METRO GROUP meets Greenpeace International to discuss sustainability

26 October 2010

The Management Board of METRO GROUP and the directors of Greenpeace International met for an exchange of ideas on Monday. The meeting at the Greenpeace head office in Amsterdam focused on increasing discussion and the urgency to take action to protect the climate, preserve rainforests and protect our oceans. 

The dialogue and transparency are to be intensified in future, especially with regard to potentially controversial issues. 

During the meeting, the CEO of METRO GROUP, Dr. Eckhard Cordes, explained the company's revised sustainability strategy. Around one year ago METRO GROUP established a Sustainability Board whose task it is to develop group-wide binding standards for sustainable management, and implement them. "It is our declared intention to conduct an intensive dialogue on sustainability issues with Greenpeace in future. Not only the expertise but in particular also the critical viewpoint of Greenpeace can help us drive important issues to the benefit of all stakeholders", said Cordes, who also chairs the Sustainability Board of METRO GROUP. One example is the field of sustainable fishery. The common goal of preserving the biodiversity of the seas would offer METRO GROUP and Greenpeace the opportunity to benefit from the strengths of the respective other party. 

Greenpeace International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo, welcomed the initiative of METRO GROUP to enter into a constructive dialogue: "At every opportunity Greenpeace is happy to enter into constructive dialogue with companies like Metro. If we can find ways to work together in common purpose to protect our environment, especially our climate, forests and oceans then that is what we should and will do." 

From METRO GROUP side, the board members Frans Muller and Joël Saveuse also took part in the meeting. Both sides agreed on a future engagement at both, the management level and also at the working level, on issues relevant for sustainability. 

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 290,000 employees and operates more than 2,100 stores in 34 countries. The Group's performance is based on the strength of its sales brands 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.