Principles of Sustainability Reporting

Sustainability reporting is part of the Annual Report. In this reporting, Migros discloses its main economic, ecological and social contributions in accordance with the GRI standard.

Migros has published a sustainability report every year since 2004. The sustainability report has been published as part of the online Annual Report since 2009. The information on Migros' ecological and social contributions can be found mainly in the area entitled «Our responsibility». The statements made there predominantly refer to the two business areas of Cooperative Retailing and Industry & Wholesaling. The editorial deadline for the key indicators was 26 March 2012. As some environmental key indicators will not have been finalised by this moment in time, they will be updated in the Annual Report after they have been announced. Key indicators updated after the publication date will be highlighted accordingly.

Reporting in accordance with GRI and UNGC

Migros' reporting is guided by the specifications of the Global Reporting Initiative GRI (G3). The GRI is a multiple-stakeholder dialogue and develops globally recognised guidelines for sustainability reporting. The GRI certifies that the report has a compliance at level B. You can find the GRI Content Index here.

Global Compact progress report    
The Global Compact of the United Nations UNGC is a voluntary business initiative. It includes ten principles based on the generally acknowledged values of good corporate management. By joining the UNGC in 2006, Migros undertook to work towards and support in its entire area of influence the fundamental, universally accepted principles of human rights, labour and environmental protection.

This annual report acts as a progress report within the meaning of the UNGC. The GRI Content Index specifies where Migros provides information on the fulfilment of the ten principles in its report.

Reporting limits

All details in the 2011 Migros Annual Report refer to the Migros Group. An exception is the «Our responsibility» section. Key figures and statements on the environmental commitment and on sustainable consumption refer – unless specified otherwise – to the following strategic business units only:

  • Cooperative Retailing: shops and operating centres of the 10 regional Migros cooperatives, the Federation of Migros Cooperatives and the two national distribution centres of Neuendorf and Suhr
  • Industry & Wholesaling 14 Migros industrial enterprises in Switzerland as well as the Scana wholesaler

Expansion of the system limit
In 2011 Migros' Board of Directors made decisions that will allow an expansion of sustainability reporting to the Migros Group as of 2012:

  • Social and ecological basic requirements were adopted for the companies of the Commerce and Industry & Wholesaling strategic business units. It will be possible to post initial key indicators in the 2012 Annual Report.
  • All companies of the Migros Group are to be gradually incorporated into the energy and environmental management as of 2012. The Denner and Globus retailers will be the first to make this step. An update on the current project status will be provided in the 2012 Annual Report.

Internal review and external assurance

Internal Audit of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives has audited the sustainability statements and key indicators. The two CO2 intensity and energy efficiency environmental key indicators are audited annually by the Energy Agency for the Economy (EnAW). In addition, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) conduct implementation audits at selected businesses.