At METRO we aim to measure and understand the impact our business activities have on the value chain. The food on our plates, the ingredients we sell in our markets around the world - everything has its origins in the fields, farms and waters of this planet. Our consumption requires valuable resources. But can we also give something back through our consumption? To find answers to this question, we have compared our consumption of resources with the value we create along the entire value chain - socially, ecologically and economically; from farm to fork. In 2018, we conducted a sustainability accounting for the financial year 2016/2017. In order to obtain a complete overview of the impacts of our business activities and to be able to keep improving the value we bring to society. With our model of sustainable value creation, we can take a close look at the economic, ecological and social impacts of our business activities along the entire value chain and quantify them in monetary terms. This enables us to compare the significance of the impacts directly with each other and to demonstrate interrelationships. By conducting such a holistic analysis we go beyond looking at standard key financial indicators as METRO.
The results of the sustainability balance show us where negative impacts can be mitigated and positive impacts enhanced and illustrate the key importance of METRO’s supply chain and customer relations. This approach therefore supports our sustainability strategy, creates a nuanced basis for strategic decisions and helps secure our company’s long-term competitiveness.