GRI G4 Content Index 2015

“Our Responsibility. Report 2015” was prepared in compliance with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) taking account of the option “In accordance” core. The G4 Guidelines valid since May 2013 were applied. The “G4 Sector Disclosure” for Electric Utilities was also applied.

The report “Our Responsibility. Report 2015” was submitted for the GRI Materiality Disclosure Service. GRI confirmed the correct positioning of the “G4 materiality disclosures” (G4-17 – G4-27).

General Standard Disclosures

General Standard DisclosuresPage NumberExternal Audit

Strategy and analysis

 

G4-11-2 Foreword

Organizational profile

 

G4-3RWE Group
G4-43 Our Company
G4-5Essen, Germany
G4-614 Our Regions
G4-7

RWE AG

AR 14

G4-8

14 Our Regions

Key Data Tool: Customers, External electricity & gas sales volume

G4-9

3 Our company

14 Our regions, Key Data Tool: Workforce, Asset/ capital structure, Financial figures

AR 49-50, 96

The main products of RWE are electricity, gas and heat. We distribute electricity and market energy-related services to our customers. We present our value chain on p. 5-11 "Our value chain", offers for our customers are shown in the area for action Market and customers. Specific statistics cannot be provided for all products and services including all tariffs because some relate to special regional offers.

G4-10

Key Data Tool: Workforce

AR 58

Reporting these data for employees of our partner companies is not possible. Reporting is also very unlikely in the future because the partner companies are not obliged to disclose these data. This is because otherwise the company requesting the data could recalculate the price structure.

G4-11

99.8 % of our employees are employed in Europe and they are represented by the European Works Council, Social Charter

All subcontractors have made a commitment to the Code of Conduct and are thereby committed to compliance with the principles of the United Nations Global Compact which also includes the right to collective-bargaining agreements.

G4-1270-72 Sourcing energy commodities and trading, Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants
G4-13AR 19-20, 38-41, 100-102
G4-14

26 Compliance: Challenge and targets

50 Environmental protection and biodiversity

76 Challenge

AR 78-80

G4-15

24 Transparency with high standards

53 Protection and promotion of biodiversity

70-72 Motivation and targets, Bettercoal Initiative, Requirements for the procurement of biomass

G4-16

70 Motivation and targets

71 Bettercoal Initiative

72 Requirements for the procurement of biomass

No further donations are made above the standard membership fee.

EU1

3 Our company

14-15 Our regions, Renewable energies, Extraction and conventional generation of electricity

17 Renewable energies, Conventional generation of electricity, 19 Renewable energies, Conventional generation of electricity

21 Renewable energies, Conventional generation of electricity

22 Central Eastern and South-eastern Europe and Turkey

Key Data Tool: Power plant capacity

EU2

8 Power and heat generation

Key Data Tool: Power generation

AR 44-45

EU3

3 Our company

10 Retail business and use of electricity and gas

14 Our regions

Key Data Tool: Customers

AR 47-49

EU4

9 Distribution of electricity and gas

15 Grids and retail business

21 Grids and retail business

The amount of cabling for distribution grids in the RWE Deutschland Group is 72 %.

EU5

Key Data Tool: CO2 emissions

AR 46

Identified material aspects and boundaries

 

G4-17

90 Data

AR 151-158

G4-18

5 Our value chain

35-38 Materiality Analysis

89 Approach

G4-19

6-11 Our value chain

35-38 Materiality Analysis

G4-20

6-11 Our value chain

35-38 Materiality Analysis

G4-21

6-11 Our value chain

35-38 Materiality Analysis

G4-2299 Explanations of the Indicators
G4-235 Our value chain

Stakeholder engagement

 

G4-2429 Stakeholder dialogue
G4-25

29 Stakeholder dialogue, 35 Materiality Analysis

We are open to all stakeholder issues. A preliminary selection process does not therefore take place.

