Organising transparent and liquid markets
We pursue the objective of providing the participants with a fair and transparent market platform, hence ensuring sustainable liquidity on these markets. We operate an exchange trading platform for energy, related products and other commodities. This way, we ensure that all trading participants can trade in a secure and regulated market on an equal footing. In this process, we connect various European and international markets and offer our trading participants the broadest possible scope of action. They are given access to fair and transparent prices which we publish so as to make them visible - for everyone, every day.
However, we do not only create transparency with regard to the prices and volumes traded on our markets: Power plant operators, for example, use the transparency platform to report their plants’ planned and actual generation.
At the same time, we also offer various services which the market participants can use to fulfil their reporting requirements in the framework of various regulations (e.g. REMIT). As a result, we create a holistic offering for the markets in which we operate.
Responsible, environmentally and resource-friendly corporate management
EEX relies on responsible corporate management. This includes a sustainable and long-term human resources policy as well as the protection of the environment and resources within the scope of our work. Strengthening the compatibility of work and private responsibilities and promoting the further personal development of our employees are of great importance to us.
“Good corporate citizen”: Social commitment
We actively support charitable initiatives and associations dedicated to education, sustainability, the environment and social concerns. In line with the slogan “Think globally, act locally”, the focus is on the sites at which EEX operates. In addition, we advocate the promotion of education and science relating to the energy market and energy-related subjects. In this respect, EEX also presents the EEX Excellence Award for outstanding academic theses dealing with technical, commercial or political questions related to energy and exchange trading.
For our employees
Our employees, their motivation and performance are an important factor in the success of EEX. Therefore, we set great store by a long-term and family-oriented human resources policy alongside an open corporate culture. Our company consists of people of various ages with different nationalities and in different life situations. Respectful interaction is the cornerstone – hence making sure that employees enjoy working with us. We consider internal communication to be a key process for informing our employees and ensuring that they “are onboard”.
Certification as familiy-friendly company
In March 2016, we have been awarded the title of a family-friendly company in the framework of the “audit berufundfamilie”. We have also signed a target agreement in the context of the audit in order to targetedly develop the offering for its employees. Compliance with the targets through the continuous expansion of the human resources measures is reviewed regularly and forms the basis for the maintenance of the certification.
Compatibility of career and private responsibilities
It is a matter of course for us that our employees – both men and women – can return to their previous position (and are not just given a comparable position) after the end of their parental leave. After parental leave, we enable all employees (including executive staff) to work part-time. Furthermore, last year, we set up a parent-child office in Leipzig where children can be looked after in a child-friendly atmosphere during working hours, if required. As an alternative, we provide the required technical equipment to enable parents to work from home. Furthermore, we offer our employees support in finding child care and also offer flexible working hours.
Individual further training options
EEX offers various programmes and options for further training for its employees. In the framework of the annual target agreement process, we establish specific targets and measures individually with every employee. All colleagues can attend language courses free of charge. Since our group now operates at 13 sites, foreign language skills have become an important factor which we support and promote. Our development into an international corporation also offers further oppertunities. For example, our employees can be delegated to another EEX site for several months in order to get to know further aspects of the company - as well as different cultures and to develop further within the setting of EEX. To support our junior staff, we also offer a 24-month trainee programme in which college or university graduates are given company-specific and interdepartmental training. Technical experts can pursue the so-called senior career – a programme including targeted further training and support.
EEX promotes a healthy lifestyle for its employees. For example, we subsidies fitness studio memberships and weekly sports groups. We also support healthy nutrition at the workplace by providing free fruit and vegetables every day. The staff can also prepare fresh meals at our fully equipped kitchens. In addition, we also regularly carry out preventative medical measures and health checks on our own premises.
For the environment
The environment provides us with the bases of life and resources that we have to protect and preserve. Companies use ecological resources – therefore, they also carry responsibility for the environment. Companies that consume sustainably establish a position for themselves as serious players that actively design and consider their actions – and ensure that there will still be an environment in which we can live and consume in the future.
We primarily support sustainable ecological projects within our region. The natural environment in and around Leipzig is very close to our hearts. Therefore, we selectively want to support projects and associations committed to its preservation. In addition to this, there are further measures which EEX and its employees implement in their day-to-day work.
Our ecological footprint
EEX pursues the aim of keeping its “ecological footprint” as small as possible and continuously reducing it through targeted measures. In this context, we focus on a reduction of the consumption of power, water, paper and office supplies as well as on a compensation of the direct and indirect CO2 emissions, which are, specifically, caused by the travel activities of our employees. Specific measures undertaken by EEX for the improvement of the business ecology, for example, include the following:
- Green power at the Leipzig headquarters from 2015
- Compensation of CO2 emissions resulting from business trips
- Use of video conferencing technology in order to avoid business trips
- Offers and subsidisation of commuter tickets for public passenger transport for our employees
- Provision of bikes for short business trips within Leipzig
- Use of long-lasting and ecologically certified hardware
- Responsible procurement: In the procurement of materials and printing orders, aspects of environmental compatibility are taken into account.
