EVN supports the UN Global Compact

EVN supports the UN Global Compact

In the course of expanding its international activities, in September 2005 EVN joined the UN Global Compact and thus committed itself to adherence to the global principles of ethical and ecological business conduct.

 About the UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact represents a worldwide voluntary scheme for companies based on an initiative of the United Nations and its former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.  At present, the UN Global Compact has more than 10,000 corporate participants (including 78 Austrian companies) from over 168 countries.

The Ten Principles and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are at the heart of the UN Global Compact. Covering the areas of labour standards, human rights, environmental protection and the fight against corruption, the Ten Principles define the core demands of the international community represented in the United Nations regarding the sustainable governance of companies that takes into account the interests of all the stakeholders involved.

The Ten Principles contained in the UN Global Compact are based on a global consensus derived from the following declarations and conventions:

  1. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations
  2. International Labour Organisation (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work
  3. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  4. The United Nations Convention against Corruption

Organisations wishing to participate in the UN Global Compact are committed to implementing the universally valid Ten Principles and supporting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

EVN is proud to be a pioneer in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility in Austria. Already in 2002, we were among the first companies in Austria to publish a Sustainability Report; we became a participant of the UN Global Compact in September 2005. Since 2012, EVN has also been represented in the Steering Committee of the Austrian Global Compact Network. The aim of this committee is to operate the activities of the Austrian UNGC network.

Stefan Szyszkowitz, Spokesman of the EVN Executive Board, says: 

"EVN is an energy and environmental services company operating in Lower Austria as well as in 20 other countries in Europe. In particular, one of our priorities is security i.e. the security of the energy supply, along with the quality of how we provide energy but also water to our customers. The bottom line is that the reasonable and efficient handling of resources is the decisive factor. We accomplish this by continuously evaluating our processes, deploying new technologies and consulting with external stakeholders again and again on how we can do things a bit better.”

For further information go to www.unglobalcompact.org. With its Stolipinovo project, EVN was included in the collection of the Italian Yearbook of the UN Global Compact 2011 as best practice example from Austria. In 2012, EVN was presented with two more examples in the Best Practice Collection of the UN Global Compact.