Coal mining is a complex process that encroaches on the environment. Ensuring good working and living conditions in coal mining is consequently always a special challenge. EnBW has long maintained direct contact for this purpose with mining companies and also all other stakeholders who contribute to improving working and living conditions in line with internationally recognised standards, from trade union and civil society representatives to governmental and non-governmental organisations.
Stakeholder dialogue centres on respect for human rights, compliance with occupational health and safety standards, safeguarding freedom of association, environment and climate protection and, in particular, reducing negative health impacts on local populations.
In line with the requirements of responsible corporate governance, EnBW assumes responsibility for the entire supply chain. We take allegations of non-compliance with sustainability standards very seriously and implement targeted action involving all relevant stakeholders to secure improvements in coal mining countries and continuously improve standards for responsible coal procurement.
We believe that sanctions-only approaches have only limited effect and do not help improve local living and working conditions in the medium to long term. This makes it all the more important for us to collaborate and engage in dialogue with our suppliers and other local stakeholders (communities, employees, trade unions, NGOs, etc.) in order to identify structural problems at an early stage and work together on solutions.