Protecting people and the environment
No effort is too great for a pair of white storks when it comes to building a safe nest for their young: They work together to collect up to a tonne of brushwood, lumps of earth, tufts of grass, roots, hay and moss. And they prefer to build their nests up high where it's hardest for their enemies to reach them.
Protecting what is important
We also bear responsibility as an organisation: for the protection of our employees, customers, the environment and the climate. Specifically, this means: We have to contribute to climate protection, keep environmental influences as low as possible, ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers and protect personal data.
The future is climate-neutral
We want to continuously reduce our own CO2 footprint. That's why in 2017 we developed a new climate strategy that sets out targets and measures. The focus is on the reduction of carbon emissions released in connection with the sale of power and natural gas to our customers. This is because these emissions (Scope 3) constitute the majority of our CO2 footprint. We have defined concrete measures that will help us to achieve our targets. This also includes reducing our own energy consumption. All of our plants and buildings will be climate-neutral by 2030, meaning they will no longer cause any emissions.
In order to keep environmental influences as low as possible, all of our units must introduce environmental management systems that are certified to internationally recognised standards. We have captured this in our Group Guidelines. These certifications require that we evaluate environmental aspects and effects and make efforts towards continuous improvements.
Working safely and staying healthy
Even with all the mechanisation and digitalisation, the same applies as before: Our employees are our most important asset. That's why the issues of safety and health have long been anchored in our organisational structure. Both of these are essential values in our organisational culture and contribute decisively to avoiding accidents in the workplace as well as minimising health stresses on our employees.
Handling personal data
Increasing digitalisation opens up lots of opportunities, but it also represents a potential risk for the safety of personal data. This is why it should always be ensure that personal data is not improperly handled, changed or deleted. Additionally, data and systems for data handling must always be available if these are used. The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (German: DSGVO) which entered into force in 2018 means the requirements for privacy protection have increased. We have adjusted our guidelines and processes to the GDPR and have introduced a privacy protection management system. This is intended to ensure that we pursue a structured, coordinated and uniform approach across the organisation to handling personal data.