Guidelines, Principles and Commitments of E.ON

Clear policies and frameworks provide our employees with orientation and ensure that social and ecological standards are anchored in the work processes. As Group policies, these standards apply across our sites as a rule and into the supply chain (even if this is not ultimately in the direct influence of E.ON).

External frameworks and obligations of E.ON

Self-Commitment by the E.ON Board of Management (2006) We are hereby confirming our social responsibility in the company management.
Commitment to the ten principles of the Global Compact of the United Nations (since 2005) This is the largest initiative worldwide for sustainable management. We hereby commit to observing human rights, work and environmental standards and participate in the fight against corruption.
Luxembourg Declaration (2009) We are committed to the effective promotion and implementation of operational health in accordance with European standards.
Seoul Declaration (2009) We are committed to rolling out a culture of prevention for workplace health and safety.
Code of Responsible Conduct for Business (2010) Together with other globally-active German companies, we are committed to a success and value-driven management in the sense of the social market economy. Included in this are the concepts of fair competition, social partnership, the performance principle and sustainability.
Declaration of Compliance with the German Corporate Governance Code (since 2002) The Board of Directors and Supervisory Board of E.ON SE issue a compliance declaration annually under Section 161 of the German Corporation Act regarding the German Corporate Governance Code.
Declaration of compliance with the German Sustainability Code (since 2012) Every year we publish the sustainability performance of E.ON SE in accordance with the criteria of the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), a specialist committee commissioned by the German federal government.
Modern Slavery Act Statement - June 2017
In this statement, we report how we prevent and combat human rights violations in our supply chain. By this, we meet the requirements of the "UK Modern Slavery Act".

Internal policies and guidelines

E.ON Code of Conduct (updated in 2013) Governs the handling of business partners, third parties and state units and provides notes on avoiding conflicts of interest. Furthermore, our code of conduct contains requirements on handling information, property and resources of the company as well as the subject complex of environment, occupational health and safety.


Annex 1: Compliance check list (updated in 2013) - list of questions on the basis of which it can be verified whether the intended measures are compatible with the integrity lived by E.ON

Annex 2: Anti-trust law guidelines (updated in 2013) - obligation to observe all valid anti-trust law regulations and procedures in the event of violations

Annex 3: Guidelines on benefits (updated in 2013) - principles on the accepting and granting of compensation during work with business partners, competitors and state offices
E.ON human rights policy statement (2008) The E.ON commitment to human rights obligates employees and business partners to create appropriate working conditions, observe ethical business practices and comply with human rights.
Joint "Diversity and Integration" Declaration of Principle (2016) (former “Equal opportunities and promotion of diversity guideline”, 2006) 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 in 2016.
Recruitment and Hiring Policy (2015)
We want to open up targeted opportunities in the Group for promoting women. The Group-wide policy states that at least one man and one woman will be on the list of candidates in each case when recruiting for a new management position.
Management Group policy Legal/Compliance (2013; updated in 2016) Group-wide policy on defining the compliance structures, their standard application and on the proof of the implementation
Business Governance Group Policies Preventing Insider Trading (2013)  and Intermediary Agreements (2015)

Two Group policies with a special focus on:

  • Informing the employees on insider-law regulations and conduct obligations
  • Prevention of violations of the ban on corruption in connection with the involvement of agents
Management Group policy stakeholder management (2013; updated in 2015) Contains a definition of key stakeholder groups (excl. capital market participants), principles for the exchange and role descriptions and task profiles for internal and external communication as well as for sustainability management
Business governance Group policy stakeholder management (updated in 2015) Definition of responsibilities, processes and instruments as well as standards for the information to be provided; furthermore, rules for the participation in political decision-making processes and the open handling with our stakeholders consistent with the content
Code of Conduct for Suppliers (updated 2016) Rules binding across the Group regarding human rights, work conditions, pollution as well as ethical and moral business practices. They apply without restriction for non-fuel suppliers; also, all our suppliers of uranium and solid biomass, with the exception of biomass suppliers from Sweden, assure their observance contractually.
Business governance Group policy procurement (updated in 2016) Operative principles valid across the Group as well as processes and responsibilities for the non-fuel procurement are anchored in this policy.
Biomass Purchasing Amendment (2010) Here, we define our sustainability requirements for the procurement of biomass, including risk assessment and supplier audits as well as the regulations for joint ventures.
E.ON Nuclear Fuel Policy and Nuclear Fuel Purchasing Amendment (2014) Our principles on the observance of sustainability criteria for the procurement of uranium along the entire value-added chain are set out in this policy.
Management Group policy HSE (2013; updated in 2015) The Group policy HSE (Health, Safety & Environment) defines the relevant structures and processes in the Group: Roles and responsibilities, management concepts and reporting routes.

Binding business and process instructions on specific subjects support the targets of the Group policy on a secondary basis.
Business governance Group policy HSE management (2013) Defines the HSE management requirements and instruments such as audits or environmental protection and health and safety management systems (EMAS, ISO 14001 or OHSAS 18001). As a synthesis from the occupational health and safety management and environmental management Group policies existing previously, it harmonises processes and content and contributes to a better integration of the subjects.
E.ON Health, Safety and Environment Policy Statement (2013; revised in 2014).  In harmony with the corporate strategy, the HSE Group policy statement formally signed by the E.ON SE Board and Works Council officially defines the intentions and alignment of E.ON to achieve a permanent improvement in the HSE area.
Code of Conduct of the SGC (updated 2016) and of the HSE GC (2013) The Code of Conduct defines targets, structure and governance principles for the Sustainability Governance Council (SGC) and the HSE Governance Council (HSE GC).
Business Governance Group Policy “Incident & Crisis Management” (2013) Group-wide policy that defines fundamental structures and processes for event & crisis management. This includes the responsible implementation and care of a corresponding management and the mastering of emergencies and crises within the Group.

The main targets are:

Target 1: Protection of human life and the environment

Target 2: Protection of customers, our employees and external business partners as well as our corporate assets
Business governance Group policy security management (2015) Defines basic structures and processes for the rolling out and development of an appropriate security management in the E.ON Group
Business governance Group policy Information security (updated in 2014) The Group policy describes the Group-wide organisation of information security with which we control risks regarding the confidentiality, availability and integrity of information.

Eight new business instructions that came into force on first of December 2014 specify the Group policy regarding a comprehensive approach to the protection of cyber-attacks and give the employees detailed conduct requirements.
Business governance Group policy Data protection (2015) Standard regulation for the establishment of the data protection organisation for E.ON Group companies in Germany. It is used, among other things, to achieve a unified and appropriate data protection standard at domestic Group companies, greater transparency regarding the data protection activities and synergy effects.

HSE Management Certificates

The Group policy “HSE Management” defines minimum standard requirements and management tools for standardized processes in the area of health, safety and environment. Within we commit to implement an externally certified environment management system according to ISO 14001 and an occupational safety management system according to OHSAS 18001 for all global and regional units.