METRO Group helps Haiti: two special flights with relief goods for the earthquake victims

17 February 2010

METRO Group launches one of the largest relief campaigns in the company's history. The first special flight of METRO Group to help the earthquake victims in Haiti will take off at Düsseldorf airport on February 22. Another flight is to follow in early March. On board of the two planes: a total of more than 125 tons of relief goods provided by Metro Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn, Galeria Kaufhof as well as the real estate company METRO Group Asset Management. Never before have all sales divisions of METRO Group cooperated in this form on a joint relief operation. The total value of the aid: one million euro. 

  • Company supports population in the disaster area in cooperation with the hunger relief agency Welthungerhilfe
  • More than 125 tons of relief goods from the Metro sales divisions for Haiti – Donations in kind and financial aid worth € 1 million
  • First plane to be seen off by CEO Dr. Eckhard Cordes at Düsseldorf airport on February 22

For putting together the shipment Germany's largest retailing company cooperates closely with the hunger relief agency Welthungerhilfe. This non-profit organisation made a list of what the survivors of the disaster that occurred on January 13 need most urgently. The METRO Group cargo planes operated by Lufthansa Cargo Charter will be loaded with tents, diesel generators, satellite telephones, tools, personal hygiene items, cooking pots as well as materials for schools and toys for the children living in that country. 

"The pictures of destruction and the suffering of the people in Haiti have deeply moved us", said Dr. Eckhard Cordes, CEO of METRO Group. "We don’t want to just stand by and watch. We want to help. Haiti will be suffering from the consequences of the earthquake for a long time. All the more so, we see it as our duty to effectively contribute to the reconstruction." 

Welthungerhilfe takes on to distribute the relief goods in Haiti. This way it is ensured that the help will also directly reach those suffering from the earthquake. "This cooperation is remarkable", said Bärbel Dieckmann, President of Welthungerhilfe. "We know what the people need and guarantee the distribution of the relief supplies. METRO Group provides the goods and takes on the logistics." 

Note for photographers and editorial teams:

The farewell of the first plane will take place on Monday, February 22, at 10:00 a.m. on the tarmac of Düsseldorf airport. In view of the airport security requirements we kindly request you to arrive already at 9:00 a.m. at the "b2b-Café" on the departure level. The photo session will take place in the airport security zone. You are therefore kindly asked to bring your ID card. Parking is available as usual in the terminal’s car park. You will be granted free exit. For accreditation, please register (indicating also your birth date) by Friday, February 19, 3:00 p.m. with the Corporate Communications department of METRO Group by phone 0211-6886-4252 or by mail to presse@metro.de.

METRO Group is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In 2009 the Group reached sales of around € 66 billion. The company has a headcount of some 300,000 employees and operates over 2,100 stores in 33 countries. The Group's performance is based on the strength of its sales divisions which operate independently in their respective market segment: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn – European market leader in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.