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Schwarz Gruppe

Schwarz Gruppe is a family-owned retail group operating over 13,300 food stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets and discount stores across 33 countries under the Lidl and Kaufland brands. It employs around 550,000 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
#94 /380
Total score
22.1 /100
Industry Rank
Food and beverage manufacturers/processors #62
Food retailers #16
Food and agriculture #86
Measurement area Score Rank (0-380)

Governance and strategy

#1 17.5 /100 #232

Ecosystems and biodiversity

#1 21.9 /100 #48

Social inclusion and community impact

#1 24.3 /100 #104
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Neckarsulm, Germany
Number of employees
Group revenue
USD 140,631,578,947
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This company is part of the SDG2000, the 2000 most influential companies

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