This Corporate Responsibility Report 2015/16 was prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI G4) and fulfils the “Core” option.
The reporting period is the current financial year 2015/16 (1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016). To provide updates on developments, information has also been included that relates to periods prior to 2015/16. In the interests of topicality, we have also taken into account events which occurred up to the time of going to press (12 December 2016). The frame of reference for each of our targets and measures is indicated in the relevant section.
METRO GROUP reports on its sustainability performance each year by publishing either a progress report or a Corporate Responsibility Report. A progress report was produced for financial year 2014/15, which was published on 16 December 2015.
Limitations of the report
The scope of applicability of the information is given in the respective texts, key performance indicators or goals.
United Nations 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 the Communication on Progress 2015/16 that is available online, METRO GROUP meets its obligation to demonstrate how improvements have been made within these areas.
Independent external assurance of the CR Report 2015/16
We constantly strive to improve our sustainability management. Having our report audited externally is a means of emphasising the credibility and transparency of our sustainability reporting. That is why the METRO GROUP Sustainability Board decided to increase its use of auditing. This year, the scope of information externally assured by KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft was extended. The quantitative and qualitative sustainability performance information included in the scope of the assurance engagement that was conducted according to ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3410 is marked with in the column “Links within this Report” of the GRI Content Index. It was not part of the engagement to review product and service related information, references to external websites and information sources, as well as future-related statements in the Report. The certificate can be found here.
This Corporate Responsibility Report contains forward-looking statements that are based on certain assumptions and expectations at the time of its publication. These statements are therefore subject to risks and uncertainties, which means that actual results may differ substantially from the future-oriented statements made here. Many of these risks and uncertainties are determined by factors that are beyond the control of METRO GROUP and cannot be gauged with any certainty at this point in time. These include future market conditions and economic developments, the behaviour of other market participants, the achievement of expected synergy effects as well as legal and political decisions. METRO GROUP does not feel obliged to publish corrections to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the publication date of this material.
Join in the dialogue
Dialogue with our readers is important to us because it shows us what you expect of our company and where we can make further improvements. We would therefore like to hear any questions or comments you may have about the METRO GROUP Corporate Responsibility Report 2015/16 and our sustainability activities in general.
To share your thoughts, use one of our online dialogue tools or send us an e-mail: CR@metro.de
We will also conduct another stakeholder survey in 2017 to identify the most important issues we face. We hope you will visit our website and take part.