Commitment to Family-oriented Company Management

We have reinforced our commitment to a family-friendly company leadership by signing the "Joint declaration to family as a factor for success" on the 1st of April 2008. We commit ourselves to,

  • make our managers understand the importance of a family-friendly attitude for quality of life and for long-term assurance of productivity. We also pledge to see that they respect these issues when dealing with employees or colleagues.
  • train them on topics such as time management and life balance through training sessions and seminars.
  • to draw up programs to promote a better work/family life balance
  • to promote family-friendly HR policy in our environment.

Pioneers in the Area of Life Balance

Ursula von der Leyen, at the time Germany's Federal Minister for Family Affairs, described the approximately 380 initial signatories of the Policy Statement - including E.ON - as "trendsetters" who set standards and bring innovative and creative energy to family-friendly corporate policies. In turn, this helps encourage other companies to do the same. This is in accordance with our self-image as one of the largest investor-owned power and gas companies, and one of Germany's top employers. We aim to be pioneers in the area of life balance, since we know the importance of an attractive work environment for the creativity and performance of our employees. By mid-2011, more than 2,100 companies and institutions had signed the Declaration. The "Erfolgsfaktor Familie" company network transmits information and functions as an exchange platform between the now over 3,800 members, including a large number of E.ON companies.

Initiative for Flexible Working Times

E.ON also supports "Family-conscious Working Times", an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs and the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) in 2010. As part of the Erfolgsfaktor Familie network, the initiative intends to motivate and support industry in offering a greater number of flexible working-time models.

"Industry and society are dependent on people having time to assume responsibility - and at the same time to deliver performance at work. Flexible working times give women more career opportunities and men more time for family." Dr Kristina Schröder, German Federal Minister for Family, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

With our many options, we have already created the framework conditions for a modern, family-conscious human resources policy.