Our Stakeholder


Following EWE’s strategic reorientation, it has become even more essential to be connected, to have partners and to enjoy the absolute trust of our employees and customers. The transition of the energy economy is making it increasingly important to forge partnerships and pool strengths. Yet the change can only take place if all groups of stakeholders are included. This requires transparency. Our stakeholders are important to us, as is a regular dialogue with them. Not least because as an energy company, we bear an even greater responsibility for societal issues, especially for shaping the energy transition.

 EWE stakeholders

  • Customers
  • Employees
  • EWE shareholders
  • Suppliers and business partners
  • Society and politicians

» G4-24, G4-25

Materiality matrix

» G4-19


Most recently in 2013 we carried out a materiality analysis to determine the key issues to us and our stakeholders. The previous matrix maps the aspects identified by the analysis. The X and Y axes of the matrix indicate the relative significance of the aspects to EWE and its stakeholders.

These aspects have not lost their significance in light of EWE’s new corporate strategy. In this, the first integrated report by EWE, we present more detailed information on these aspects alongside key indicators in the sections entitled “Our Resources” (page 18 et seqq) “Responsible Management” (integrated report page 34 – 35) in the “Indicator Notes” see PDF Integrated Report, page 147 et seqq.
» G4-18


To open a dialogue with our stakeholders and nurture an exchange of ideas is a fundamental objective on which we never stop working on a variety of levels. Dialogues never fail to present opportunities, even in the face of challenging times and difficult subjects. Here are two selected examples from the reporting year:

Grid advisory boards at EWE NETZ

The grid advisory board dialogue format introduced in 2014 took root in 2016. EWE NETZ held a total of 14 events where subjects such as planned investments, construction measures and regulatory issues were discussed with municipal representatives. The open dialogue supports trusting collaboration, for instance in the renegotiation of easements or in the opening up of new regions. Representatives from 13 districts in the north west and the city of Oldenburg entered into a dialogue with EWE in 2016.


In close collaboration with industry and the German government, EWE was also actively involved in information security and critical infrastructure in 2016. UP KRITIS is a public-private initiative between operators of critical infrastructure (KRITIS), industrial associations and the relevant government offices. EWE has been working with this initiative for a number of years. In 2016 more important application assistants were made available to help affected companies implement the strict legislative requirements with regard to information security more easily. For example, standards were developed for supplier obligations, methods were developed for executing reporting processes and industry-specific standards were developed to ensure safety.

Generally speaking, EWE uses the regular dialogue with companies and authorities and the resulting contacts to glean detailed information and to prepare for the rapid changes in information security legislation. In turn, the sector benefits from the practical experience of EWE through the exchange.

EWE memberships

  • German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW)
  • German Association of Local Utilities (VKU)
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V.
  • Netzwerk Compliance e. V.

» G4-26, G4-27