G4-2629-34 Stakeholder dialogue, 35 Materiality Analysis
G4-27

25 Transparency with dialogue

29 Constructive exchange of ideas at different levels

30-31 Stakeholder Council (Statement)

37-38 Developments in the CR areas for action

Report profile

 

G4-2890 Data
G4-29April 2015
G4-30Annually
G4-31101 Contact and Imprint
G4-32

89 Basic principles

94-96 Index According to (Global Reporting Initiative) – Summary

G4-33

89 Report Profile

91-93 Independent Assurance Report

Corporate Governance

 

G4-34

24 Anchoring CR in the organisation, Making CR successes quantifiable

AR 7-10

Ethics and Integrity

 

G4-56

26 Challenge and targets

70 Motivation and targets

Specific Standard Disclosures

DMA and IndicatorsPage NumberExternal Audit

Category: economic

 

Material Aspect: Economic Performance
G4-DMA12-13 Developments in our regions
G4-EC1

54 Community Engagement, 55, 58

Key Data Tool: Value added

G4-EC2

42-45 Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Renewal of our power plants, Security standby for lignite-fired power stations

Key Data Tool: Environmental expenditure

AR 18, 20-22, 30f., 33f., 36f., 83

The Executive Board engages in control processes that address the financial risks and opportunities which are associated with climate change. However, competitive considerations mean that the results are not published.

G4-EC3

Key Data Tool: Staff costs

AR 128-132

G4-EC4

AR 14, 26

RWE does not receive any financial grants or subsidies from the Government for its operating business. RWE also finances all its investments from its own resources. RWE only receives financial assistance from government agencies for R&D activities and agricultural subsidies from the EU for the use of agricultural operational areas amounting to about € 405,462 in 2014. At Editorial Deadline the value in 2015 was not available.

Material Aspect: Indirect Economic Impacts
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

54-55 Community Engagement, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

We analyse the needs of the communities in the course of project development (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment). A detailed review of the results is not possible due to the large number of project developments.

G4-EC754-58 Community Engagement, Action on fuel poverty, Corporate Volunteering, Aid for refugees, RWE Education Initiative 3malE, Education initiative in Poland
G4-EC854-56 Community Engagement, Action on fuel poverty
Material Aspect: Procurement Practices
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives,

69-70 Supply chain, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-EC9Up to one third of investments in major projects remain in the region.At the moment, we are not in a position to report on the proportion of the purchasing budget because the data is unavailable.
Material Aspect: Availability and Reliability
G4-DMA79-81 Security of Supply, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement
EU10

16 Further stages in the energy transition,

19 Renewable energies, Conventional electricity generation,

44-45 Security standby for lignite-fired power stations, Capital expenditure on renewable energies, Offshore wind power, Onshore wind power,

48 Development in energy efficiency

Data on the total projected demand is not appropriate for an economic system of deregulated markets. For example, we are not responsible for the security of supply in sales as an electricity generator, but only in some regions as a baseload supplier. However, since the necessary amounts for this can be purchased in the electricity market, there is no direct link to capacities which RWE has available as a generator.
Material Aspect: Demand-Side Management
G4-DMA

59-60 Market and Customers, Challenge, Motivation and targets,

61-63 Intelligent home control with SmartHome, RWE solar weeks, Individual energy services, Individual energy services for commercial customers,

84-86 Challenge, Motivation and targets, Laboratory for future ideas, Projects for electromobility, Energy management for flexibility

Material Aspect: Research and Development
G4-DMA

83-84 Innovation, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

AR 23-27

Material Aspect: Plant Decommissioning
G4-DMAAR 127, 132-134
Material Aspect: System Efficiency of the power plant portfolio and distribution
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives,

47-48 Energy efficiency, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement,

82 Awards for intelligent grids

EU1148-49 Development in energy efficiency
EU12The grid losses of the german distribution system operators over all voltage levels are between round about 2.0 % and 4.5 %.

Category: environmental

 

Material Aspect: Energy
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

47-49 Energy efficiency, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Expanded energy management system

G4-EN3

Key Data Tool: Fuels

407.4 TWh = 1,466.6 PJ

Material Aspect: Water
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-51 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

53 Water usage

G4-EN8

Key Data Tool: Water

Withdrawal:
6,984 million m³, of which 598 million m³ is groundwater
2,109 million m3 surface water
4,248 million m³ sea/brackish water
3.5 million m³ drinking water
26.5 million m³ is from other sources

Treatment of ash with water and washing coal with water does not take place at RWE.

