How we manage our commitment to Sustainability
The Uniper SE Management Board bears overall responsibility for the adoption and implementation of Group-wide sustainability measures, with the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) playing a key role. David Bryson became CSO on January 1, 2020. The CSO reports periodically to the Supervisory Board on strategic sustainability activities. As Uniper’s highest governance board, the Supervisory Board monitors the Group’s fulfillment of its sustainability obligations.
Our employees’ involvement is essential for achieving a robust sustainability culture. We strive to encourage their involvement by continually reinforcing their awareness of the importance of sustainability for our company, for the countries and communities where we operate, and for themselves as individuals.
The Management Board has assigned the Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) and Sustainability function the responsibility for defining Group-wide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) and for identifying ESG risks and emerging topics that could affect Uniper.
Uniper’s functional units and subsidiaries have a responsibility to implement HSSE and Sustainability Improvement Plans to help implement the Group’s overall HSSE and sustainability strategy and meet the associated objectives. The implementation plan for our new strategy includes clear targets and commitments of our functional units and subsidiaries to support the overall Group’s targets for a carbon-free future.
Our ESG risk management encompasses a governance structure, the assignment of duties and responsibilities and applicable policies. It assesses the external and internal ESG risks that could arise from our operations. ESG risk management is part of our overall enterprise risk management. In 2019, Uniper refined its ESG risk management process by establishing the ESG Task Force, a cross-functional steering committee whose purpose is to ensure that ESG risks are adequately identified, assessed, and mitigated.
Our focus areas are: