In addition, we have published a Climate and Environmental Fact Sheet that contains the key climate and environmental data. We have also made various voluntary commitments and joined existing sustainability initiatives. This is how we want to present our actions transparently and shape our future sustainably.
In addition to the strategic framework conditions, we also report on the topics of integrity, climate and environmental protection, employees, customers and social involvement, as well as EU taxonomy, in our Non-Financial Statement. In addition to our concepts – which are developed for each topic and practised in everyday business – we explain selected decisions and measures of the respective reporting year. We also disclose key performance indicators (KPIs) by which we can be measured.
EWE has been publishing a non-financial statement since the 2018 financial year. For the 2017 and 2016 financial years, the Group published integrated annual reports that included both the financial report and the sustainability report. This can be found in our financial reports archive. The Sustainability Reports for the 2015 and 2014 financial years are located in the sustainability report archive.
Factsheet Sustainability Indicators
We report comprehensive information on our greenhouse gas emissions, air pollutants and other environmental indicators such as waste and energy consumption in our Sustainability Indicators Factsheet. It also includes information on our employment structure, diversity, security of supply and other social indicators. The factsheet also gives an overview of our donations and sponsorship activities, as well as other key figures relating to corporate governance.
Our compliance guidelines
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct forms the top regulatory framework for our actions and establishes binding guidelines for the EWE Group. It is binding for all our employees, regardless of position or role within the company. The Code of Conduct is therefore incorporated by our employees and senior executives in all actions and decisions.
Declaration on Human Rights
With our Declaration on Human Rights, we are committed to respecting and observing everyone’s fundamental rights. In our business activities, we implement the applicable laws and respect internationally recognised human rights standards. We also strive to prevent potential human rights violations.
We comply with our responsibilities and obligations under the Act on Corporate Due Diligence Obligations in Supply Chains (Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz, LkSG). From spring 2024, we will publish a report on compliance with human rights and environmental standards here. Our business partners can request information from us on the EcoVadis platform for their LkSG risk analysis.
Our commitments and initiatives
Declaration on the Paris Climate Agreement
As an energy supplier, EWE – along with many other companies – has committed itself to the climate goals that were agreed in Paris. We want to contribute to limiting global warming to well below 2°C and take the first steps together toward making the global economy climate-neutral in the second half of the century.
The comprehensive audit of our emissions-reduction targets by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) officially shows that they are in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, under which 195 signatories agreed that global warming must not exceed the limit of 1.5°C. We at EWE are making an important contribution here from the energy sector with our own goals.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The SDGs are our roadmap for sustainable development. In September 2015, as part of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, more than 150 countries made a pledge to ensure that every person in the world would be able to lead a dignified life by 2030.
We all share a responsibility for achieving this. We, too, at EWE want to play our part in achieving the SDGs.
Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)
For many years now, EWE has actively committed to a sustainable and climate-friendly approach to our environment and the resources available to us. This involves consistently investing in the future-oriented, sustainable development of the world of energy. The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) has now scientifically confirmed our ambitious goals for a sharp reduction in greenhouse gas emissions: compared to the base year of 2018, we will reduce our emissions in Scope 1 and 2 by 65% by 2030, and in Scope 3 by more than 30% by 2030. You can find out more about the scopes here.
The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), that defines the best practices for science-based corporate goal-setting and offers evaluation on an independent basis. The criteria for the validation of companies’ emissions-reduction targets are regularly adapted to the current climate research findings.
The EcoVadis platform is one of the established evaluation platforms for services in the field of sustainability.
We have decided to have our commitment evaluated annually in order to derive potential for the further development of our sustainability work and to implement it.
As a business partner, you can search for our relevant information directly on the platform.
Charta der Vielfalt
EWE is part of the Charta der Vielfalt (Diversity Charter).
With its commitment to the Charta der Vielfalt, EWE creates opportunities to consider and further develop cultural issues and personal attitudes, to address challenges and to change together with employees in such a way that previously untapped potential for successful economic development opens up.
Almost all companies in the EWE Group have signed the Charta der Vielfalt and are committed to creating a prejudice-free cooperation for all colleagues.