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Johannes Teyssen

Our CEO, Johannes Teyssen, has held the position of Chief Sustainability Officer as well as Council Chairman since 2016, with responsibility for consulting regularly with the Supervisory Board.

"Sustainability is part of our strategy and integral to the promise that we make to our customers, employees, investors and society at large: we want to do more than simply comply with legal requirements and we want to meet the various expectations placed on an energy company such as E.ON. We want to make a substantive contribution to sustainable development. And that’s why we will always raise the limit of our expectations and constantly strive to make steady improvements by applying our sustainability strategy – time and time again.”

Andreas Rörig

In 2016, we created a new sustainability department, which primarily serves as a source of advice and ideas on sustainability. Andreas Rörig is Senior Vice President of Sustainability & HSSE.

"The energy sector is experiencing turbulent times. Many companies need to change how they do things. We, too, have to constantly tackle new challenges. That is why it is so important that we keep a clear focus on sustainability. We have identified five focus areas that we are prioritising which provide all our employees withthe guidance for pursuing sustainability. If conditions change, we adjust accordingly. But the direction always remains the same: continually moving ahead and constantly improving."

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Ingo Speich

In January 2017, we invited Ingo Speich, Head of Sustainability in portfolio management at Union Investment, to engage in an exchange of views with our Sustainability Council and asked him to assess the impact of corporate sustainability on decisions in the financial sector.

In addition to evaluating financial metrics, sustainable investing focuses on so-called non-financial and/or indirect financial metrics. These are key indicators relating to the environment, public policy and governance. Union Investment's own experience has shown that governance issues pose the most significant risks with respect to financial liabilities.

In addition to evaluating financial metrics, sustainable investing focuses on so-called non-financial and/or indirect financial metrics. These are key indicators relating to the environment, public policy and governance. Union Investment's own experience has shown that governance issues pose the most significant risks with respect to financial liabilities.

"On the whole, we can say that companies that perform well in terms of sustainability, especially in the area of governance, are those that are better at grappling with their own business operations and potential future external influences. They are better prepared to deal with opportunities and risks, are more forward-looking and react faster to challenges that may crop up. That is why we integrate sustainability into our investment strategy and closely examine developments in that area. Not just by focusing on a particular awards, but by analysing concrete data," says Ingo Speich.