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Energy, telecommunications and information technology
provide a diverse field of work for an average of 9,134 employees
in the EWE Group, 607 of whom work at EWE AG.
Our success is the result of their skills and motivation. We
rely on fair, appreciative collaboration and have set this
standard down in the EWE code of conduct, with which
EWE and all employees undertake to comply.
Our activities are focused on three aspects:

Employees
Working conditions *NFS*

Concept

We strive to remain an attractive employer in an environment characterised by profound change processes. To this end, we want to enable our personnel to balance their professional and private lives. As an employer, we offer collective wage and bargaining agreements, a company pension scheme and inhouse health management. We analyse our natural fluctuation in this context 1.

Group-wide conceptual frameworks such as its personnel strategy and collective bargaining policy form the framework in which its operating companies act. As the architect of the framework, the Group’s personnel department monitors compliance with these regulations and supports the Group companies as a designer, advisor or service provider.

Selected measures in 2017

  • The social partners entered into the bargaining agreement ‘Mobile Working’ in order to increase flexibility in the selection of working hours and location.
  • EWE OSS GmbH became the first company to establish a comprehensive collective wage agreement in the field of offshore services. Additionally, eight bargaining agreements have been signed between the social partners.
In 2017, the natural fluctuation1 in the EWE companies subject to the EWE framework collective wage agreement 2 was 2.1 per cent. For EWE AG, the natural fluctuation 1 was 1.9 per cent. 2.1% natural fluctuation in EWE companies Results 1.9% natural fluctuation in EWE AG

1 Therefore, the departures from an EWE Group company due to employee termination, retirement or death are considered relative to the average number of full-time and part-time employees in that company. Managing directors, trainees, interns, apprentices, temporary staff and student trainees are not taken into consideration

2 EWE AG, EWE NETZ GmbH, EWE VERTRIEB GmbH, EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH and EWE TRADING GmbH

Education and advanced training *NFS*

Concept

The objective of education and advanced training is to strengthen the future competitiveness of EWE through the qualification of personnel and managers. The training departments in the Group are responsible for advanced training and ensuring that the Group has a sufficient supply of young personnel. The Group management, companies and managers are actively involved in controlling the education and advanced training activities. The process is controlled differently in the Group and from company to company. Requirements are identified in the decentralised operating companies. The personnel and organisational development of EWE AG supports employees and managers with advice as well as strategic organisational and personnel development measures. EWE provides knowledge management and life-long learning programmes tailored specifically to certain target groups.

Selected measures in 2017

  • The EWE Akademie has been supporting EWE managers with a new concept since 2017. The concept is centred on collaboration skills, customer orientation and agility, negotiation management and business development. For certain topics, other employees have been given the opportunity to participate.
  • In 2017, EWE employed 453 vocational trainees and students in 25 different professions and integrated degree programmes throughout the Group. For the first time, EWE is also training retail sellers in line with its requirements.
The knowledge management and life-long learning programmes commit employees and managers to regular training courses, including in compliance, data protection and organisational decentralisation. We also provide our personnel with advanced training opportunities tailored to each specific target group. EWE is increasingly reliant on digital learning concepts. In 2017, it created a series of e-learning units and made them available through the learning platform. At the same time, all personnel have access to a range of training courses through the workshop portal. We train young professionals in a variety of professions in the Group’s internal centre for education and advanced training. The Group-wide services of the EWE Akademie are tailored to managers and talented individuals in particular.
Health management and occupational safety *NFS*

Concept

The Group’s occupational health and safety department controls the occupational health and safety processes and programmes and verifies their implementation. The central health management department is responsible for occupational integration management, workplace health promotion and a health portal. The initiatives are adjusted on the basis of weekly and monthly absence reports. Additionally, EWE prepares annual health reports in order to identify new fields of action. The Board of Management receives regular reports on the health rate.

Within each company, workplace physicians, health and safety specialists and officers and the works council serve to support safety in the workplace. If an accident happens, it is analysed by the companies, discussed by an occupational safety committee which convenes regularly and, if necessary, steps are taken to prevent future instances. The Board of Management is notified of the accident rate on a quarterly basis, or immediately in the case of particularly serious accidents.

We gauge our progress by the health 1 and accident rates 2. The health rate is to be kept above the average 3 for the sector and improved further. The Group strives for an accident rate below the average of 2014−2016 of the trade association Berufsgenossenschaft Energie Textil Elektro Medienerzeugnisse (BG ETEM); in particular, fatal accidents should be prevented.

Selected measures in 2017

  • Health measures such as the ‘Time for Me’ initiative, raising awareness of exercise, stress and addiction, especially among apprentices, diverse exercise and nutrition programmes, work in an open-plan office and the development of a healthy management concept.
  • Personnel are regularly briefed about potential dangers in the workplace and how to handle them safely; additionally, short safety talks are provided, especially in technical fields, following recent events.
In 2017, the health rate was 94.6 per cent 4 (industry average for 2016: 95.2 per cent 3). The health rate for EWE AG 5 was 96.0 per cent in 2017. 94.6% health rate 2017 in the EWE Group In 2017, the accident rate6 declined from 10.7 to 8.1 accidents per 1,000 employees 7. The accident rate in EWE AG was 3.0 accidents per 1,000 employees in 2017. As a result, the current average of 18.2 accidents per 1,000 employees for 2014–2016 of BG ETEM has been surpassed. 8.1 accidents per 1,000 employees EWE Group There were no fatal accidents. 7 3.0 accidents per 1,000 employees EWE AG

1 Defined as the proportion of regular working hours in which our personnel were present in one year

2 Based on accidents that must be reported as defined by BG ETEM

3 Source: Dachverband BKK e. V.

4 With regard to the companies: EWE AG (excluding executive employees), EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH, EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, EWE NETZ GmbH, EWE TEL GmbH, EWE TRADING GmbH, EWE VERTRIEB GmbH, EWE WASSER GmbH, EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH, BTC Business Technology Consulting AG, BTC IT Services GmbH, swb Erzeugung GmbH & Co. KG, swb Entsorgung GmbH & Co. KG, swb CREA GmbH, wesernetz Bremerhaven GmbH, wesernetz Bremen GmbH, swb Vertrieb Bremen GmbH, swb Vertrieb Bremerhaven GmbH & Co. KG, swb Services GmbH & Co. KG, swb AG, swb Abrechnungsservice GmbH

5 excluding executive employees

6 Deviations from GRI 403-2: The figures concern employees, i.e. permanent employees and not subcontractors or temporary personnel; no classification by gender; Accidents: besides occupational accidents, commuting accidents and company-facilitated sporting accidents are taken into consideration; Region: based on the companies indicated. There were no fatal accidents

7 With regard to the companies: BIBER GmbH, EWE ERNEUERBARE ENERGIEN GmbH, EWE AG, EnergieCampus GmbH, EWE GASSPEICHER GmbH, EWE NETZ GmbH, EWE TEL GmbH, EWE TRADING GmbH, EWE VERTRIEB GmbH, EWE WASSER GmbH, Gebäudesicherheit Nord GmbH, EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH, Gastransport Nord GmbH, BTC AG, BTC IT Services GmbH, swb AG, swb Beleuchtung GmbH, swb Entsorgung GmbH & Co. KG, swb Erzeugung AG & Co. KG, swb CREA GmbH, swb Vertrieb Bremen GmbH, swb Vertrieb Bremerhaven GmbH & Co. KG, swb Services AG & Co. KG, swb Abrechnungsservice GmbH in Bremen, wesernetz Bremen GmbH, wesernetz Bremerhaven GmbH, qbig GmbH. Only the values for the 2017 reporting year have been checked