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Schwarz Gruppe (Kaufland, Lidl)

Schwarz Gruppe is a family-owned retail group operating over 12,900 food stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets and discount stores across 33 countries under the Lidl and Kaufland brands. It employs around 500,000 people worldwide. Kaufland is a discount retailer supplying fresh food, apparel and household items. The company produces the majority of its fresh meat products through plants in Germany and Czech Republic. Lidl operates as a chain of grocery stores in Europe, offering both food and non-food products to its customers. Through Lidl, the group has also been expanding its presence in the US through recent agreements with Best Market, a US-based supermarket operator, to acquire its stores in New York and New Jersey. In addition to retail business, the Schwarz Group is also engaged in businesses ranging from food production (Schwarz Produktion) to the management of recyclables (PreZero).

Ranking position
#72 /350
Total score
32.5 /100
Measurement area Score (0-100) Rank (0-350)

Governance and strategy

#1 67.0 /100 #36


#1 23.0 /100 #142


#1 25.0 /100 #61

Social inclusion

#1 38.3 /100 #46
Indicates the score for the top performing company.
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #52
Food retailers #17

Segment ranking summary

Schwarz Gruppe ranks 52nd in food and beverage manufacturers and processors and 17th food retailers segment. In both segments, the company demonstrate a strong performance in the governance and strategy and social inclusion measurement areas. Nonetheless, Schwarz Gruppe can improve further by proving greater disclosure in both segments. For example, in governance and strategy, by linking the highest governance body’s remuneration policy to sustainability targets, something higher ranking peers have started to disclose. In nutrition, the company performs in the upper grouping of companies in both segments, but could improve further by disclosing quantitative evidence to support activities, such as on efforts to promote healthy foods. Similarly, in environment, the company performs in the middle grouping of companies due to a lack of depth of disclosure in key topics, such as sustainable sourcing practices or addressing food loss and waste.

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Core social indicators

The core social indicators are part of the social inclusion measurement area. These indicators assess societal expectations of business conduct that companies should meet if they aspire to be part of a system transformation that leaves no one behind.

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  1. 2023

More about the company

Neckarsulm, Germany
Food and agriculture revenue USD
Not available
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2,000 most influential companies

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