|Approach for sourcing of agricultural raw materials with regards to own brand products
|Policy for Sustainable Sourcing with regards to own brand products
|Soy Procurement Policy with regards to own brand products
Soy as an ingredient (Tier 1 soy) in product with over 95% soy ingredient.
e.g.: edamame beans, miso soup, miso paste, soybean oil, soy nuts, soy sauce, tofu, and Soy in animal feed (Tier 2 soy) must be certified by end 2025 with certification scheme by:
- Round Table for Responsible Soy (RTRS Credits or RTRS Certified) or
- ProTerra certification scheme or
- Any of the FEFAC approved certification schemes
|Palm oil Procurement Policy with regards to own brand products
||Target: 100% sustainable palm oil on RSPO level Segregated or Identity Preserved until 2023 in METRO’s own brand products
|Paper and Wood Procurement Policy with regards to own brand products
- 100% of own-brand products made from wood or wood fibre in accordance with the scope originate from legal and responsibly managed forests by 2020
- For those countries, where the market is still challenging to meet the above mentioned target year a prolongation to 2023 applies
For assessing compliance the following shall apply:
- Products made from recycled wood or fibre are considered to be sustainable for the purpose of this policy; on top they can be certified according to ISO 14024:2018 type I label
- Products made from virgin fibre must be certified in accordance to one of the third-party forest certification schemes
- FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or
- PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)
By 2020 METRO aims within our Own Brand (Private Label) supply chain for 100% of paper and wood products:
- All processing factories have to be audited or certified against one of the accepted social audits or certification following the requirements of the METRO Policy for Social Compliance.
|Meat Procurement Policy with regards to own brand products
||The meat policy does not contain any new targets but builds upon relevant targets from policies related to sustainable sourcing.
|Animal Welfare Policy with regards to own brand products
METRO aims to improve its assortment towards higher animal health and welfare standards by achieving the following targets:
- 100% Transparency of livestock origin (country of farm & slaughtering)
- 100% Exclusion of preventive usage of antibiotics and growth promotors
- 100% Exclusion of cloned animals or genetically modified animals
- 100% Exclusion of routine mutilation practice such as, castration, tail docking, teeth clipping, tooth clipping beak trimming, fin clipping
- 100% Exclusion of cage eggs from supply chain in accordance to Cage Free Egg Procurement Policy
- 100% humanely stunning of animals prior to slaughtering
- Avoidance of long distance traveling wherever possible and ensure animal live transportation to a minimum
|Fish and Seafood Procurement Policy with regards to own brand products
METRO has set itself three fish and seafood targets:
90% of our top twelve species will by 2025 either:
- Be certified according to one of the accepted certification standards
- Be engaged in a credible comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) or in an Aquaculture Improvement Project (AIP) that is in progress towards certification and with the clear target to achieve certification within a reasonable timeframe
- Be engaged with a third-party audit or a local certification scheme with reliable criteria.
By 2025 METRO aims for 100 % of species to be audited or certified against one of the accepted social audits/certifications following the requirements of the METRO Policy for Social Compliance.
Currently this is valid only for land-based processing factories as well as land-based and at-sea aquaculture. Regarding at-sea operations METRO will accept any certification standard that has been recognized by a fish- and seafood-specific social benchmark tool, which will be developed.
By 2030 all products have to be digitally traceable and have to meet key data elements of the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) standard.
Additionally, the scientific and common names of species as well as the FAO catching area (wild catch) or name of the body of water (inland fishing) or the country of aquaculture have to be visible on products.
|Commitment on cage free eggs sourcing with regards to own brand products
METRO is committed to sourcing 100% cage free shell eggs and to implement a 100% cage free liquid egg product assortment:
- by the end of 2022 in West and South Europe (DE|AT|IT|PT|ES|BE|NL|FR)
- by the end of 2025 in East Europe (HU|HR|RS|PL|CZ/SK|RO|TR|BG) plus UA and RU
- by the end of 2027 in remaining markets, such as IN|CN|PK|JP, in which the sourcing of cage-free eggs is currently challenging, so we are working together with the industry to solve the issue.
|Position on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
|Position on Biodiversity
|Principles of good practice supply chain food (European Supply Chain Initiative)