Milestones

  • 2013

    • January

      PRO PLANET-labelled chicken meat was introduced in REWE Group stores.

    • February

      By introducing a product chain certificate, toom Baumarkt DIY stores ensure that all parts of wooden products are FSC® or PEFC™ certified.

    • March

      REWE Group was named the "Top Employer in Germany" by the independent research organisation Top Employers Institute.

      In a partnership that brought REWE Group together with political, business and academic representatives, the consumer group Deutsche Stiftung Verbraucherschutz created the Alliance for Consumer Education.

    • May

      RIAG opened the 500th energy-efficient store.

    • June

      Following Alnatura and the Bio Company, REWE and PENNY finished in third place among 12 participants in a "Rank a Brand" analysis in which supermarkets were surveyed about social and environmental criteria.

    • September

      REWE Group became a charter member of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil along with other private companies and NGOs.

      BILLA introduced the BILLA Sustainability Oscar, an award that recognises employees' sustainability contributions.

    • November

      REWE Group released its third Sustainability Report, "Out of the Niche", for the period of 2011/2012.

      REWE, PENNY and toom Baumarkt DIY stores received the gold medal of the consumer group VERBRAUCHER INITIATIVE e.V. for their sustainability communications.

      The 10th REWE Green Building with gold certification of the German Sustainable Building Council was opened.

  • 2014

    • March

      The first products bearing the regional window logo were labelled.

      REWE Group received the Fairtrade Award for its exceptional commitment to fair trade – it ranked first in the trade category along with the Kaufland retail chain.

    • April

      With its new energy efficiency award, BILLA is encouraging both manufacturers and suppliers to optimise refrigeration systems in the best possible way.

    • May

      REWE Group was elected a member of the steering committee of the Forum for Sustainable Palm Oil.

    • June

      REWE Group was nominated for the German CSR Award sponsored by the German government.

    • July

      REWE Group expanded its partnership with the school athletic initiative "Klasse in Sport" (Great in Sport) through 2017.

      Pilot schools in Hamburg and Osnabrück began to receive "Power Kisten" (Power Boxes) with a rotating variety of food that can be prepared as a breakfast in the classroom.

    • September

      REWE Group introduced the seal of the Fairtrade cocoa programme.

      As part of REWE Group's Dialogue Forum, an imug study titled "Sustainable Consumption: Niche or Mainstream?" was presented and released.

      In Offenbach, Germany, PENNY opened the first Green Building discount store in Germany that has received the gold certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council.

    • October

      REWE Group signed a voluntary pledge on pork prepared by the animal welfare organisation Initiative Tierwohl. The company officially joined the initiative when it was established in January 2015.

      The second REWE Group company day care centre at the Stolberger Street location in Cologne was opened.

      Once again, REWE and PENNY finished in third and fourth place respectively behind Alnatura and Bio Company in terms of environmental and climate protection as well as fair production among supermarkets and discount stores that were examined.

    • November

      Under the new store brand Naturgut, PENNY brought to-gether products that are as unprocessed as possible and contain no artificial ingredients – a first in the German discount business.

      The PRO PLANET campaign bearing the message "Sei ein Teil von gut" (Be Part of the Good) was launched.

      Dr Ludger Breloh, Division Manager of Green Products, was elected to the board of directors of the Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik e.V., a group that advocates foods that have not been genetically modified.

    • December

      REWE Group committed itself to the DETOX standards.