UN Global Compact
The RWE Group has been a member of the United Nations’ Global Compact set up by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan since January 2004.
By subscribing to the ten principles enshrined in the Global Compact, RWE has undertaken to promote human rights and protect the environment in everything we do.
We have enshrined these principles in our own Code of Conduct and have made them an integral part of the CR management of our business processes. We report regularly on our progress in our Corporate Responsibility Reports.
As a utility, our mission is to provide our customers with a permanent and reliable supply of environment-friendly energy at affordable prices. To be able to do this, we need power plants with state-of-the-art engineering, ongoing research and development work and a readiness to invest ambitiously in renewable energy sources, while at the same time promoting more efficient energy consumption among our customers. In view of global climate change and rising energy prices, we believe we have a responsibility to set an example to others and to forge ahead with developments which will enable economic growth without overburdening either the environment or our social systems.
Our annual Communication on Progress explains the contribution we have made to upholding the principles of the Global Compact worldwide.
1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining, as well as
4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
5. the effective abolition of child labour and
6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges,
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility, and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.