Reports, policies and commitments

Berichte, Richtlinien und Selbstverpflichtungen
Berichte, Richtlinien und Selbstverpflichtungen

In order to meet its own requirements for ecological and social sustainability, the Otto Group goes beyond legal requirements and fulfills numerous standards and voluntary commitments. For this reason, we report on our progress in a combined annual and sustainability report, comply with the requirements of the German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, LkSG) that have been in force since 2023, and publish key figures on greenhouse gas management as part of the Carbon Disclosure Project Reporting. In addition, we define requirements for corporate responsibility in various policies for our business partners and our own business processes, and align our business activities to our compass of values, the Code of Ethics.

To meet the many compliance challenges, we have installed a compliance management system that continuously reviews and controls processes.


Annual Report (combined with sustainability reporting)

Climate protection and socially responsible business practices became part of our corporate strategy as early as 1986, which is why reporting on our sustainability targets and measures is also an integral part of our annual report.

ESG Factsheet

The ESG factsheet provides a consolidated overview of our non-financial performance in the areas of environmental, social and governance over the past five years. The following information should be read in conjunction with the annual report where it is placed in the context of our strategy.

German Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, LkSG)

The Supply Chain Act has been in force since January 1, 2023. Large companies with more than 3,000 employees in Germany are legally obliged to analyze and monitor compliance with human rights, working conditions and environmental standards along their supply chain and to take remedial action in the event of grievances. From the beginning of 2024, companies with more than 1,000 employees in Germany will also be obliged to comply with human rights and certain environmental due diligence obligations in their supply chains. According to the current interpretation of the law, the Otto Group companies that fall within the scope of application publish their corresponding reporting independently on their websites.

Carbon Disclosure Project

For the second time, the Otto Group has reported publicly in accordance with the requirements of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

With an overall grade of B, we are once again in line with the European average in 2023, but above the average for the "Trading, wholesale, distribution, rental & leasing" industry. With this disclosure, we are fulfilling our obligation as a member of the "UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action", in which the Otto Group has been particularly committed to the topic of greenhouse gas management in the supply chain in recent years. The CDP reporting can be viewed by registered users here.

Science Based Targets

In 2022, we committed to developing a Science Based Target (SBT) to address our entire value chain. The SBT is a science-based reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions that is in line with the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement. We submitted our SBT to the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) for validation in spring 2023 and successfully completed the validation process at the end of February 2024.

By the way: Traditional offsetting measures cannot be counted towards the implementation and achievement of a Science Based Target. Therefore, offsetting is only considered a voluntary additional measure that does not contribute to our climate targets. 

Partnership for Sustainable Textiles

We have been a member of the "Partnership for Sustainable Textiles" since 2015. The Otto Group has supported the German government's initiative from the beginning and has represented the interests of the business community in the steering committee since joining until June 2023. Since 2017, the Otto Group has fulfilled its obligation to report regularly on targets and measures. All information is reviewed by external and independent parties and published on the Textiles Partnership website (Otto Group profile). Click here to go directly to the current progress report with target achievement (only available in German). 


Human Rights Declaration 

The Human Rights Declaration defines our aspiration with regard to human rights in our own companies and the value chain. For us, human rights are non-negotiable and it is our duty to uphold respect for human rights together with our business partners. Our Declaration is based on international reference instruments, such as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also provides an overview of the key processes we have implemented in the Otto Group to fulfill our human rights due diligence obligations. Further information on our approach to the topic of human rights can be found here >>

Business Partner Declaration

Every business partner is required to sign the "Business Partner Declaration on Sustainability". In this document, we bundle all our requirements for our business partners for merchandise. Signing the document is the basic requirement for a business relationship with an Otto Group company.

Code of Conduct (amfori BSCI) for merchandise

Our social standards and rules on environmental protection, occupational health and safety are laid down in a Code of Conduct. It applies to all employees, business partners and suppliers. The Otto Group uses the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct for merchandise, which is integrated into our Business Partner Declaration as Annex 1.

Code of Conduct for Services and Non-Merchandise Goods

The Otto Group's basic requirements for its service providers, non-merchandise suppliers and their subcontractors are governed by a separate Code of Conduct and are essentially based on internationally applicable standards such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and applicable ILO conventions, as well as the legislation of the respective country.

Incident Reporting System SpeakUp

The Otto Group has installed a whistleblower system ("SpeakUp") as a central mechanism for reporting suspected infringements. It gives internal and external stakeholders an opportunity to contact the Otto Group in confidence. The platform is available in several languages and can be used anonymously, thus guaranteeing the highest level of protection for whistleblowers and sensitive data. Every piece of information submitted to the portal is checked at several stages by proven experts.

Factory locations

Many different factories around the world produce for the Otto Group. The publication of the locations is an important step towards more transparency. A map shows where the factories of the most important producers are located and also provides information on factory audits. The darker the color coding, the more important the country is for the Otto Group's sourcing activities. A list of business partners and facilities is available here >>

Voluntary commitments

Code of Ethics

An awareness of values is rooted in our DNA. Our ethical convictions are defined and encapsulated in our Code of Ethics and set of guiding values. At their core, these values are non-negotiable.

Responsible Purchasing Declaration

Purchasing plays a significant role in the exercise of human rights and environmental due diligence, because it is here that decisions are made as to where products come from. In addition to criteria such as price, quality and delivery times, sustainability aspects also play an important role. We have formulated specific requirements for this. These also help our business partners to act more sustainably. We have anchored our claim to responsible purchasing practices here.

More sustainability publications

NOW magazine

„NOW“ – The Otto Group sustainability magazine in cooperation with GEO can be ordered here as a print copy, read as an ePaper or downloaded as a PDF.

Trend Reports on Ethical Consumption (German only)

Ethical consumption has gone from being a trend to a requirement. The Otto Group has been accompanying this development for many years. In 2007, we commissioned the first "Trend Report on Ethical Consumption" from our partner Trendbüro. Five surveys followed (2009, 2011, 2013, 2020 and 2022). An overview of all studies is available here >>

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