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Hans Jürgen Matern

Concept and editorial

Chantal Wagner
Karolina Otto
Silvio Schmidt

Project management

Chantal Wagner

Creative execution

Strichpunkt GmbH, Stuttgart / Berlin
(Print version)
nexxar, Wien (Online version)

Editorial support and realisation

Ketchum Pleon GmbH, Düsseldorf

Photo credits

Corbis Images (Title)
Oceana (Portrait Andrew Sharpless)
UNIDO (Portrait Kandeh K. Yumkella)
Frank Dora (Portrait Michael Kuhndt)
University of Oxford (Prof. Sarah Harper)


Julian Baumann (Image and members of the Management Board)

Reporting period

The reporting period is the calendar year 2012. For reasons of topicality or to provide updates on developments, additional information has been included that was available at the time of going to press (11 March 2013) or that relates to the period before 2012. The cut-off date for figures in the “Key performance indicators” section is 31 December 2012. The frame of reference for the information in the section “Goals” is given within the targets and measures.

Reporting scope

The scope of applicability of the information is given in the respective texts, key performance indicators or goals.

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UN Global Compact

Since 2010, METRO GROUP has subscribed to the principles of the UN Global Compact, a United Nations-led global initiative that aims to encourage businesses to adopt universal sustainability principles. By subscribing to the United Nations Global Compact, we have committed ourselves to continuous improvements in the areas of human rights, labour standards, environmental protection and anti-corruption measures. With its sustainability report, METRO GROUP is fullfilling its obligation to show what the Company is doing to make improvements in these areas (Communication on Progress).

Operational audit of the carbon footprint 2012

For the reporting year 2012, the auditing company KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft assessed our data collection processes and data entry system as part of an operational audit and also verified our carbon footprint for 2012 in accordance with ISAE 3000. The certification by the independent auditor can be seen on the Internet at: 2012/sr/