Guideline for Natural Stone Products
In its “Guideline for Sustainable Business Practices”, REWE Group acknowledges its social and environmental corporate responsibility. REWE Group thereby aims to actively participate in solving social and ecological problems arising from the production and processing of natural stone products. To this end, REWE Group requires its suppliers throughout the supply chain – from wholesale to stone processing through to the quarries – to comply with the minimum standards summarised in the guideline for Natural Stone Products. This guideline, which was drawn up in cooperation with external experts and NGOs, includes comprehensive supplier requirements regarding social responsibility, occupational safety and environmental protection, specifications for product traceability and for independent controls. Furthermore, REWE Group is dedicated to making suppliers, employees and customers aware of the significance of a more sustainable natural stone production and offering them guidance and recommendations for action in the form of the guideline for Natural Stone Products.
The area of application of this guideline includes quarries and stoneworking businesses in non-OECD countries, as these are the major suppliers of the natural stone products procured by REWE Group and the need for action is most urgent there. In addition, it includes wholesale and toom Baumarkt.
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Information on our Detox Program
With our Detox Program, we are dedicated to implement transparency in the textile supply chain, promote the use of non-hazardous chemicals in textiles production and significantly reduce the release of hazardous substances into the water.
REWE Group Detox Program
Guidance Material for Suppliers and Factories
Our suppliers and the wet process factories are our most important partners on the path toward the safer production of textiles. We developed a number of information documents to support our suppliers in the process of substitution, which you can find here.
Case Study: PFC substitution with a washing mill in Bangladesh
Case Study: STeP certification by OEKO-TEX
Case Study: Optimizing bleaching processes to achieve higher efficiency and Detox conformity
Case Study: Improving chemical management to ensure Detox compliance in a Chinese dyeing mill Chemical Fact Sheets To give our supply chain partners additional insights and background information on the different chemical groups, we are developing chemical fact sheets for each chemical group. The fact sheets will provide information on potential risks and their environmental impacts. They also offer advice on how to find compliant and safer substances. Factsheet Hazardous Substances
Factsheet Flame Retardants
Factsheet Heavy Metals and Metalloids
Factsheet Organotin Compounds
Factsheet Chlorinated Solvents and VOC
Factsheet Chlorobenzenes Discharge Data Reports Our Discharge Data Reports are supposed to make our status quo more transparent, show what kinds of chemicals have been found in the production facilities of our products and document the progress we make with regard to the elimination of hazardous chemicals. Discharge Data Report 2016
Discharge Data Report 2015 MRSL (Manufature Resticted Substance List) In line with our Detox commitment, we are continously updating our MRSL and the process of phasing out non-compliant substances from the textile production processes. The respective method for the MRSL update is described here. Our MRSL can be found here.