In March 2014, the Executive Board of RWE AG approved the RWE Inclusion Action Plan for the German Group companies and decided to implement it. With this plan, RWE is particularly promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all corporate activities. The agreed targets will continue to be implemented in the RWE Group companies without innogy SE. Their lasting effect is reflected in the constant employment rate of people with disabilities, the offer of internships for young people with disabilities and the sustainable barrier-free provision of workplaces for people who are impaired in their participation in the workplace. Our social and societal responsibility towards them is laid down throughout Europe in the Social Charter and the Charter of Diversity and is practically implemented through awareness-raising campaigns and targeted measures in personnel development, training, employment and health as well as appropriate workplace design and accessibility. The fact that inclusion takes place here is also co-designed and monitored by the employee representatives.
Everyone has a right to inclusion. This means that people with and without disabilities should live and work together as a matter of course, because disability and performance are not mutually exclusive. People with disabilities should be equal and self-determined members of society and should also work together with people without disabilities. This is legally anchored in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. From the legal to the actual inclusion of people with disabilities, however, there is still a long way to go, the first steps of which have already been taken: Inclusion takes place in the mind, which is why all those involved are aware of the great relevance and significance. For example, inclusion or the appreciation of diversity is also an integral part of codes of conduct, target agreements and staff appraisals. Only in this way can we live up to the principles anchored in our corporate philosophy.