METRO actively gets involved because stakeholders from the political arena and society rightly expect businesses to contribute to current debates with their expertise. There are plenty of issues which are close to many people’s hearts, such as environmental and consumer protection, food safety, and the relationship between employers and employees. METRO discusses challenges, adopts a position and seeks solutions as a matter of course. Ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders is embedded in our corporate strategy as a fixed part of our mission statement.

Our lobbying activities are coordinated by our Corporate Communications and Public Policy team, which is based at our head office in Düsseldorf. In addition to this, we have group offices in Germany and abroad and are actively involved in industry associations. We are present wherever decisions are made which affect our industry and our company. We want to talk to our stakeholders directly. We want to listen to suggestions. And we want to make our interests transparent.

METRO is guided by the principles of responsible lobbying. For us, that means:

  • Our lobbying work is transparent and consistent.
  • Our objectives and instruments and clearly identifiable.
  • The same message is communicated to everyone.
  • Our work is in line with our sustainability strategy.

Wide-ranging activities and commitments underline our responsible approach:

METRO is registered in the EU's Transparency Register. This means that we have undertaken to observe the register’s code of conduct.

METRO has clearly endorsed a ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption in the interests of responsible lobbying.

METRO was the first to sign the Code of Responsible Conduct for Business, which it also co-initiated.

In addition to this, METRO makes a responsible contribution with its involvement in selected associations.

German Retail Federation


Foreign Trade Association

We are present at the political heart of Germany

Our home market is Germany and our head office is in Düsseldorf, so politics in Germany play a special role for us. Because of this, we have a group office in Berlin.

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We monitor developments in Europe

Europe's heart beats in Brussels. METRO is there too.

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We are represented around the world

METRO operates internationally in more than 30 countries all around the globe. We actively follow political and social developments at our locations.

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Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board

Responsible business conduct fosters the well-being of people and the protection of natural resources in equal measure. We represent our interests in the knowledge that people are the be-all and end-all of any business activity. That is why we want to help ensure that people always make judicious decisions and consider future generations.

Olaf Koch