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Clean Energy of Tomorrow is the answer of CEZ Group to societal request for sustainability. We were searching deep and found real possibilities of how to reach carbon neutrality which is one of the EU top priorities and which is also important for citizens of our country and for ourselves. If there is only a slight chance to generate electrical energy in clean and no-emission manner thanks to modern technologies, it will be necessary to find ways to reach such goal. The CEZ Group found that way. It updated its long-term strategy and defined actual goals up to 2030 in the areas of environment, social needs, and administration and company management. It declared the setting of those goals publicly in May 2021 and it is prepared to reach them.

Our targets

Environmental

Environmental

  • Decarbonization
  • Waste
  • Renewables
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Social

Social

  • Community
  • Customer Orientation
  • Human capital development
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Governance

Governance

  • Diversity and equal opportunities
  • Business ethics
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Policies

We are aware of our role in society and the responsibility this role inevitably entails. Our management emphasizes ethical principles in all employee and supply chain conduct. Through sound business ethics and relations, we strive to pave the way for trust with both shareholders and stakeholders.

Code of conduct

Code of conduct

CEZ Group management promotes ethical values in all business activities and conduct. Management clearly states its objective in two main documents: the Code of Conduct Policy (Code of Conduct) and the Compliance Management System Policy.

The Code of Conduct sets forth ethical rules for employees and members of CEZ Group's statutory bodies. Details of practical measures (e.g., training, prevention of conflicts of interest, whistleblowing, investigations) are part of the subsequent internal guidelines.
The Board of Directors of ČEZ, a. s., accepts full responsibility for compliance with the adopted ethical standards. This responsibility includes, among other things, the creation of appropriate conditions, adequate resources, effective governance structures, and control mechanisms.

The Code of Conduct exists in two publicly available versions: the basic version - the Decalogue and the unabridged version - the Alphabet. Both documents undergo regular reviews to reflect legislative demands and best practice.

The Code of Conduct is binding on all employees. New employees must review the Code upon hiring. From 2022, the frequency of training was adjusted to an annual basis with at least 95% of staff participating.

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The commitment of the Company's management to promoting ethical principles in business activities, the conduct of its employees and business partners is enshrined in two major CEZ Group documents. These are the Code of Conduct, which sets out the ethical rules of conduct for employees and members of CEZ Group's statutory bodies, and the Compliance Management System Policy, which sets out CEZ Group's compliance responsibilities, conditions, and tools. In both of these documents, the Board of Directors of ČEZ, a.s., accepts without reservation its responsibility in terms of applicable legislation and international standards for compliance with the adopted standards of ethical conduct and undertakes to create and develop the corresponding conditions, additional human and financial resources, effective management structures, and controls.

Approved in 2019, the Compliance Management System (CMS) Policy covers the topics of corporate ethics, corruption prevention, criminal risks, competition rules, etc. Given its broad scope, CMS Policy has sought to create a unified and effective tool for managing risks of non-compliance and rules of behavior. The current CMS built on the CMS Policy meets the following international compliance standards:

  • ISO 37001:2016 – Anti-Corruption Management System,
  • ISO 19600:2014 – Compliance Management System.

To assist in the practical management of CMS objectives, the Board of Directors established an advisory body, the Corporate Compliance Committee. Having a delegated authority over corporate compliance, the Committee evaluates current and potential compliance risks, assesses their impacts and management. In addition, the Committee regularly reports to the Board of Directors on its activities, main events, performance, and the results of CMS which the Board approves.
In 2021, CMS underwent an independent external evaluation by Deloitte. Deloitte´s findings concluded that the CMS was at the level of ISO standard 37301:2021 – Compliance management systems – Requirements with guidance for use. Moreover, the audit company reaffirmed that CMS included vital compliance elements – prevention, detection, and response.

CEZ Group’s strategy fully reflects the principles of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and sustainability, i.e., emphasis on assessing and managing the environmental impact of business, on internal and external stakeholders and society-wide interests, and on responsible and ethical corporate governance. CEZ Group prepares the CEZ Group Sustainability Report every year based on GRI and other international standards.

ESG and a sustainable approach are an integral part of CEZ Group’s management and corporate strategy. It is not one-off compliance with new requirements but a continuous adaptation of CEZ Group’s strategy to all trends in the energy sector and approach to business as such.

In accordance with the CEZ Group's interest, management systems are being introduced to support corporate management. These management systems are certified by accredited certification bodies or verified by independent bodies designated for this purpose, in accordance with the expectations of stakeholders. Certification of individual companies within the CEZ Group promotes transparency and communication to the general public and other stakeholders. We have been successful in obtaining the following ISO accreditations:

ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery management systems
ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery management systems

In 2021, the departments of Procurement and Compliance met the requirements for the certification of the anti-corruption management system according to ISO 37001:2016. CEZ is the first company listed on the Prague Stock Exchange and the first energy company in Central Europe to boast compliance with this international standard.

ISO 9001 – Quality management systems
ISO 9001 – Quality management systems

We want to ensure, that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services. For this purpose we operate a quality management system which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001.

ISO 14001 – Environmental management systems
ISO 14001 – Environmental management systems

CEZ Group considers environmental protection as an integral part of its management system. CEZ Group’s Environmental Management System (EMS) follows the requirements of the management system standard ISO 14001. The Board of Directors is responsible for environmental protection and approves the Environmental Safety and Protection Policy.

ISO 50001 – Energy management systems
ISO 50001 – Energy management systems

Since 2015, the Energy Management System (EnMS) has been a key tool for energy savings in CEZ Group. EnMS fully aligns with the Environmental Management System (EMS), and together they help fulfill our responsibilities. EnMS follows the ISO 50001 standard and is set up at most of our sites.

ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management systems
ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety management systems

In CEZ Group, occupational health and safety (OHS) has a major role in the overall company management. The OHS management system is covered by the Safety and Environmental Protection Policy. Selected CEZ Group companies are holders of the Safe Enterprise certificate or hold ISO 45001 certificates.

ISO 27001 – Information security management systems
ISO 27001 – Information security management systems

Information and cyber security is an essential part of the management system in any large organisation. CEZ follows the Information Security Management System according to ISO 27001.

Main SDGs

Main SDGs

Environmental

Environmental

SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

 As the world population grows, so does the demand for affordable energy. The goal is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Expanding infrastructure and modernising technology will ensure clean and efficient energy in all countries, boosting growth and helping the environment.

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SDG 13 - Climate action

There is no country that does not experience the impacts of climate change. Global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threaten to cause irreversible consequences if we do not act. The goal is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
 

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Social

Social

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Sustained economic growth positively affects the whole world. The goal is the promotion of sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. We must protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers. We must take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and end modern slavery and child labour.

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SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Reducing inequalities within and among countries requires global solutions. We must empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all and ensure equal opportunity. This includes improving regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and adopting protection policies to progressively achieve greater equality.

 

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Governance

Governance

SDG 5 - Gender equality

Gender inequality and discrimination must be eradicated. The goal is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. All forms of discrimination and violence against women must be eliminated. Political, economic and social equality of women will benefit the whole society. We must ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in the political, economic and public life.

 

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SDG 16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions

We must promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Promoting the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensuring equal access to justice for all are key to the process. We cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance based on the rule of law. We must promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.

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Other SDGs

Environmental

  • SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 14 - Life below water
  • SDG 15 - Life on land
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Governance

  • SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
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Social

  • SDG 1 – No poverty
  • SDG 2 – Zero hunger
  • SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
  • SDG 4 – Quality education
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