Material Aspect: Biodiversity
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-51 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

53 Protection and promotion of biodiversity

G4-EN11A total of 1,249 hectares (ha) of land operated by RWE Power is located in protected areas. These are areas of opencast mining in Germany. 8,725 ha of protected areas are adjacent to our operating facilities.
G4-EN12

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-51 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

53 Protection and promotion of biodiversity

EU13

53 Protection and promotion of biodiversity

Out of a total of 22,949.6 ha of recultivated areas of land in the Rhineland lignite mining area, 7,144 ha of recultivated land are recognised as protected areas.

Material Aspect: Emissions
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

41-43 Climate protection, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

50-52 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Pollutant emissions and waste

G4-EN15

43, Key Data Tool: CO2 emissions

 

Specific CO2 emissions for countries for total electricity generation:

Germany = 0.826 mt CO2/MWh

UK = 0.472 mt CO2/MWh

Netherlands/ Belgium = 0.664 mt CO2/MWh

Central Eastern/ South-eastern Europe = 1.208 mt CO2/MWh

Turkey = 0.382 mt CO2/MWh

 

Specific CO2 emissions for countries relating to electricity generation from fossil energy sources:

Germany = 0.831 mt CO2/MWh

UK = 0.472 mt CO2/MWh

Netherlands/ Belgium = 0.664 mt CO2/MWh

Central Eastern/ South-eastern Europe = 1.208 mt CO2/MWh

Turkey = 0.382 mt CO2/MWh

G4-EN1643, Key Data Tool: CO2 emissions
G4-EN1743, Key Data Tool: CO2 emissions
G4-EN18

42-43 Motivation and targets

Key Data Tool: CO2 emissions

G4-EN1942-43 Motivation and targets
G4-EN20Negligible amounts of ozone-depleting substances, including in particular chlorinated hydrocarbons, are used by RWE in the core processes, so that these are not recorded separately.
G4-EN21

52 Pollutant emissions and waste, Key Data Tool: Pollutant emissions

We do not record any further air pollutants in standard reporting because this is not technically possible at the plants.

Material Aspect: Effluents and Waste
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-53 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Pollutant emissions and waste, Water usage

G4-EN22

Key Data Tool: Water

The pollutant concentrations for wastewater conducted away from power plants are specified by the licensing authorities. Thresholds are monitored using the monitoring values defined in the corresponding licences. Monitoring of threshold values is carried out by in-house monitoring systems as well as monitoring exercises implemented by government agencies. The permissible monitoring values ensure that a good ecological status can be achieved for the surface waters.

G4-EN23

Key Data Tool: Waste

The reprocessing of irradiated nuclear fuel has not been permitted since 1 July 2005 (Article 9a Section 1 Atomic Energy Act (AtG)). In Germany, the Federal States are responsible for final disposal of radioactive waste in accordance with Article 9a Section 3 Sentence 1 Atomic Energy Act (AtG).

G4-EN24A routine internal survey recorded no significant releases of pollutants for RWE during the course of the year under review.
Material Aspect: Products and Services
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

41-43 Climate protection, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-EN27

41-43 Climate protection, Motivation and targets

47-49 Energy efficiency, Motivation and targets, Development in energy efficiency

51-52 Pollutant emissionsmissions and waste

The requirements of the indicator to report other environmental impacts, apart from emissions, are not applicable as they are not relevant to our business.
Material Aspect: Compliance
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-51 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-EN29A routine internal survey recorded no significant monetary or non-monetary sanctions imposed on RWE for environmental issues during the course of the year under review.
Material Aspect: Overall
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

50-51 Environmental protection and biodiversity, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-EN31Key Data Tool: Environmental expenditure
Material Aspect: Supplier Environmental Assessment
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

70-72 Supply chain, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants

G4-EN3271-72 Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants
G4-EN3371-72 Review of trading partners, Bettercoal Initiative, Sourcing goods, services and plantsWe can only report on the number of audited suppliers regarding environmental aspects for goods, services and facilities and the audits carried out by Bettercoal Initiative. The requirements of the indicator to report details on the purchase of other combustion fuels and biomass is not applicable because the impacts here are with the producers and not with our suppliers. We are committed to creating improved production conditions, for example through our engagement in the Bettercoal initiative and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership.
Material Aspect: Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
G4-DMA26 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation
G4-EN34We cannot yet report details on the number of complaints regarding impacts on society submitted, processed and resolved because these values are unavailable. We are currently establishing a system for recording this data and we want to report on this issue from 2017.

