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Sustainability report 19/20

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We listen to our stakeholders, provide comprehensive information and communicate regularly with the public, local authorities, public agencies and key local institutions. We believe this is crucial for building productive partnerships.

Our aim is to provide all participants in the various phases of our projects with transparent, clear and understandable information, and to involve them in official procedures in good time. Our communication guidelines for projects help us to take a structured approach to achieving these goals.

For us, sustainable operations mean thinking about the future now. This is why we take account of biodiversity and the environmental impacts of our activities right from the planning stage in all of our projects.
Andrea Schlager | Head of Authority Coordination and Business Environment Management

We are committed to promoting open dialogue, and our Executive Board proactively engages with the general public and local authorities. In 2019 and early 2020, RAG CEO Markus Mitteregger visited mayors in key local authorities that host RAG facilities, talking to them about future focuses, RAG’s realignment (“Renewables and gas”), and the future of energy storage. Other, more established forms of dialogue, such as guided tours of our facilities, the 2020 Long Night of Research, and open days, had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. We plan to make use of these and other platforms once again over the next two years.

Commitment to host regions

Due to our close links with the regions where we operate – which go back decades in some cases – RAG sees itself as part of the communities that host its facilities. This is why we give preference to regional procurement, as well as creating and protecting jobs in the various regions. For the good of local communities, we also support vital regional organisations such as emergency services as well as social and charitable facilities, including the social supermarket in Strasswalchen, and local authority social funds, which provide anonymous donations to families in need, in order to avoid the stigma associated with such support. We also sponsor educational partners such as Vöcklabruck Technical College and the University of Leoben, as well as cultural facilities including the Austrian National Library.

Over the next two years, we plan to cooperate with additional schools in Braunau, Wels and Salzburg that have been awarded the MINT quality seal. Sparking school pupils’ enthusiasm for maths, IT, natural science and technology is particularly important to us. In 2021, we will draw up a donations and sponsorship policy that will enable us to identify which regional facilities and organisations deserve our support in future on the basis of transparent guidelines.