Sustainable consumption

Using and consuming goods is a part of life. Our core business is providing people with products and services that enhance their quality of life. At the same time we want to offer them an environmentally and socially sustainable form of consumption. We meet this challenge in a number of ways: we trace where our resources come from and record how efficiently they are used for the manufacture of our products and at our locations. We monitor under what conditions goods are produced and exert influence to ensure they are properly disposed of. In dialogue with various stakeholder groups we also pursue the objective of sensitising consumers to issues around responsible consumption.

Management Board of METRO AG

Michael Kuhndt, Head of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Wuppertal (photo)

»All consumption has social and ecological impacts. It can only be sustainable if it operates within the Earth’s range of tolerances. It is essential to consider the economic and social value of the use of goods as compared to their impact on the environment and society – sustainability should not be attained at the expense of quality of life across the entire supply chain. Efficient production and efficient products are important for sustainable consumption. However, there is even greater potential for development in the societal context. Lifestyles need to be considered in holistic terms: How will we feed and clothe ourselves in future? How will we produce heat or communicate, and what form will mobility take? In order to find sustainable solutions, retail and wholesale companies, manufacturers, politics, science and consumers need to interact.«

Michael KuhndtHead of the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Wuppertal