Strength through Diversity
A central aspect of our E.ON vision:
Diversity and a culture that values differences are important drivers for creativity and innovation. That's why E.ON works together with people who are different in all kinds of ways - from nationality, age, sex, religion or cultural and social origin.
Studies show that mixed teams perform better than homogeneous groups. We promote and use this diversity within the company as an advantage to create an inclusive environment.
Diversity is also crucial in the face of demographic development: only a company that can effectively use diversity in its favour can remain as an attractive employer in the future and will thus be less affected by the shortage of skilled labor.
Our diversity is based on a holistic approach that encompasses all dimensions to ensure equal opportunities for all employees. Our aim: to promote diversity individually, irrespective of gender, age and nationality.
Diversity is important for our success so that we can respond even better to the specific needs and requirements of our customers and thus remain a strong competitor in the future.
Gender Diversity - We bring women in the lead
For us, diversity means, above all, to promote women in their professional life. This helps us to use the important potential for innovative power in our company. For this reason, we have long been working to increase the proportion of female specialists and managers in the company, through the use of targeted measures.
In addition to specific targets for each individual group, there are group-wide recruiting and occupational guidelines for management positions. This means: for every vacant leadership position, at least one man and one woman is named on the final shortlist. This increases the share of women in management positions every year. Our goal by 2026: to have the proportion of women in the total workforce (32%) also be equally represented in management positions!
E.ON is on the right path with a gender diversity project launched in 2010 to implement gender equality. The program defines challenging but realistic targets for increasing the proportion of women in management positions and sets out comprehensive measures for the career development of female executives:
• Definition of specific gender targets for leadership positions in our global and regional units. The target is regularly reviewed and reported to the executive board.
• Flexible working time models to better coordinate work and private life (for example part-time work, home office regulations, sabbaticals)
• Adjustment of group-wide placement policy. We want to open women's career opportunities in the group. The directive stipulates that, when a new management position is filled, at least one man and one woman are placed on the candidate list.
• Creation of target group-appropriate observation teams for selection and evaluation committees
• Increase in the proportion of women in internal talent pools
• Group-wide (women's) mentoring programs
• Strengthen awareness of diversity on all staff and leadership levels
• External collaborations (e.g., femtec, genderdax) and internal networks (e.g., women & fathers networks, LGBTI network)
Equal opportunity is a clear
part of our corporate strategy.
E.ON also wants
to be a top employer.
People with disabilities can do great things
Our guideline is: we want to be an attractive employer for all employees and give each individual the same opportunities. That's why we, at E.ON, are of the opinion that a disability shouldn't have to be a professional restriction. We actively support the integration of people with disabilities, who perform important and valuable work, which we as an employer cannot and do not want to do without. We not only make our workplaces, but also our social institutions, such as canteens or lounges, barrier-free, so that our employees can participate in the social work life in our company, even with a disability.
Excellent diversity: Our "Total-E-Quality" rating
In 2016, we received the Total-E-Quality rating for the third time in a row. We were honoured for an exemplary personnel policy, which is committed to diversity and equal opportunities.
We are committed to the "Charter of Diversity"
The topics of equal opportunity and diversity have been an important part of E.ON's corporate culture for years. As early as 2006, we adopted a group-wide guideline, which was renewed in 2016 together with the European Works Council of E.ON SE. As a result, E.ON created, at an early stage, a framework in which any form of discrimination based on age, origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion or disability is prohibited.
In 2008, we publicly reaffirmed this commitment by signing the "Charter of Diversity" that was created by the German federal government together with economic partners. The Diversity Charter is a German corporate initiative to promote diversity in companies and institutions. This is why we are committed to creating a working environment free of prejudice.