Our social engagement

METRO sees itself as a corporate citizen. We accept responsibility for society. We get involved in environmental projects and social initiatives. We support communities near our stores and help those in need. We see our engagement as a means of creating value because it helps to tackle social challenges. At the same time, we support our staff, who are behind our activities. We foster their appreciation of the close link between METRO and society and strengthen their social skills and sense of personal responsibility.

Actively supporting food banks

We are involved with more than 900 local food banks in Germany and 15 other countries we operate in. At national level, we are the main sponsor of the food bank network Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e. V. We entered into this partnership ten years ago and extended it until 2020 in 2016, well before the current agreement expired. METRO is active at European level too, where we support the European Federation of Food Banks (Fédération Européenne des Banques Alimentaires, FEBA). When emergencies arise, METRO also acts on its responsibility. For instance, we provide donations in kind for the local population when natural disasters occur.

World Food Programme (WFP)

Since 2016, METRO has been a global partner of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). WFP is the world's largest organization in the fight against hunger around the world. The METRO Wholesale sites support the World Food Program and realize projects locally. For example, METRO Wholesale started various fund raising campaigns. Together with employees and customers, money is collected to provide people in need with the most necessary.

Dialogue and discussions

METRO sets great store by in-depth dialogue and discussions with all its stakeholders. We want to promote and extend trust in order to further strengthen society’s acceptance of our company. To help us to achieve this objective, METRO is a member of numerous associations, initiatives and bodies.

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Community Programm "We help"

In 2015 METRO launched the community program "We help". The program supports employees who volunteer in social projects for people in need. Each project is funded with up to € 3,000. In addition, the employees are exempted from work to fulfill their engagement. Since the launch of the program, METRO has already supported more than 150 applications.