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Principles of human resources management

EVN is committed to the equal treatment of the wide-ranging interests of its stakeholders and, for that reason, also places high value on meeting the diverse needs of its employees. Numerous measures are in place to ensure that EVN not only meets its legal obligations as an employer, but also provides numerous voluntary benefits. With this continuous engagement, EVN offers its employees a positive working environment where they can develop their skills and talents. The central values of the corporate culture and the treatment of employees are defined in corporate principles.

Equal treatment and opportunity

The EVN Group is active in a large number of countries with different working conditions. This diverse operating environment led to the company’s decision to comply with the principles of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Moreover, EVN joined the UN Global Compact in September 2005 and thereby confirmed its intention to act in accordance with the global principles of ethical business behaviour. Closely connected with this commitment is the challenge of eliminating all discrimination on the basis of nationality or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, age or state of health. People with the same professional and personal qualifications are given equal treatment in hiring, further training and career development, working conditions and salaries. EVN also signed a “charter on the new compatibility between parents and business” in May 2011. In addition, the “Women@EVN” programme was introduced by the Executive Board already in 2010/11.

Corporate social partnership

EVN takes major business decisions in a transparent manner in agreement with the managerial mission statement and in accordance with legal regulations. Employee representatives are, of course, integrated into the decision-making process and provided with appropriate information.

Health care, occupational safety and accident prevention

Occupational safety and accident prevention have high priority in all EVN business units. The high level of safety is ensured by training and awareness-building measures. In addition to legal regulations, EVN has issued a comprehensive internal safety set of rules with business directives and guidelines. The main section is a special “Safety Handbook” tailored to working conditions in the energy industry that is available to all employees on the Intranet.

Up-to-date and comprehensive information for employees

The magazine “EVN Intern” has provided employees with regular information on corporate developments for many years. In addition, the EVN Intranet provides a broad overview of current issues involving the company, energy supply and employee representatives as well as information on seminars and training events. In a personal section, each employee can also review his or her own flexi-time data. In order to support the preferred internal filling of positions, job advertisements are also posted on the Intranet. These and additional measures promote the Group-wide exchange and employment of personnel.

Employee commitment to social causes

Many EVN employees not only work for the company, but also make valuable contributions to society. A large number of EVN’s employees do volunteer work in organisations like the Red Cross or the local fire brigade during their free time. As an employer, EVN supports this commitment by excusing employees from work for up to half of the invested time in case of an operation. EVN also helps employees to accumulate the necessary vacation time through flexitime work models.

  • An example of how EVN brings the principle of voluntary commitment and volunteer work to life is provided in the text box “EVN for Lower Austria“.



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