Integrated annual and sustainability report, GRI ‘core’ compliance, UN Global Compact

EVN AG – Annual report – 30 September 2020

Industry: utilities

About this report

Under the title “EVN Full Report”, we publish an integrated annual and sustainability report for each financial year. The equal treatment of non-financial and financial information and the corporate governance report in this publication underscore our self-image as a responsible energy and environmental services provider.

Applied standards and guidelines

This full report meets the high standards of the UN Global Compact and presents our progress in the related areas. The following corporate departments were responsible for the collection and calculation of data in accordance with national and international standards and with the guidelines for financial and sustainability reporting: accounting, controlling and human resources management as well as the staff department for innovation, sustainability and environmental protection. The consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with § 245a of the Austrian Commercial Code based on the requirements of the IFRSs issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the interpretations of the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) which required mandatory application as of the balance sheet date and had been adopted by the European Union.

Non-financial reporting was based on the applicable standards and sector supplements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), which were applied as completely as possible. This full report for 2019/20 meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative, option “core“ and also presents additional performance indicators. Moreover, it includes company-specific indicators as defined by the GRI Sector Supplement for the Electric Utilities Sector. The indicators listed in the GRI content index reflect the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative and, consequently, provide a summary of the content. The GRI content index does not cover supplementary non-financial information.

Reporting in accordance with the Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act

EU Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity-related information (NFI Guideline) was implemented in Austria through the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act (“Nachhaltigkeits- und Diversitätsverbesserungsgesetz“). In order to meet the related requirements, we selected the option to prepare a separate non-financial report for the 2019/20 consolidated financial statements and integrate this information in our full report. The disclosures required by the Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act on environmental, social and employee issues, respect for human rights and combatting corruption are therefore presented under the section “Non-financial report“ and listed separately in the table of contents for easier orientation.

Reporting principles and structure

A central element of EVN’s integrated business model is the equal treatment given to the interests and concerns of our various stakeholders. This is reflected, above all, in the EVN materiality matrix, which identifies the priority topics for the various interest groups based on a regular survey. The non-financial reporting content is selected according to its relevance for sustainability and in order to achieve a balanced and complete presentation of the most important current issues, as well as in line with the following principles:

  • Inclusion of stakeholders: The reporting content is based on legal requirements and the information needs of our stakeholders, which were identified through a stakeholder survey in 2020. This structured survey process takes place every three years.
  • Materiality: EVN’s most important activity and subject areas are defined by the EVN materiality matrix based on the results of the stakeholder survey and are reflected in the structure for this full report. The classification by area of activity is intended to give equal treatment to the diverse and varied information needs of EVN’s target groups. In agreement with the GRI reporting standards, information of low importance is not provided in order to maximise relevance and transparency by concentrating on the most significant issues.
  • Completeness: The reporting meets the applicable legal requirements as well as the applied GRI standards.

External verification KPMG Austria GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungs- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft was responsible for the audit of the consolidated financial statements and the verification of compliance with GRI standards and the Austrian Sustainability and Diversity Improvement Act for the 2019/20 financial year.

References

You can find additional information on certain topics on EVN’s website, as indicated by the cross-references in this report. The full report also includes references to GRI standards and to other information within the report. The signs used in this full report are listed below:

Content accuracy and gender-specific wording

We prepared this full report and verified the data with the greatest possible diligence. Nevertheless, rounding, typesetting and/or printing errors cannot be excluded. The use of automatic data processing equipment can lead to rounding differences in the addition of rounded amounts and percentage rates. This full report also contains forward-looking statements, estimates and assumptions which are based on the information available to us up to the editorial deadline. Such statements are typically connected with terms such as “expect“, “estimate“, “plan“, “anticipate“ etc. We would like to point out that actual circumstances – and, in turn, the company’s performance and results – may differ from the expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this report for a variety of reasons.

The introduction of a software tool in 2019/20 to support non-financial reporting led to a further improvement in data quality – above all, regarding the environment and climate. The related prior year data were adjusted accordingly.

EVN is also committed to equal treatment in references to men and women in its internal and external publications, i. e. also in this full report. Texts in which only the masculine form is used to improve readability should be understood to refer to both genders equally.

This full report is available in German and English. In case of doubt, the German version takes precedence.

The editorial deadline for this report was 16 November 2020.