Category: social

 

Labor Practices and Decent Work

Material Aspect: Employment
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

65-67 Employees, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Cultural change in the company, Appeal as an employer and training

G4-LA14, Key Data Tool: WorkforceWe cannot yet report details on turnover broken down into categories because these values are unavailable. We are planning a group-wide survey and intend to report on this from 2016. We report on the age structure and gender-specific employee distribution.
EU15Key Data Tool: Age structure
EU17

RWE only uses a small proportion of employees from subcontractors to carry out operational functions on a permanent basis. Employees from subcontractors are used for construction and assembly operations, and for maintenance and services.


In 2015, employees from subcontractors worked 58.9 million hours for RWE. A further classification according to the type of work is not possible.

EU18

77 Occupational safety with subcontractors

All employees of partner companies are trained on construction sites of RWE.

Material Aspect: Labor/Management Relations
G4-DMA65-66 Employees, Motivation and targets
G4-LA4

66 Motivation and targets

RWE Social Charta

Material Aspect: Occupational Health and Safety
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

75-76 Occupational safety and healthcare management, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-LA6

76-77 Monitoring and performance measurement

Key Data Tool: Occupational Health and Safety

We cannot yet report details broken down into the type of injuries, the injury rate, the absentee rate (Lost Day Rate, LDR) and work-related fatalities, since these values are subject to specific confidentiality constraints. This is because these data are recorded in anonymised form due to data-protection restrictions. The figures on occupational diseases and absentee rate are not available for RWE employees or for partner companies due to data-protection restrictions.
G4-LA776 Challenge
Material Aspect: Training and Education
G4-DMA66-67 Group-wide job market, Cultural change in the company, Appeal as an employer and training
G4-LA1066-67 Group-wide job market, Cultural change in the company, Appeal as an employer and training
Material Aspect: Diversity and Equal Opportunity
G4-DMA65-68 Employees, Monitoring and performance measurement, Diversity and equal opportunity, Increasing the proportion of women
G4-LA12

68 Increasing the proportion of women

Key Data Tool: Workforce, Age Structure

AR 7, 177-179

A survey of data on minorities is not permitted in Germany under privacy regulations.
Material Aspect: Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
G4-DMAAs a matter of principle, RWE pays women the same salary as men in equivalent positions. The salary is calculated exclusively on the basis of qualification. The employee representatives ensure that equality is maintained in this area.
G4-LA13As a matter of principle, RWE pays women the same salary as men in equivalent positions. The salary is calculated exclusively on the basis of qualification. The employee representatives ensure that equality is maintained in this area.
Material Aspect: Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

70-72 Supply chain, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants

G4-LA1471-72 Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants
G4-LA1571-72 Review of trading partners, Bettercoal Initiative,Sourcing goods, services and plantsWe can only report on the number of audited suppliers regarding labour practices for goods, services and facilities and the audits carried out by Bettercoal Initiative. The requirements of the indicator to report details on the purchase of other combustion fuels and biomass is not applicable because the impacts here are with the producers and not with our suppliers. We are committed to creating improved production conditions, for example through our engagement in the Bettercoal initiative and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership.
Material Aspect: Labor Practices Grievance Machanisms
G4-DMA26 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation
G4-LA16We cannot yet report details on the number of complaints regarding labour practices submitted, processed and resolved because these values are unavailable. We are currently establishing a system for recording this data and we want to report on this issue from 2017.

Human Rights

Material Aspect: Supplier Human Rights Assessment
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives,

70-72 Supply chain, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants

G4-HR1071-72 Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants
G4-HR1171-72 Review of trading partners, Bettercoal Initiative,Sourcing goods, services and plantsWe can only report on the number of audited suppliers regarding human rights for goods, services and facilities and the audits carried out by Bettercoal Initiative. The requirements of the indicator to report details on the purchase of other combustion fuels and biomass is not applicable because the impacts here are with the producers and not with our suppliers. We are committed to creating improved production conditions, for example through our engagement in the Bettercoal initiative and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership.
Material Aspect: Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms
G4-DMA26 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation
G4-HR12We cannot yet report details on the number of complaints regarding human rights submitted, processed and resolved because these values are unavailable. We are currently establishing a system for recording this data and we want to report on this issue from 2017.

