Integrated annual and sustainability report, GRI 4 compliance, UN Global Compact

EVN AG – Annual report – 30 September 2017

Industry: utilities

About this report

EVN has published an integrated annual and sustainability report, a so-called “full report”, for each financial year since 2009/10. The equal treatment of sustainability content, including the sustainability programme, with the annual report and corporate governance report reflects EVN’s self-image as a responsible energy and environmental services provider. A central element of EVN’s integrated business model is the well-balanced treatment of its various stakeholder groups. 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 multifaceted and diverse information needs of these target groups are reflected in the structure of this full report and its focus on the most important issues. The GRI content index at the end of the report provides a comprehensive overview of the most important subjects in agreement with the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI content outside this scope is not presented. This report also meets the high requirements defined by the UN Global Compact and also presents EVN’s progress in meeting the relevant standards.

Scope of the report

EVN’s financial year begins on 1 October and ends on 30 September. The components of the integrated financial and sustainability report is based on EVN’s scope of consolidation as of 30 September 2017, in accordance with consolidation regulations. Information on the scope of consolidation is provided in the notes.

This report meets the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) “comprehensive standards“ and also includes additional company-specific indicators which were added to the GRI content index. EVN’s objective is to provide detailed information on the subjects that are of key importance to its stakeholders. The reporting content is based on legal requirements, the information needs of stakeholders and the most important areas of activity in EVN’s materiality matrix. There were no material changes in the scope or presentation of information compared with the previous year’s report. 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. Consequently, the GRI Content Index does not include the indicators that are not applicable to EVN.

The accounting department, controlling department, human resources management and environmental protection and sustainability department were responsible for the collection and calculation of data. The data are based on the respective GRI standards, which were applied as completely as possible. Compliance with this reporting standard and the related criteria was reviewed and officially confirmed by the independent testing institute TÜV SÜD.

EVN also believes in equal gender treatment in its internal and external publications, including this full report. Any statements made in the male form to improve readability refer equally to both genders.

References

Additional information on certain topics is provided on EVN’s homepage and cross-referenced in this report. The full report also includes references to the GRI standards and to other information within the report. Different reference signs are used to facilitate the reader’s orientation inside and outside the report. The signs used in this full report are listed below:

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Printing

Only pollutant-free and recyclable materials were used in the printing process for this full report. This includes the paper used for the report as well as the printing ink, which is made with purely plant-based ingredients.

The editorial deadline for this report was 20 November 2017.

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