METRO GROUP bundles sustainability and communication activities

7 April 2011

  • Better integration of the issues strategic quality management and sustainability in the CEO's area of responsibility
  • Visibility of sustainability communication enhanced
  • New heads for the corporate functions Regulatory Affairs and Sustainability

METRO GROUP is reorganising its sustainability and strategic quality management activities and integrating these functions into the function "Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and CSR" belonging to the area of responsibility of the CEO, Dr Eckhard Cordes.

The new department "Regulatory Affairs and External Relations Quality, Safety, Health & Environment (QSHE)" combines the functional tasks and work in international committees of these two fields of work. It will be headed by Jürgen Matern, who so far has been in charge of the Strategic Quality Management of METRO GROUP. The new department will be integrated into the function "Corporate Communication, Public Affairs and CSR" managed by Dr Michael J. Inacker, who also holds the position of Coordinating Director of the company's Sustainability Board. "With the integration into the Corporate Communications function, we can better coordinate the measures, representation of interests, work in associations and communication of the central issues of sustainability, quality, ecological and social standards – thereby enhancing the credibility, transparency and visibility of METRO GROUP", says Inacker.

In addition, METRO GROUP is expanding its team in the new department "Regulatory Affairs and External Relations QSHE". Britta Gallus, the long-time head of the HDE Office in Brussels and HDE Director for EU Policies, will start working for the Düsseldorf-based retailing group as Head of Regulatory Affairs effective from 1 July 2011. In her new role, she will represent METRO GROUP in various committees on food and non-food issues in Brussels and in the EU countries. One focal point of her work will also be to strengthen the collaboration with the World Economic Forum and the Consumer Goods Forum. Gallus will report to Jürgen Matern, who heads the department "Regulatory Affairs and External Relations QSHE". In her former position with the HDE, Gallus established the Brussels Office from 2002 on and has been heading it since. In addition, she holds the position of Director of the HDE Committee on Food Law and Quality Assurance.

In her new role, Gallus is taking over from Nina von Radowitz, who has taken the position as Head of Sustainability and Environment effective already from 1 April. In this position, von Radowitz equally reports to Jürgen Matern. In addition to responsibility for the content of environmental and sustainability issues, von Radowitz will also be in charge of committee work in this field on behalf of METRO GROUP.

Moreover, the company plans to further expand public relations in the field of sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The new position created to this effect is held by Christine Bossak

METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most international retailing companies. In 2010 the Group reached sales of around € 67 billion. The company has a headcount of some 290,000 employees and operates more than 2,100 stores in 33 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.