Society

Material Aspect: Local Communities
G4-DMA

32-33 Stakeholder dialogue by regions

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

54-55 Community Engagement, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-SO1

29 Constructive exchange of ideas at different levels, 32-33 Stakeholder dialogue by regions

54-55 Community Engagement, Monitoring and performance measurement

We analyse the needs of communities in the course of project development (Environmental and Social Impact Assessment). A detailed disclosure of the results is not possible on account of the large number of project developments.

G4-SO2

27 Group security

50 Environmental protection and biodiversity

The environmental impacts during the operational phase are continuously monitored by the government authorities, as prescribed by the Technical Instructions on Air Pollution (TA Luft).

EU22We only carry out resettlements in the course of lignite extraction. RWE pays full compensation for the residents’ property and any removal costs. During the period under review approximately 220 people were affected.
Material Aspect: Disaster/Emergency Planning and Response
G4-DMA27 Group security
Material Aspect: Anti-Corruption
G4-DMA26-27 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation, Compliance monitoring
G4-SO3

27 Compliance monitoring

All fully consolidated Group companies are monitored for risks related to corruption.

We do not explicitly report on the established risks, since these values are subject to specific confidentiality constraints. They are confidential as it is business-relevant information. We are currently already reporting through the two-stage process on identification and assessment of compliance risks.
G4-SO426-27 Compliance organisationWe do not report with classification according to employee category, since these values are subject to specific confidentiality constraints. They are confidential as it is business-relevant information.
Material Aspect: Public Policy
G4-DMA

27-28 Group security,

29 Constructive exchange of ideas at different levels,

32-34 Stakeholder dialogue by regions

G4-SO6Code of Conduct p.17: "RWE is non-partisan and does not make contributions to political parties or to organisations and foundations that are closely associated with political parties."
Material Aspect: Anti-Competitive Behavior
G4-DMA26 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation
G4-SO7AR 84, 144
Material Aspect: Compliance
G4-DMA26-27 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation, Compliance monitoring
G4-SO8Our group-wide survey revealed that no penalties have been issued in this area.
Material Aspect: Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society
G4-DMA

40 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives

70-72 Supply chain, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement, Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants

G4-SO971-72 Review of trading partners, Sourcing goods, services and plants
G4-SO1070-72 Review of trading partners, Bettercoal Initiative, Sourcing goods, services and plantsWe can only report on the number of audited suppliers regarding impacts on society for goods, services and facilities and the audits carried out by Bettercoal Initiative. The requirements of the indicator to report details on the purchase of other combustion fuels and biomass is not applicable because the impacts here are with the producers and not with our suppliers. We are committed to creating improved production conditions, for example through our engagement in the Bettercoal initiative and the Sustainable Biomass Partnership.
Material Aspect: Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society
G4-DMA26 Challenge and targets, Compliance organisation
G4-SO11We cannot yet report details on the number of complaints regarding impacts on society submitted, processed and resolved because these values are unavailable. We are currently establishing a system for recording this data and we want to report on this issue from 2017.

Product Responsibility

Material Aspect: Product and Service Labeling
G4-DMA

39 Overview of our ten areas for action and our CR objectives,

59-61 Market and Customers, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement

G4-PR3The electricity bill generated by RWE across Europe includes details of the energy mix and CO2 emissions in compliance with the EU Directive 2003/54/EC – regulated in Germany in Article 42 of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).Additional information required for this indicator on substances, safe use and product disposal are not applicable to the product and service information for the main products electricity and gas of RWE.
G4-PR560-61 Monitoring and performance measurement, International customer loyalty and satisfaction
Material Aspect: Customer Privacy
G4-DMA

27-28 Group security

62 Intelligent home control with SmartHome

64 Interview on data protection and data security

G4-PR8We cannot yet report on the number of substantiated data protection complaints because these data are not available. A system for recording these data is being established and we want to report on this issue from 2016.
Material Aspect: Access
G4-DMA79-81 Security of Supply, Challenge, Motivation and targets, Monitoring and performance measurement
EU28The System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) without force majeure in the RWE distribution grid in Germany was 0.28 and in the RWE distribution grid in Poland 1.29 in 2014. The data for the year 2015 were not available when this report went to press.
EU2980 Monitoring and performance measurement