The communities in which we operate
In order to carry out our mission, strategy and activities well, we want to know the interests of our stakeholders and include these as much as possible in our decision-making. Shifts in our stakeholders’ interests can also have an impact on our strategy and activities. We are therefore constantly in dialogue with many different stakeholders.
We identify our stakeholders by the extent to which our activities affect them, and the extent to which they can have an influence on our organisation or operations. Our stakeholders include our customers, our partners in participations, our shareholder, employees, the local community, policy-makers, public authorities, regulatory authorities, investors, contractors, suppliers, the media, interest groups and social advocacy organisations. In our stakeholder table (see Annex), we provide more details about our most important stakeholders and their interests, as well as relevant points of discussion and the outcomes of these discussions.
We exchange most information through personal contact with our stakeholders. This approach is taken at all levels within the company, and by all departments. Our Executive Board is also closely involved in this process and has frequent contact with different stakeholders during the year, varying from the shareholder and political representatives to advocacy organisations and customers. In addition, we communicate through channels such as our website, social media and newsletters.
We are represented in various partnerships and consultative bodies. One of these is the interest group for the gas sector, Koninklijke Vereniging van Gasfabrikanten Nederland (KVGN), chaired by Han Fennema.
When reporting on results in our annual report, we believe it is important to take our stakeholders’ opinions into account. That is why in 2017, we updated the materiality analysis we carried out in 2015 (see ‘Our key topics’). Once again we asked stakeholders from various groups what they think of their relationship with Gasunie. These opinions can be read in various places throughout this annual report.
On 29 June, we organised an evening focused on the theme of the Sustainable Hydrogen Economy for a broad group of stakeholders. Attendees included representatives from government ministries, energy suppliers, regional network operators, Greenpeace, Klimaatverbond, Natuur & Milieu, and companies including the Dutch Railways (NS), Vopak and ProRail and a number of banks. Their attendance and the discussions that took place made their commitment to the topic and the connecting role that Gasunie can play in the energy transition all the more clear. The Executive Board and a number of members from the Supervisory Board were in attendance on behalf of Gasunie.