Retailers – the heart of the cooperative
Independent retailers are the heart of our cooperative. They benefit from all that the organisation has to offer while also having the opportunity to have their say in the running of the organisation, be it through governing bodies or through the operational and strategic integration structure that has shaped the cooperation between retailers and the REWE organisation for years. Implemented in this way, the cooperative model is ahead of its time. No other business model enables such a high degree of individual responsibility combined with considerable dynamism and cooperation between everyone involved.
Unlike publicly traded companies, a cooperative has a duty, first and foremost, to itself and its members. This enables a high level of stability and a focus on the essentials in the interests of the cooperative and its members.
A corporate culture that is characterised by trust and where positive, yet challenging cooperation between shareholders and management plays a special role, contributes to a positive, future-oriented development of the organisation. At the same time, however, the cooperative structure is also designed on a fundamental level to afford a high degree of responsibility for each and every individual and the entire organisation.