METRO for the 3rd time in a row best-in-sector the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index

7 September 2017

METRO is for the 3rd time in a row "industry leader" in the competitive sector Food & Staples Retailing and therewith contin- ues to belong to the group of world’s sustainability leaders. METRO is hereby listed as the best-in-sector in the leading international sustainability index Dow Jones Sustainability World as well as on the Europe index. Only five out of 43 assessed food retailers were able to qualify for the DJSI World index.

"This rating is a confirmation of our comprehensive efforts in sustainability and it further strengthens our ambition at the new METRO to be among the most sustainable food traders worldwide", says Heiko Hutmacher, responsible for Sustainability at METRO AG's Management Board.

Especially in categories Impact Measurement, Environmental Reporting, Eco-Efficiency, Water Risks in Supply Chain and Talent Attraction & Retention METRO was able to convince compared to its competitors. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices include those companies that represent the best environmental, social and economic performances within their particular industry. The DJSI World consists of about 10 percent of each respective industry of the largest companies worldwide.

In implementing its sustainability strategy, METRO uses RobecoSAM's ranking as an important guideline. The rating also plays a key role in the compensation of the management of the sales line METRO Cash & Carry.

In 2014 the former METRO GROUP was in the front rank of DJSI World and Europe index in the sector Food & Staples Retailing. In 2015 as well as in 2016 METRO was designated "Leader of the Industry" and has been honored with the Gold Class Sustainability Award by RobecoSAM.


METRO is a leading international specialist in wholesale and food retail. The company operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. In financial year 2015/16, METRO generated sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers. With its sales brands METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as delivery services and digitisation initiatives METRO sets the standards for tomorrow: for customer focus, digital solutions and sustainable business models.