Time and again, Migros finds its exemplary business practices acknowledged in the form of awards and favourable survey results. In 2009, the Group was ranked the world's most responsible retailer, among other honours .
With its comprehensive climate concept and in collaboration with the WWF, Migros is making a large-scale contribution to climate protection. Thanks to a bundle of measures, in 2009 it succeeded in further reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
Global Compact: engagement on an international scale
Migros joined Global Compact three years ago. This United Nations initiative embraces ten principles based on the generally acknowledged values of good corporate management.
The Global Compact is a network whose members are committed to addressing the needs of the community. The aim is to promote corporate social responsibility and the creation of a fairer and more sustainable global economy. By joining the UN initiative, Migros undertakes to support and respect the fundamental, universally accepted principles of human rights, labour and environment. Migros also took part in the regional Swiss network of signatory companies to the Global Compact, which primarily serves as a platform for exchanging information and for launching joint activities. In keeping with the Global Compact, Migros is committed to fair, appropriate working and social standards both locally and internationally. For example, business partners and foreign suppliers must comply with the international BSCI code of conduct and guarantee Migros that they offer their employees fair, appropriate employment conditions and respect employees' rights. In Switzerland the national collective employment agreement provides for progressive, responsible employment conditions. Migros implements ecological principles both at the product level, in the form of standards and labels, and at the operational level.
The Global Compact Principles
Principle 1 Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights within their sphere of influence and Principle 2 make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
Principle 3 make sure they are not complicit in human rights abuses. Business should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, and Principle 4 die Beseitigung aller Formen der Zwangsarbeit, Principle5 uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour, Principle 6 the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Principle 7 Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges, Principle 8 undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and Principle 9 encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Principle 10 Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The signatories to the Global Compact are expected to draw up an annual progress report.