Binding framework for orientation

We have put in place effective organizational structures and clearly assigned roles and responsibilities based on the principles of good corporate governance. In doing so, we are guided by internationally recognized ethical, social and ecological principles. In our guidelines and policies that are binding for all our employees we define the framework and minimum standards for our business processes.  In order to be able to react quickly to changes, they are continuously reviewed.

Commitment to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact (since 2005) Through our commitment to the ten principles, we commit ourselves to compliance with human rights and labour and environmental standards and we also participate in the fight against corruption.
Luxembourg Declaration (2009) With this declaration we commit ourselves to comply with European standards for promoting occupational health.
Düsseldorf Statement of the Seoul Declaration (2009) This statement commits us to foster a culture of prevention with regard to occupational health and safety.
Code of Responsible Conduct for Business (2010) Commits us and a number of other German companies with global operations to conduct value-oriented corporate governance and to uphold the principles of a social market economy, such as fair competition, social partnerships, the performance principle, and sustainability.
Declaration of Compliance with the German Corporate Governance Code (since 2002) Annual declaration by the Executive and Supervisory Boards that E.ON SE is complying with the German Corporate Governance Code pursuant to Section161 of the German Stock Corporation Act.
Declaration of Compliance with the German Sustainability Code (since 2012) Each year we publish E.ON SE's sustainability performance report based on the criteria of the German Council for Sustainable Development, a panel of experts commissioned by the German federal government.

"Diversity Charter" Initiative

(signed 2008)

This German business initiative has as its goal the promotion of diversity in businesses and institutions. By signing this initiative, we are showing our commitment towards creating a work environment that is free from prejudice.
Statement of the DAX 30 companies (signed 2011) With this statement, we reaffirm our commitment to equal opportunities between women and men in professional life and undertake to promote and involve women on a systematic basis.
SDG Self-Commitment by the E.ON Board of Management (2018) Affirms our commitment to good corporate governance and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN).

E.ON Health, Safety and Environment & Climate Protection Policy Statement

(2013, updated 2018)

In line with our corporate strategy, the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) & Climate Protection Policy formally signed by E.ON SE's Board of Management and Works Council officially defines E.ON's intentions and direction to achieve continuous improvement in the area of HSE.

E.ON Climate and Renewables Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE)

(updated 2018)

In line with our corporate strategy, the E.ON Climate and Renewables Health, Safety, Security and Environmental (HSSE) Policy formally signed by E.ON Climate and Renewables's Board of Management officially defines the intentions and direction to achieve continuous improvement in the area of HSSE at E.ON Climate and Renewables.

Joint “Diversity and Inclusion” declaration of principle

(former “Group policy on equal opportunity and diversity” from 2006; reviewed 2016)

Through this declaration, we commit to create a diverse and integrated work environment in which every employee is able to develop their potential. The declaration was jointly signed by the E.ON Management Board and E.ON SE works council.
Supplier Code of Conduct (former „Principles for responsible procurement“ from 2008; reviewed  2016 and 2017) The Code contains standards on the subject of human rights, working conditions, environmental hazards as well as ethical business practices. It is binding for all non-fuel suppliers. In addition, all suppliers of uranium and solid biomass must contractually guarantee compliance with the Code.
Human Rights Policy Statement (2008) In this statement we commit to respect Human Rights in all aspects of our business.

Slavery and human trafficking satement (2018)

Slavery and human trafficking statement (2017)

In this statement, we publicly comment on how we prevent and combat human rights violations in the supply chain. In doing so, we meet the requirements of the "UK Modern Slavery Act".
Global companies call for a minimum carbon price
Support Statement November 2018
In this declaration, the companies reaffirm their intention to proactively and collectively combat climate change through their business activities.

Overview of our Group policies

Our policies apply throughout the E.ON Group. This includes all individual entities in which we hold a majority of shares, as well as projects and partnerships over which we exercise operational responsibility. We also require our partners and suppliers to meet our minimum standards.


As part of the Group-wide restructuring program Phoenix, our framework and the related internal guidelines and policies are being revised. Since then, our Group policies comprise of two parts:

Verhaltens Kodex
People and behaviour

The Code defines general behaviour and values that are important to us. For more information, it refers to the People Guidelines.

The Guidelines support our employees in following their rights and duties.

Anti-corruption It describes rules of conduct when inviting e.g. to events or providing gifts to third parties on behalf of E.ON („Giving“) as well when accepting gifts or invitations from externals („Receiving“).
Antitrust Prevention  This People Guideline helps our employees to understand antitrust laws and provides you guidance how to apply them in practice. 
“Know Your Counterparty”-Check

It describes rules if our employees enter business relationships with external partners and explains how to perform an identity and integrity check.

Data Protection This guideline applies to all employees processing personal data within E.ON.
Information Security Our companies and customers information have to be kept secure at all times. The rules outlined in this guideline apply to information in all forms – as spoken words, written on paper or digitally.   

Media Relations and Social Media

It shows our employees how to behave when they are approached by any media outlet or if they want to share work-related information on social media.

Health, Safety and Environment

It supports all people working for E.ON in having a healthy and safe workplace.

Security for Employees

This Guideline helps our employees and contractors working for E.ON to minimize security-related risks and to travel safely.

Procurement of Goods and Services

It helps our employees to behave correctly if they want to procure goods and/or services.

Booking Business Trips

If our employees travel for E.ON they adhere to this Guideline when booking.

Richtlinie
Organization and steering

The Steering Policy sets Group-wide organizational structure and steering philosophy. It lists exclusive and mandatory involvement of Group functions.

The Function Policies detail out exclusive tasks and mandatory involvement of Group functions. They apply to employees affected by the policy.

  • Communications & Political Affairs
  • Compliance
  • Energy Management
  • Sustainability and HSE
  • Group HR / Executive HR
  • Information Security
  • Legal, Security & Crisis Management and Data Protection
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain