Sustainability indices and rankings

The measures that METRO GROUP implements in the field of sustainability are evaluated among other things by external and independent stakeholders in the form of ratings. This evaluation summarises the basic requirements of internal and external stakeholder groups in a representative assessment profile, which allows for comparison with the performance of the competitors. It is an important source of motivation for us and also acts as a management tool by illustrating the progress made and highlighting where there is room for improvement. In particular, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) of the rating agency RobecoSAM has constituted an important basis for our actions concerning the implementation of our sustainability strategy for many years. The index serves as a component for the remuneration paid to the Management Board and for the long-term remuneration of METRO GROUP’s top executives around the world.

Sustainable Performance Plan

According to the 2014 version of the Sustainable Performance Plan (SPP Version 2014), the long-term incentive for members of the Management Board of METRO GROUP is based in equal parts of one third each on stock yield, earnings per share and the achievement of sustainability targets. The exact size of the share of the variable long-term incentive, which factors in sustainability components, depends on the position achieved by METRO AG in the DJSI ranking in comparison to competitors in its own sector. The sustainability targets are also taken into account in the remuneration paid to METRO GROUP’s top executives around the world.

In 2016, METRO GROUP was once again ranked among the world’s most sustainable businesses. It is listed as Industry Leader both in the internationally significant Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indices. METRO GROUP was already distinguished as Industry Leader in the Food & Staples Retailing category in 2015.

METRO GROUP was able to raise its score of 77 points in financial year 2014/15 to 84 points. It has thus improved its result yet again and is among four of the 44 food retailers that have succeeded in qualifying for the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI)

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices list the companies with the best ecological, social and economic performance within their industry sector. The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index lists approximately 10 per cent of each sector from among more than 3,400 of the world’s largest companies. Inclusion in the index is dependent on an assessment of the sustainability strategies and measures, which is conducted by the independent agency RobecoSAM based on an extensive questionnaire and publicly available sources. Over 100 criteria are assessed altogether.

In financial year 2015/16, METRO GROUP was also once again included in the FTSE4Good Global Index and the FTSE4Good Europe Index. The FTSE4Good Index Series likewise lists companies with outstanding performance in terms of environmental, social and corporate governance aspects.

METRO GROUP furthermore continues to be one of the companies that are especially committed to climate protection. The non-profit organisation Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) once again listed it as Sector Leader in Consumer Staples and as Index Leader on the German MDAX for financial year 2015/16. METRO GROUP has an excellent ranking of A− (on a scale of F to A). CDP operates a global system with which companies, cities, countries and regions can manage their impact on the environment. This system also grants investors and purchasing managers access to the data collected, to serve as a basis for financial decisions.

METRO GROUP also participated in the CDP survey on water, in which the group achieved a ranking of C (on a scale of F to A).





Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World/Europe

Industry Group Leader,
Food & Staples Retailing

0 to 100


Oekom Corporate Rating

Prime Status

D− to A+


CDP Climate Scoring

Sector Leader, Consumer Staples (DACH region)
MDAX Index Leader

F to A


CDP Water Scoring


F to A


FTSE4Good Global/Europe Index


0 to 5