For the third time in a row, METRO has become the industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index - worldwide (DJSI World) as well as in the category of Europe (DJSI Europe). This means that METRO is the world's best food trading company in the aspect of sustainability. The index members of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index family are determined by the rating agency RobecoSAM.
RobecoSAM is a sustainability rating agency from Switzerland that once a year appoints the members of the Dow Jones sustainability index family. For more information on RobecoSAM and the methodology of its ranking, see this guest post from the CEO of :response, Arved Lüth.
The most sustainable companies of their industry
In the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the companies that provide the best ecological, social and economic performance within their industry are generally considered. This year, only five of the 43 rated food traders were able to qualify for the DJSI World index.
The index is based on the three main categories of economic dimension, environmental dimension and social dimension. Within these categories individual subcategories are assessed by RobecoSAM.
METRO was particularly convincing in the categories of "Impact Measurement", "Environmental Reporting", "Eco-Efficiency", "Water Risks in Supply Chain" and "Talent Attraction & Retention". In these categories METRO achieved the highest score among all valued food trading companies.
Sustainability and Lobbying
This year, the public policy was taken into account in the ranking for the first time. In particular, the index measured how the company presents itself, how it participates in political discourse and how much it contributes through donations to political parties and campaigns. In this area, METRO has committed itself to the aspiration of a very high transparency by working after the approach of "responsible lobbying".
An important part of the ranking is transparency and the company's reporting on financial, environmental and social issues. In this respect, METRO has been a leader for many years, so for example the company has been publishing a sustainability report since 2002. Sustainability has already been identified as an integral part of its corporate strategy.
Rating supports implementation of the sustainability strategy
In the sum, METRO was able to win against all branch competitors. The results help METRO to systematically implement the sustainability strategy.
The rating is a confirmation of our comprehensive efforts in the field of sustainability and encourages us to be one of the most sustainable food traders in the world and it underlines the idea of the new METRO. We strive to support our customers in the sustainability of their companies in order to create an ecological, social and economic value for themselves and their customers as well as for the society.
Heiko Hutmacher, responsible for sustainability and board member of METRO AG