The METRO Group sees itself as a driving force in international retailing. Its corporate vision and actions are characterized by a deep sense of responsibility for its customers, shareholders and employees, as well as the wider public. The METRO Group's business activities always focus on its customers and their preferences and demands. It is dedicated to contributing to the further development of the retail industry and is convinced that the challenge of modernizing trade and retail processes on an international scale can only be met by common effort in fostering innovation and by closer cooperation between manufacturers, systems providers and trading companies. Transparency and credibility are key components of the group's corporate culture. In particular, tolerance, respect and openness towards different cultures shape its international profile. Furthermore, the METRO Group regards environmental protection and the responsible use of resources as its corporate duties. The METRO Group is committed to supporting the mutual values on which its identity is based.