Diversity and Inclusion

Our inclusive culture & leadership helps our customers to be successful, innovative and sustainable independent entrepreneurs. At METRO we foster an environment where everyone's opinion counts and is appreciated for adding value. Independent of gender, sexual orientation and identity, physical & mental ability, age, ethnicity or religion.

Our motto: Be YourSelf, be the Best you can be!

Employees by gender (in %) women 48% | men 52% (as of 30/09/2020)

Employees by gender (in %): Women 49% | Men 51%

as of 30/09/2021

Gender breakdown in managerial positions (in %): women 25% / men 75% (as of 30/09/2021)

Gender breakdown in managerial positions (in %): Women 25% | Men 75%

as of 30/09/2021

Women in MINT-positions (in %):  women 25% / men 75% (as of 30/09/2021)

Women in MINT-positions (in %): Women 25% | Men 75%

as of 30/09/2021

Number of nationalities: 159 in 32 countries (as of 30/09/2021)

Number of nationalities: 159 nationalities in 34 countries

as of 30/09/2021

Partner- and Memberships



METRO has been a member of BeyondGenderAgenda since 2021. The network has set itself the goal of promoting equal opportunities for managers of other genders, ages, cultural origins, sexual orientations and gender identities, thereby bringing about a cultural change in business, society and politics. By integrally anchoring Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) in the DNA of listed and medium-sized companies, the initiative aims to secure and expand the international competitiveness of German economy in the long term.

LEAD Network - Lead Executives Advancing Diversity

LEAD Network

METRO has been a partner of the LEAD network since 2016. LEAD is an acronym and stands for Leading Executives Advancing Diversity. The European network seeks to promote female management personnel in the retail and consumer goods industry. The aim is to attract women to the industry and to actively support them in their career paths – for example, through qualification and management personnel development. LEAD is convinced that more women are needed in leadership positions, in order to effectively meet the current challenges in the industry.

As a foundation partner we take the mission and vision of the Network seriously. Our goal to advance more women leaders is achievable through partnerships like this. In 2022, METRO renewed the partnership.

Prout at work

Prout at Work

Since 2017, METRO is a member of PROUT at WORK. The PROUT at WORK Foundation is committed to a non-discriminatory and open work environment in which diversity is valued and promoted. The commitment is to the mutual understanding and equal opportunities of people of any sexual orientation, gender identity and any sexual expression in the workplace.


charta der vielfalt

Charta der Vielfalt

Since 2007, METRO has signed the German Diversity Charter. This initiative seeks to strengthen diversity in companies. Its aim is to create a working environment that is free of prejudice. All employees should be shown appreciation. Independent of gender, nationality, ethnic background, religion, worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation and identity.

Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index 2021

METRO’s Gender Targets

METRO AG is one of 418 companies across 45 countries and regions to join the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), a modified market capitalization-weighted index that aims to track the performance of public companies committed to transparency in gender-data reporting.
We promote equal professional opportunities for men and women. Accordingly, one of METRO's goals is to further increase the proportion of women in management positions: At our company, 25 percent of the members of the first management level and 40 percent of the members of the second management level below the Management Board will be female in 2025.

In addition, we have voluntarily set ourselves a target for the proportion of women in management positions at METRO Wholesale. According to this target, by September 2025 the proportion of women in management positions is to reach 30% globally. To support these targets, we launched the Women Leadership Programme (WLP) in 2018. This programme promotes the top 150 women within METRO with customized training measures.

UN Standards of Conduct for Business

In May 2018 METRO signs the United Nations "Free and Equal" Standards of Conduct for Business, a code of conduct for companies that ensures that all employees are "free and equal" and do not experience any discrimination - neither in their own company, in affiliated communities or at suppliers.

LEAD Network CEO Pledge

The LEAD Network CEO Pledge accelerates gender parity and drives inclusion in the European Retail & CPG value chain. Launched in 2017 30 CEO’s have signed it yet. Its about CEO driven effort to accelerate gender parity and drive inclusion in the European Retail & CPG. By signing the pledge the CEO commits to a significant increase (at least 5%) from the current baselines and build a plan to achive gender parity over the next decade.