CEZ Group recognizes its social, environmental, and financial responsibilities linked to its operations and business activities in the European market. Our goal is to be a decent responsible corporate citizen and a good neighbor who is actively and consistently involved in the support and development of community life. CEZ Group supports projects in various areas including (but not limited to) education, culture, sports, environmental protection, improvement of local infrastructure, and healthcare.
We will continue to be a good corporate citizen cultivating good relationships with communities
We will maintain the highest NPS among the major electricity suppliers
We will bring all key customer processes online by 2025
Human capital development
We will maintain our position as the most attractive employer for future talents and existing employees
Human capital development
We will provide reassignment, retraining and reskilling or compensation for all employees affected by coal phase-out
CEZ Group was the absolute winner with the title Jasná volba (Clear Choice) in a poll of 12,000 university students.
ČEZ Prodej topped the Most Trusted Brand ranking in the category of energy suppliers for the fifth year in a row.
ČEZ, a.s., ranked second in „Large company with more than 5,000 employees“ category and ČEZ Distribuce ranked third in the „Medium company with up to 5,000 employees“ category of the Sodexo Employer of the Year competition.
CEZ Group polled as the best supplier of the last resort in a survey by Ipsos.
CEZ Group will participate in the construction of the FAIR particle accelerator, which will by one of the largest in the world.
A record amount of almost CZK 7 million was raised in the employee collection „Granting Wishes“ for people in difficult life situations.
More than 73,000 pupils and students took part in virtual tours of CEZ Group´s power plants.
CEZ Group sent care packages prepared by 23 regional sheltered workshops to 60 hospitals to be distributed to more than 20,000 healthcare workers.
CEZ Group´s directions include the commitments to provide the best energy solutions and highest quality customer experience and to modernize and digitize distribution and retail in Czechia. By 2025, all key customer processes will be available online. We offer energy solutions to various individuals and institutions: residential customers, industrial companies, small and medium-sized businesses, municipalities, public and private organizations, hospitals, schools, sports arenas, and companies managing buildings and premises of all types. Our energy solutions reduce energy consumption and improve our customer’s quality of life by using advanced technology for electricity and heat generation, lighting comfort, and mobility.
Modernizing and digitizing distribution and sales in Czechia, developing comprehensive services with respect to customer’s needs.
Developing energy services sources in Czechia while fulfilling the Czech energy and climate plan.
Developing energy services abroad to achieve a significant market position in Germany, Northern Italy, and Poland.
CEZ Foundation has been active all over the country and has made 13,764 contributions totaling nearly CZK 3.1 billion over the course of its operations.
The purpose of the CEZ Foundation is to achieve public benefit goals—the foundation’s contributions are aimed primarily at helping the needy, health care, support for research and development, education, sports activities, the environment, culture, animal protection and health, support for local development programs, fire protection, community activities, and civil society development projects.
In 2021, the foundation supported 1,181 public benefit projects with CZK 184.87 million in programs that responded to the current needs of society. The projects included regular grant programs, special aid in the aftermath of the devastating tornado in South Moravia, and other activities.
Every year, the CEZ Foundation announces several public grant procedures that reflect the company’s current needs.
The Support for Regions grant program is aimed at supporting projects of public benefit. The submitted projects may relate to support for children and young people, health, social care, people with disabilities, science, education, culture, sport, or the environment. Applicants can be legal persons based in Czechia.
In 2021, we supported 737 applications worth CZK 130.6 million.
The Orange Playground grant application is aimed at supporting the construction and complete reconstruction of children's, sports, multi-purpose, and other playgrounds. The playgrounds are subject to public accessibility, with the exception of playgrounds at kindergartens and health and social facilities. The aim of the project is to motivate active leisure and maintain a healthy lifestyle at all ages.
In 2021, we supported the creation of 33 playgrounds for CZK 13.6 million.
Since 2003, that's 644 playgrounds for CZK 401.8 million
The Nonprofits grant program is focused on developing and professionalizing nonprofit organizations that provide direct social care services. Organizations can apply for a foundation grant to improve the quality of care for staff, improve the quality of services and their expansion, and consolidate and raise the visibility of the organization's position in relation to clients, the public, and donors.
In 2021, we supported 64 projects with CZK 5.4 million.
The Trees grant program is aimed at planting green areas in towns and villages and their vicinity. New alleys, noise and dust walls, windbreaks, and group plantings are created. Native tree species are planted, with old varieties, especially fruit trees, being a common choice. Professional gardeners, but also local citizens, volunteer firefighters, children from local kindergartens, and primary schools get involved in the planting. Families often “adopt” the trees and continue to take care of them.
In 2021, we supported 51 projects with CZK 5 million.
Since 2011, 601 projects and 107,241 trees have been planted.
The aim of the Orange Crossing grant program is to improve public safety by installing lighting at pedestrian crossings. The foundation contribution is intended for the installation of lighting for as yet unlit dangerous pedestrian crossings in the inner and outer suburbs.
