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For RWE, respect for human rights is a fundamental component of responsible corporate management. It is our claim and goal that human rights are respected in all our group companies and supply chains.
RWE has therefore developed a systematic approach to respecting human rights and implemented the Human Rights Risk Management System (HRRMS).
The energy sector is undergoing a profound transformation. The transformation to CO2 neutrality and the associated expansion of renewables entail many challenges, for example with regard to raw materials such as cobalt or lithium. To ensure the responsible procurement of raw materials, we also work with associations, organizations and competitors, where appropriate.
The German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (German: Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz (LkSG)) requires us to conduct effective human rights and environmental risk management. As part of this, we have published our policy statement on our human rights strategy.
In the Policy Statement on our Human Rights Strategy, we summarise our commitment to human rights. The Policy Statement forms the binding basis for the implementation of human rights standards at RWE and was adopted by the Executive Board of RWE AG. With it, we amend and concretise the requirements for compliance with human rights from our Code of Conduct.
In the UK, the UK Modern Slavery Act demands that we do everything to prevent any type of modern slavery occurring along our value chain. This includes but is not limited to forced labour and human trafficking. Our Group companies operating in the UK, RWE Supply & Trading GmbH and RWE Generation SE, issue an annual Declaration of Compliance relating to the UK Modern Slavery Act.
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In 2014, RWE and other big energy utilities agreed with the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs on taking concrete steps to improve the coal supply chain. This was confirmed in the Dutch Coal Covenant, which was signed in 2014. With their signature, the parties committed to working together on issues related to human rights, health and safety and stakeholder management. The covenant integrates a strong commitment to the role and work of the Bettercoal initiative. Every year, the signing parties publish an action plan and a progress report. This progress report is central to the Coal Covenant’s annual stakeholder meeting held in December. It has been decided that 2019 will be the final year of the covenant.