METRO GROUP was among the vanguard in making staff health part of the Corporate Responsibility Guidelines. We launched our health campaign 'GO' in 2004, offering health initiatives and nutritional advice to help our people lead a healthy life. We also offer an extensive range of sporting activities along with a gym, massages and day-long health events on various topics such as healthy eating at our headquarters in Düsseldorf.
Find out more about health and occupational safety management at METRO GROUP here.
Group-run childcare centres
METRO GROUP's head office in Düsseldorf currently offers its people access to 'METRO Sternchen', three daycare centres with 230 full-time spaces. Our METRO GROUP employees can be sure that their children are in good hands while they themselves are at work.
We're proud to say that these childcare centres enable METRO GROUP to guarantee single parents a nursery place, and are just a stone's throw from their workplace. Within the centres, trained nursery nurses look after the children and teach them in both German and English. We're also proud of this bilingual approach, because not only does it show our dedication to caring for every element of our people's development, it also demonstrates our care for the future of our employees' children.
We understand that the nature of elderly care is changing and that our people need support in this area too. In fact, caring for elderly relatives is a major issue, and we support our employees by providing information and contacts to help them find the best care options for their loved ones.
Flexible working models
We are rolling out flexible models for both working hours and workplaces in all our sales lines. These include trust-based working time, part-time and home office arrangements, to name just a few. With this range of options, we’re giving our people the means to flexibly and actively manage their time in line with their personal life choices and family commitments.
Since 2010, METRO GROUP has been offering holiday camps for employees' children aged between six and twelve at the Düsseldorf head office. The company organises a wide range of activities for the kids in collaboration with an external partner. In the past three years, these included, for example, events with the 'Kölner Spielecircus' (a circus project for children in Cologne), a trip to a Düsseldorf fire station, and rehearsals for a musical, which the children performed together at the end of the holidays.
With the retirement age going up to 67 in Germany and statutory pension levels set to fall, there is an even greater need for people to make their own voluntary pension arrangements.
That's why we help our people to build up additional private savings as part of our 'Zukunftspaket' (future package). The group-wide pension scheme offers voluntary benefits that exceed industry standards. In 2010, more than 58,000 employees in Germany took up this opportunity to save for their retirement. With the scheme, METRO GROUP is actively fulfilling its social responsibility and boosting staff retention within the group at the same time. This important HR policy will remain a priority for METRO GROUP in the future.