Human Resources & Business Support, Legal & Risk and Finance and IT are internal group functions providing specific know-how and competences in the service of Repowerʼs market-oriented organisation. In the first half of 2017 they continued to provide other departments with lean processes and expert advice on HR, legal, financial and IT matters.
In the first six months Repower made various minor divestments (property and foreign companies) which all in all had a slightly positive impact on results.
Sustainability at Repower: more than workplace safety, the environment and certifications
Repower places great emphasis on workplace safety, the environment and certifications, and has an integrated management system to ensure high standards in these areas. For a number of years this has included two systems for managing employee health and safety (BS OHSAS 18001:2007) and the environment (SN EN ISO 14001:2015). Both these management systems are due for recertification in the second half of 2017. Added to this, the Generation and Grid units will see certification of their quality management system for the first time (SN EN ISO 9001:2015).
These management systems have already brought about demonstrable successes in areas such as health and safety at work. In recent years Repower has managed to substantially reduce absences due to illness and workplace accidents thanks to a series of preventive measures.
But for Repower, sustainability goes way beyond the certification of its management systems. Sustainability has been defined by management as one of the key elements of Repowerʼs strategy, and it therefore impacts every area of the business. For example Repower supplies its customers in Switzerland with electricity from 100 per cent renewable resources. The company is also working towards a completely renewable portfolio of generation assets.
In the first half of 2017 Repower also had ecoVadis evaluate its corporate social responsibility (CSR), receiving a silver medal.
Other segments and activities posted operating income (EBIT) of CHF –1 million in the first half of 2017 (versus CHF 5 million in the first half of 2016).