Just tick the ‘eco’ box?
Sorry – that’s not good enough for us.

It all started with planting trees, organic food and separating waste for recycling. We want more – so we go into the cotton fields and into the factories themselves.

 
 

As an international trade and services group, we pursue sustainable development in all corporate areas. This is a central component of our corporate mission statement. We want to set global standards for human interaction, a healthy environment, and a diverse society. This is the only way in which we can reconcile our growth-oriented strategy in the long term with value-oriented sustainable handling and ensure quality of life for future generations. At the end of 2019, the shareholders also sharpened a shareholder vision for the Otto Group: “Responsible Commerce that inspires”. Sustainability is thus brought even more into the focus of the entire Group and will guide the actions of every employee.

More specifically: The Otto Group takes responsibility for its activities, which also means looking at the whole value chain. This describes the path that our products take, right from the extraction and processing of raw materials, through manufacturing the finished product, its sales and distribution and finally its use and disposal by consumers. With this integrated approach we are able to align all of our core business processes in a sustainable way by identifying the social and environmental impacts of our business activities. From this we derive strategies and effective measures, and implement these with effective management systems. For example, our Textile Strategy aligns Group-wide goods purchasing more strongly with environmentally friendly raw material sourcing, such as sustainable cotton.

CR Strategy

CR Strategy

Where does our responsibility start? For us, the answer is clear: on the cotton field, in timber cultivation, energy generation and consumption – and with people in factories. We see the big picture and set demanding targets.

Supply Chain

Supply Chain

Supply chains are globally branched and complex. The Otto Group is meeting this challenge with transparent reporting, for example by publishing factory locations.

Human Rights

Human Rights

For more than 25 years, the Otto Group has placed great emphasis on responsibility, and with it respect for human rights. This is why we have established a process to fulfil our human rights due diligence.

CR Organisation

CR Organisation

A team that sets the course, develops targets and implements measures is essential for the long-term success of any company. In the Otto Group, sustainability is a top-management responsibility.

History

History

A true pioneer and role-model: in the 1980s, Prof Dr Michael Otto laid the foundation for sustainable management in the Otto Group. This kicked-off a unique development that continues to the present day.

Documents

Documents

Transparency creates trust and credibility - We share information about the Otto Group openly and honestly with the public and are accountable for our actions.