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We get involved

Public Policy

Our responsibility for society

Retail is omnipresent: with both bricks-and-mortar and online stores, the industry ensures that people are reliably supplied with products and services. This goes hand in hand with a great responsibility for both our employees and consumers, which we take very seriously. That responsibility centres on safety, fair competition and sustainable consumption.

We also have a wider responsibility towards our society, which is founded on our retail experience and our expertise in consumer electronics and digitisation. To fulfil this, we use our expert knowledge to actively contribute to the current political debate.

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Our voice in the societal debate

We are engaged in close dialogue with policymakers, authorities and organisations within society on key issues such as consumer protection, digitisation, sustainability and environmental protection, safety and certification, and socio-political matters. We always set out our positions in a transparent, open fashion.

Dialogue with policymakers and society in Germany and the other countries we operate in is managed by Corporate Communications, Public Policy & Sustainability, at our head office in Düsseldorf. We also contribute to the discussion via our industry associations.

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Our guidelines

Our political and social work is hallmarked by a high degree of transparency – we always communicate our positions to all stakeholder groups clearly and consistently based on uniform messages.

CECONOMY is registered in the EU’s transparency register. This means that we have undertaken to observe the associated code of conduct. The main requirement of this is for registered companies to state their interests, objectives and aims. 


CECONOMY is a member of the following associations:

  • German Retail Federation (HDE)
  • EuroCommerce
  • European Retail Round Table (ERRT)
  • Economic Council Brussels
  • Deutsches Aktieninstitut (DAI; the German Shares Institute)
  • Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • Bitkom
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Bernd Wagner

Leiter Politik und Außenbeziehungen
+49 211 5408-7128

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