- Sustainable and climate-neutral purchase of letterheads, envelopes and business cards
In this endeavour, we need all our employees’ commitment – in a competition on the subject of sustainability held in 2014, numerous employees have submitted improvement proposals from which further measures were derived and implemented.
For the society
Social commitment makes a decisive contribution to the sustainable design and promotion of society. On the one hand, this creates a direct benefit for society through the support for organisations and institutions promoting common welfare. In addition, it is also a form of democracy in which individual people and companies support a project, which would otherwise not be supported or receive only a little support by the state, in line with their interests and values. As a result, these supporters can make a decisive contribution to society. Furthermore, social commitment also contributes to the resolution or alleviation of social problems and grievances.
Support for charitable projects
We support projects and associations that integrate underprivileged children and teenagers into society, increase their quality of life and give them perspectives for a route to a better future. We consider it to be our responsibility to promote equal opportunities and social justice by supporting these projects and we are convinced that our commitment within society is a necessary addition to the measures undertaken by the government. Society as a whole can only work, and be sustainably improved, through measures such as these.
In 2016, we supported the following institutions and associations financially:
- Anna Linde gGmbh
- Ökolöwen e.V.
- Auwaldstation Leipzig
- Leipziger Kinderstiftung
- Zukunft für Kinder e.V.
- Urban Souls
- Südcafé Leipzig
- Havering Mind
- Futures for Kids
- Katharine House Hospice
- Patternmakers Charitable Foundation
Internal fundraising campaigns
We also offer our employees a platform for private social commitment. We arrange fundraising campaigns and inform our employees of how they can make a personal contribution several times a year.
For example, in 2016, we jointly organised two cake sales for a good cause and collected donations in kind for refugees several times.
During the Christmas season, we support Leipzig children’s homes. In cooperation with the “Zukunft für Kinder” [“A Future for Children”] association, we set up a “Christmas Wish Tree” on which small wishes from children from the Leipzig children’s homes for Christmas were displayed. For example, for Christmas 2016, 240 presents for children in need from the region were provided by EEX and its employees. This campaign met with an overwhelming response from within the company and in many cases, families and friends of colleagues also joined in.
Personal commitment is not only very important to us as a company but also for many of our colleagues. Therefore, we implemented a “Social Day” for the first time in 2014. The aim of this day is to support social institutions in and around Leipzig and, at the same time, to strengthen the team dynamic between colleagues. To this end, EEX gives a large proportion of its staff an entire day off and donates urgently needed materials to the respective institutions. The support provided included DIY and repair activities as well as support for the residents of a nursing home. As a result of the positive feedback which we received from our employees (as well as the institutions supported), we once again arranged a Social Day in 2015.
EEX Group Excellence Award
Since 2011, EEX honours scientific papers or theses that deal with current questions in the field of energy and exchange trading with the EEX Group Excellence Award. Awards can be presented for up to five theses which are convincing on account of their creativity and offer new approaches to solutions, in addition to a profound discussion of the problem.
Click here to get more information about the EEX Group Excellence Award.
European industry and millions of its employees have benefitted for over half a century from peace, freedom and economic cooperation. It is the basis of our economic prosperity and quality of life. And that foundation must not be jeopardised. This is why we, as internationally operating companies, are declaring our common commitment – to an open, united and strong Europe!
The European Economic Community (EEC), a milestone in the economic and political cohesion of Europe, was founded 60 years ago, at a time when the rubble of two devastating world wars had not been completely removed and our continent bore all the scars of war and suffering. The Europe in which we now live is a different, better Europe.
As the largest internal market in the world, Europe is a heavyweight in international trade. The per capita GDP of the six founding nations of the EEC has since tripled in size. We have a degree of personal prosperity and freedom that was unimaginable directly after the end of the 2nd World War.
As internationally operating companies, we are all agreed that Europe gives us many benefits and now is the right moment for us to give something back.
From the outset, political and economic integration were mutually supportive growth drivers. The common market was just the starting point of an increasingly interwoven European world: goods and services are freely traded today, and every day the old borders and language barriers are disregarded as a matter of course.
It is where people meet. It is the lifeblood of Europe. While it needs to be discussed which topics the EU should address itself and which it should leave to the member states, we should return to a focus on the benefits of the union instead of constantly complaining about red tape and regulation.
Yet these benefits of European integration are often seen as the norm. The fact that they only emerged as the result of enormous effort is sometimes overlooked or forgotten. But we in our companies experience the many benefits of Europe on a day-to-day basis. Our everyday life and working world is an international one. And we want to draw attention to that.
We are committed to supporting the future of Europe, which is why this issue is and will remain important for our communication agenda. We support all areas of society actively and constructively lobbying for European unity. And we want to encourage those responsible in government, industry and society to continue strengthening the cause of a united Europe and work together on making it better. As internationally operating companies, we want to play our part in this.
„For peace, freedom and prosperity – for a united Europe!“