We contributed CZK 3 million to the lighting of 27 pedestrian crossings in 2021.
Since 2013, 199 crossings have been illuminated at a cost of CZK 28.3 million
The Employee Grants are aimed at supporting nonprofit organizations in Czechia in which CEZ Group employees actively participate in their free time. The most frequent applicants are sports clubs, volunteer firefighters, hobby groups, organizations caring for people with disabilities, and animal and environmental protection organizations.
In 2021, we supported 103 projects with CZK 3 million.
Since the inception of the grant programme in 2013, 929 projects worth CZK 27 million have received financial support.
The Granting Wishes charity project is aimed at supporting individuals who find themselves in a difficult life situation, particularly due to a serious illness or injury of themselves or a family member. CEZ Group employees recommend a specific person and then contribute any amount of money to the selected person in the days before Christmas. The CEZ Foundation will double the collected amount.
1,700 CEZ Group employees participated in the campaign and raised CZK 3.45 million.
The Foundation doubled the amount to CZK 6.9 million.
Move to Help mobile app is a tool that allows the user to determine by their own active movement which projects and in what amount the CEZ Foundation should financially support. The app records the user's movement and generates points in addition to the usual speed, time, pace, and distance data. The user can donate these points at any time to any of the currently offered projects of nonprofit organizations, schools, or municipalities.
In 2021, 336 projects were supported with CZK 24.8 million.
Over half a million users spent 946,881 hours with the app and travelled 5.7 million kilometres.
The app has almost 600,000 users.
We respect the sustainability agenda adopted by the Czech government in the strategic Framework Czech Republic 2030 and we apply two key principles of the United Nations 2030 Agenda: quality of life and sustainability.
The Czech strategic framework is based on seventeen global sustainable development goals (SDGs) adapted by the United nations member States in 2015. We link the selected global topics to CEZ Group’s sustainable development strategy. In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
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. In our VISION 2030—Clean Energy of Tomorrow, we have set a long-term goal to maintain the position of a first-choice employer. We want to maintain the reputation of an attractive company that is also a top employer. We provide competitive remuneration while respecting gender neutrality and the principle of equal pay for equal or equivalent work. Depending on the performance of the company, team, and individuals, we adjust salaries accordingly each year.
CEZ Group has always been a responsible corporate citizen. We believe that providing equal opportunities and promoting diversity and inclusion is a natural way of doing business innovatively and sustainably. We strongly advocate diversity, equal opportunities, and a respectful working environment. Our strategy to bridge inequalities is outlined in the Code of Conduct. At the same time, we strive to cultivate good community relationships as the basis for long-term sustainable development. In December 2021, the Board of Directors adopted a Diversity and Inclusion Policy, binding for all CEZ Group companies. The policy protects vulnerable groups of employees and provides them with opportunities. It includes measures to improve employment conditions for employees over 50, employees with disabilities, parents of young children, LGBT+, and informal caregivers.
Decarbonization and coal exit will affect our employees and the regions where we do business – the E impacts the S. At the same time, we do not forget vulnerable customers, such as people with disabilities. In our business, we must minimize negative impacts on the most vulnerable groups, and that requires a strong G. To mitigate these impacts, collective agreements with trade unions guarantee just transition to our employees, and our policies declare our commitments and responsibilities publicly to all stakeholders.
In CEZ Group, we contribute to meeting the SDG 2 criteria primarily by two means: through the CEZ Foundation and by providing opportunities and fair working conditions. The CEZ Foundation actively supports projects focused on nutrition and the fight against hunger. We collaborate with non-profits and social enterprises that care for people in need.
Good Health and Well-Being
In CEZ Group, the Board of Directors is responsible for the Environmental Protection and Safety Policy and the Energy Policy. The policies prioritize Environmental Management System (EMS) according to ISO 14001 and the Energy Management System according to ISO 50001. As a responsible corporate citizen, we offer our employees a wide range of benefits and incentives, including healthcare (e.g., sick days, above-standard health examinations, health days).
We work closely with schools and universities and organize various events, programs, and internships for pupils, students, and teachers. We hold the Summer University for students at technical universities so that they can learn more about working in a nuclear power plant. Selected students receive a scholarship and start their career at CEZ Group. Women are especially encouraged to join the summer course. We are also proud of our World of Energy education program, which has a 30-year history of supporting technical education.
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.
Hundreds of indicators mapping the company’s progress in terms of sustainability are available online in a clearly structured format. With only a few mouse clicks, anyone can now monitor how successful CEZ Group is at fulfilling the objectives of its ambitious strategy Vision 2030. CEZ Group is the first energy company in the Czech Republic to launch a comprehensive ESG data library with data for the last three year. The number of disclosed indicators makes it the largest database among all European utilities.
The number of CEZ charging stations has reached 500 with the total installed capacity exceeding 35 MW.
Over the next ten years, CEZ plans to recruit an estimated 2,600 new employees to nuclear power plants.
A record number of people visited the CEZ Group's power plants in 2022: the total number of visitors reached 247,250.